Review Category : Entertainment

Report: Terrence Howard’s Role on “Empire” to Be Reduced

Christopher Fragapane/FOX(NEW YORK) — Terrence Howard has stayed in the headlines thanks to drama in his personal life, and Fox reportedly has taken notice.

The New York Post‘s Page Six claims that the Oscar nominee’s role as Lucious Lyon on the network’s hit hip-hop drama Empire will be scaled back. When the debut season ended, Howard’s character found himself behind bars.

“What they are doing is two-fold,” a source said. “They have him locked up so you won’t be seeing him in as many scenes. But they are bringing in so many, and I mean so many, guest stars and cameos that the average viewer won’t realize it because there is so much going on.”

Howard recently wrapped up legal proceedings that got his 2012 divorce agreement for his second wife, Michelle Ghent, reversed after a judge ruled he signed the paperwork under duress as Ghent tried to blackmail Howard by threatening to release humiliating videos of the actor. The court case also revealed he divorced his third wife, Miranda Cristine Pak, just last month. Howard was also married to Lori McCommas from 1989 until 2007.

The source added that Taraji P. Henson, the show’s breakout star playing the character Cookie Lyon, will be pushed to the forefront. “She’s going to start dropping off from the flashback scenes and then they’re going to have her guns blazing,” the source added.

Empire returns September 23. Guest stars this season will include Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

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Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds Among Honorees for Academy’s Governors Awards

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Awards with Debbie Reynolds nabbing the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The awards will be given at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14 in Hollywood.

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished — with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference — will also enrich future generations.”

Lee has been making films for three decades. His first-ever film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, which he created while still at New York University, won a Student Academy Award in 1983. He’s also been nominated for two Oscars — for his films Do the Right Thing and 4 Little Girls.

Rowlands, who began working as an actress in the 1950s, has appeared in more than 40 films. Her work has earned her Oscar nods for films such as A Woman Under the Influence and Gloria.

Reynolds is the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” The Singin’ in the Rain icon is being recognized for her work as a founding member of the Thalians, an organization created to promote awareness of mental health treatments.

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Caitlyn Jenner Feels Ready for ‘Normal’ Relationship with a Man

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — In a new clip from I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner opens up to transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan about dating a man. Still, her friend and confidant is worried that she wants to date for the wrong reasons.

“It would be very attractive to me to have a guy treat me like a woman…like a normal woman,” Jenner says in the clip released by E!

Boylan asks what a “normal woman” means.

“Like any other woman in the street and not make it this trans-[gender] thing…,” Jenner clarifies. “Just a normal relationship.”

“You don’t need a man to make you a woman. A woman can make you a woman,” Boylan says. “It’s a thing we women do. We look to men to give us self-worth.”

Boylan concludes, “You have gone to such trouble to become a woman. Don’t be a stupid one. Be a smart one.”

See the next episode of I Am Cait when it airs on E! Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Review: “We Are Your Friends” (Rated R)

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Full disclosure: In a past life, I was a sushi-loving house music D.J. from California’s San Fernando Valley who had dreams of rocking parties in Ibiza while 10,000 half-naked sweaty bodies gyrated and chanted my name. We Are Your Friends is about a sushi-loving house music D.J. from the San Fernando Valley who has dreams of rocking parties in Ibiza while 10,000 half-naked sweaty bodies gyrate and chant his name. I’m not saying writers Meaghan Oppenheimer and Max Joseph stole my life story, but the resemblance (physical and otherwise) between me and star Zac Efron is uncanny.

Efron plays Cole Carter, a D.J. and maker of electronic dance music (EDM) who loves partying with his friends and playing the side room at a club every Thursday night, but he thinks there’s more out there for him. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: One of his friends is a blue-collar boy who doesn’t mind a good fight, another is a hustler looking to make a buck, and the third is a shy, sweet, nerdy type. New friends, and of course a girl, threaten to break up the group, while resentment and jealousy surfaces, etc.

Though we’ve seen this theme a million times, what saves the whole thing from going into cliché territory is that hardly anything is one-note. The blue-collar friend, Mason (played by Jonny Weston), isn’t just an uncouth thug — he has dreams, too, and makes big, sweet gestures to keep his friends together. Likewise, Cole isn’t all about partying and playing chicks — he’s thoughtful and angst-y and conflicted when he crosses moral lines.

Also Wes Bentley, as an alcoholic superstar D.J. who seems to have lost his love for the art but loves the paycheck, is far more nuanced than one might expect — he’s skillfully a friend, mentor, jerk and narcissist all at the same time. And Emily Ratajkowski shows she has far more range than just being the topless girl in the Blurred Lines video and in Gone Girl: there’s warmth and depth there we haven’t seen from her before onscreen.

And it’s all wrapped in a slick package. Director Max Joseph knows when to make the film fun and flashy like an EDM video, and warm and saturated to capture the light and heat of the San Fernando Valley. One scene that stands out centers around a PCP trip gone animated, which was visually interesting enough that I was actually a little sad when it was over.

On the surface, the world of EDM may seem to most people to be about listening to annoyingly repetitive music while doing drugs and dancing all night. And while there’s a fair amount of that in We Are Your Friends, the film goes to great lengths not to glamorize it — in fact, it hits you over the head with the dire consequences of reckless behavior. But what the movie also does, which I appreciated, is attempt to explore the musicality behind the genre in a way we don’t often see, especially from a major studio. In its efforts to educate the audience about the scene (though sometimes in a heavy-handed way), We Are Your Friends allows the characters to be real people, and not as shallow as we may expect.

Don’t get me wrong. Your aunt Edna won’t leave We Are Your Friends with a hankering to download the latest Skrillex single and drop Molly at the Electric Daisy Carnival. But she will appreciate Efron’s sexy jogging. And while some themes and characters may occasionally border on cliché, We Are Your Friends ends up in a place that’s a little smarter and a whole lot more thoughtful than where it starts. And it’s pretty to look at and listen to while you’re getting there.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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How Pamela Anderson’s Sons Found Out About Her Fame

Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Believe it or not, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has two teenage sons.

Brandon, 19, and Dylan, 17, her children with ex-husband Tommy Lee, were too young when the show was a hit in the ’90s, so they were caught off guard one year when they started going to surf camp and found out about their famous heartthrob of a mom.

“They came up to me and they said, ‘Mom, are you Pamela Anderson?’ And I said ‘Yeah,'” she told People magazine of their first day at camp years back. “They were like, ‘What is that?’ And ‘Why are people saying these things? Are you Pamela Anderson for real?'”

It was such a surprise to the boys because they knew their father was a rock star, but they thought Anderson was just a soccer mom. “I built my whole life around them — like their soccer games were in my contracts,” she added.

Anderson was married to Lee from 1995 to 1998 and to singer Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007. She recently remarried her ex Rick Salomon last year, but got divorced months later.

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Lea Michele Details How She Found Love Again After Cory Monteith’s Death

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — When Lea Michele’s boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith died unexpectedly from substance abuse two years ago last month, the actress struggled to put her life back together. But Michele, who recently published a self-help book for women titled You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, said she found love again because she focused on herself.

“I wanted to make sure that I was OK with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own,” she says in the October issue of FLARE magazine. “I didn’t want anybody to fill any holes for me — that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own.”

Monteith was 31 when he was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room July 13, 2013. Authorities later revealed he died of mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.

“I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences,” says Michele. “And that’s when someone miraculously came into my life,” she adds.

Michele has been dating her boyfriend Matthew Paetz since 2014.

But Lea’s not only focused on her personal life. Since Glee ended earlier this year, she’s also been focused on helping others, which is why she decided to write You First.

“I’m so proud of my success. I’m really proud of the life I’ve built and created for myself. I’ve kept my head on my shoulders to get to where I am,” she tells FLARE. “You’re always going to run into critics. The only people I care about are the people that are close to me. It’s a tough business, it’s a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I’m constantly learning, but I’m really proud of where I am.”

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Is Bethenny Frankel Dating “The Profit’s” Marcus Lemonis?

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Clearly, Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel is having fun now that’s split from her estranged husband. After being linked earlier to Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet, Us Weekly now reports Frankel is dating Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s The Profit.

A source told the magazine, “They met over the summer and have been seeing each other. He’s really smart, successful, and so nice. They really like each other.”

The two have been spotted in and around New York City together, including attending the Apollo in the Hamptons dinner, hosted by businessman and philantropist Ron Perelman, on August 17.

Frankel even tweeted about Lemonis earlier this summer. “Couldn’t sleep. Found @marcuslemonis on @TheProfitCNBC I like him & his way of doing business,” she told her 1.4 million followers.

Frankel has been dating despite being locked in bitter divorce proceedings with Jason Hoppy. She filed for divorce in January 2013, although, according to a recent episode of Real Housewives of New York, she has yet to finalize the end of her marriage.

The next installment of The Real Housewives of New York City reunion special airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Vine Star Hayes Grier to Join “Dancing with the Stars” Season 21

ABC(NEW YORK) — The upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars will include a teenage Vine star. Hayes Grier was announced Wednesday as the latest celebrity to join the reality TV competition’s roster for the show’s 21st season.

The show tweeted the news Wednesday morning, directing fans to follow the social media-savvy 15-year-old on Vine and Twitter.

Hayes, from North Carolina, shot to fame with his videos and now has four million followers on Vine and Instagram.

The teenager naturally made his own DWTS announcement by releasing a video early this morning. In the video, where he appears fresh out of bed in a white T-shirt, Hayes says: “Right now it’s four in the morning in L.A. and I was going to announce my big announcement in seven days, but I just got word that I can announce it now. So why not? It’s gonna be really cool and an amazing journey to be on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars.”

“I’m super excited and I really want you guys to be a big part of it and support and vote for us,” he tells his fans in the video.

Hayes later tweeted, “I’m going to go back to bed right now since I have my first rehearsal in a few hours. Keep the hashtags going and trending! Be back soon.”

Hayes is the fourth announced celebrity who will compete on this season of Dancing. Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, will also join the celebrity cast, as well as American Pharaoh jockey Victor Espinoza and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Controversial chefPaula Deen and Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan are also rumored to be competing for the Mirrorball trophy this season.

More of the new celebrity cast will be revealed on ABC’s Good Morning America Sept. 2. The new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 14.

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“Mr. Robot” Finale Postponed Because of Virginia Killings

Virginia Sherwood/USA Network(NEW YORK) — After Wednesday morning’s horrific killings in Virginia, USA Network has decided to postpone the season finale of Mr. Robot since one of the scenes is eerily similar.

Mr. Robot, about “a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night,” according to the show’s website, will instead air its finale next week.

In the show, the young programmer is recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot.

Photos from the series also show the character’s lead Elliot Alderson, played by Rami Malek, wearing a black hoodie. The prevailing theme of the show is corruption in America.

“The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” USA Network told ABC News in a statement Wednesday.

The finale will air next Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST.

Vester Lee Flanagan, known professionally as Bryce Williams, allegedly shot two of his former colleagues, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, of WDBJ-TV, killing them in the field during a live news segment in Moneta, Virginia.

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Report: Paula Deen and Chaka Khan Joining “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — Dancing with the Stars is cooking up more celebrities for the ballroom this season.

According to E! News, controversial chef Paula Deen and Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among those competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of the show.

If the rumors are true, Deen would be joining the dancing competition after being courted by the show for years. In fact, she told Extra back in 2010 that she turned down the opportunity to join DWTS. “They did ask me and I said no,” she said then, adding, “Fat girls don’t look good sweating.”

News of Deen and Khan possibly joining the show follows news that Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will compete this season after he was talked into it by his friend, Joey Fatone of ‘N SYNC. Also dancing this season are Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, and triple crown jockey Victor Espinoza. The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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