Review Category : Entertainment

Judge Rules Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Battle Can’t Continue in California

Will Hart/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas ruled Thursday that California doesn’t have jurisdiction in actress Kelly Rutherford’s lengthy custody battle, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The Gossip Girl star, 46, has been fighting to regain custody of her two children — son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6 — who have been living with their father in Monaco since 2013.

“Given the fact that the children have only spent approximately one week in California in over two years, if these children have any connection to California, it is tenuous at best,” he ruled. “The court does not believe that it is obligated to relinquish jurisdiction to Monaco, only that it acknowledge that it no longer has jurisdiction over the children.”

In 2012, Rutherford and Giersch had a joint custody arrangement when Giersch lost his U.S. visa and a California judge ruled that the two children should stay with him in Europe. About three years later, this past April, a judge in the U.S. Federal Court in New York denied Rutherford’s request to bring the children back to the U.S, a ruling she has appealed.

Rutherford’s California attorney, David Glass, who argued that his client has business and family ties to California, told ABC News he and his client “are extremely disappointed” by the ruling.

“This court set up the current situation whereby my client was forced to live bi-coastally, but now, the court appears to be holding it against her,” Glass said. “Likewise, the court created the situation whereby the children would lose their connections to California, and despite the judgment’s language precluding the passage of time from creating new jurisdiction, that is exactly what has happened.”

The actress began this custody battle after Giersch’s visa was revoked in 2012 and he was not able to re-enter the U.S. A California judge then sent her children to live abroad with their father so they would live in one location. Rutherford was never accused of any wrongdoing.

ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams said the new ruling puts Rutherford in a legal bind. Now, there is no court in the U.S. that has jurisdiction, Abrams said. He added that he doesn’t know what Rutherford will do next, but that she can potentially appeal the California ruling. He said there is no precedent for a case like this.

“There’s never been another case where one parent was refused access to the country and, as a result, the children in custody were sent to live with that parent,” he said.

Up until this summer, Rutherford had been traveling overseas to see her children.

“I can sit here and tell you how often I cry,” she told Good Morning America earlier this year. “I can tell you how it feels to leave my kids in a foreign country…to see them after not seeing them for weeks on end.”

Giersch’s attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin, told ABC News in a statement, “Daniel will continue to promote Kelly’s relationship with the children. He believes that the children deserve to love both parents and has never nor does he intend to ever participate in any negative press directed at Kelly. As always, Daniel will continue to guard the privacy of the children, in their best interests and for their safety.”

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Angelina Jolie Pitt Directing Drama for Netflix

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie Pitt is the latest A-list celebrity to sign on for a Netflix project.

She will direct and produce an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.

Saying she was “deeply affected” by the book, Jolie Pitt said Thursday in a statement, “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”

Netflix says Jolie Pitt’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox, 13, will be involved in the production of the drama, which will premiere on the service in late 2016.

Jolie Pitt recently directed the 2014 film Unbroken and the upcoming drama By the Sea, in which she co-stars with her husband, Brad Pitt.

Netflix announced last month that Brad Pitt will star in a satirical comedy titled War Machine that will debut on its platform next year.

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Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli Talks Donald Trump and Bill Cosby

Epix(NEW YORK) — The “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli, has a new comedy album out Friday, and she recently talked Donald Trump and Bill Cosby with ABC Radio.

Lampanelli knows Trump, given that she was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice a few years back. She says, “He works really super hard and made a great living for himself and his family.”

But she’s not exactly giving the GOP presidential candidate her endorsement. She jokes, “I don’t know if he wouldn’t have our country blown off the map within a few short minutes, just ’cause of the things he says.”

Lampanelli doesn’t know Cosby, who’s facing sexual assault allegations from dozens of women, but she never really liked him.

She says, “Anyone that sets himself up as father of the year or as a role model…anything with preachiness always hits me wrong, and I go, that’s somebody hiding something. I would have never guessed it was this thing.”

She has a few Cosby jokes on her new special, titled Back To The Drawing Board.

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“Sharknado 3″ Ratings Down from Previous Installment

Syfy(NEW YORK) — Did the third Sharknado movie match the ratings of the other sequel in the Syfy series? Oh hell no!

The premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! on Wednesday night was watched by an estimated 2.8 million viewers — a solid number for Syfy, but a drop from the 3.9 million who tuned in to last year’s Sharknado 2: The Second One.

The original Sharknado movie drew 1.4 million viewers in 2013.

Sharknado 3, which featured the return of stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, resulted in two billion Twitter impressions on Wednesday night. It was the most social program on TV in Twitter activity.

The movie ended with a cut-to-black scene that left the fate of Reid’s character, April, uncertain. Viewers were asked to vote on whether she should live to see the fourth Sharknado movie.

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Review: “Pixels” (Rated PG-13)

Sony/ColumbiaAdam Sandler doesn’t care what you think. If he did, Pixels would be a meaningful comedy filled with hilarious observations about the world in which we live. Instead, it’s just every other Adam Sandler comedy you’ve ever seen, with a Ghostbusters filter screwed on.

Sandler plays Sam Brenner, a former world video game champion contender — and by contender, we mean in 1982, he lost. Fast-forward to now: Sam’s 46 and works as a Geek Squad-type home TV installation tech. In an uninspired piece of writing, they essentially replace the word “geek” with “nerd.” Sam’s work attire includes a shirt emblazoned with “The Nerd,” just in case we don’t get the point that he’s a nerd.

Turns out when we sent a time capsule into outer space in 1982, it included a video of Sam and his pals playing video games, which an alien race mistakes for a declaration of war. Thirty-plus years later, they send an army of those video game characters to destroy Earth — and of course, only Sandler and his underachieving video game-playing friends can save us.

The first Pixels trailer offered a lot of promise, especially if you came of age in the late 1970s and most of the 80s, and you loved video games. Pac-Man gobbling up New York City? Amazing. Peter Dinklage with a mullet? Fantastic! Josh Gad as a Centipede-loving Josh Gad? I’ll take it! A Smurf getting obliterated by Kevin James? Well, ok…but what exactly will Kevin James’ role be in this movie? Who cares — looks like fun!

This is place where I tell you Kevin James was Sam’s video-game loving childhood friend, who grows up to be president of the United States. That’s right. Except he’s really Kevin James playing every Kevin James character we’ve ever seen him play.

You know why Leslie Nielsen was so funny as Dr. Rumack in Airplane! and as Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun movies? Because you believed he really could be a doctor or a cop, and that made every ridiculous thing that came out of his mouth funny. Kevin James is simply not believable as the president, not for one second, which makes every ridiculous thing that comes out of his mouth merely ridiculous.

But as easy as it is to destroy Pixels for being lazy and wasteful of a somewhat interesting concept, I will say this: If you haven’t grown tired of Adam Sandler or Kevin James’ shtick, then you’ll probably be entertained. A little. If you’re intrigued by the images from the trailer of Pac-Man chomping his way through New York City streets and Centipede attacking from the sky, you’ll probably enjoy those scenes.

But if you’re looking for a profound message about pop culture and gaming culture, filled with witty, intelligent dialogue, just remember: This is an Adam Sandler movie, and he doesn’t care what you think.

Two out of five stars.

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Report: Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello to Wed on Nov. 22

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — If sources are to be believed, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello will get married in the fall.

According to Us Weekly sources, the Hollywood hot couple will wed on November 22 at the Breakers Palm Beach resort in Florida.

The magazine adds that the location is the perfect place for a large wedding as the venue accommodates up to 800 guests.

“They want all their family and friends there celebrating,” the source added. “It’ll be the most fun wedding ever!”

Vergara and Manganiello got engaged last December, and celebrated their engagement in June with a party in Hollywood.

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Seth Rogen Throwing James Franco a Bar Mitzvah for Charity

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — James Franco is about to officially become a man, thanks to Seth Rogen, who’s throwing his buddy and frequent co-star a Bar Miztvah.

The event, scheduled to take place at the Hollywood Palladium on October 17, is the fourth annual variety show put on by Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, which raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Rogens established the charity after Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when she was 55 years old.

“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah,” the Neighbors star explains in a statement. “We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure.”

“And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event. You don’t want to miss it,” adds Rogen.

Tickets to the public go on sale August 11 at HilarityForCharity.org.

Last year’s Hilarity for Charity event, which featured appearances by Kevin Hart, Paul Rudd and many other A-listers, raised nearly $1 million.

Rogen plays computer pioneer Steve Wozniak in the upcoming biopic Steve Jobs, opening nationwide October 9.

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Nick Cannon Hospitalized with Undisclosed Illness

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Nick Cannon is in the hospital for an undisclosed illness, but it doesn’t seem to be anything serious.

The America’s Got Talent host shared an Instagram photo from his hospital bed captioned, “Dont worry, Temporary pit stop… Sometimes I can be a little too bull headed and stubborn. I gotta stop running my body to the ground. I be wanting to grind nonstop but the engine can’t run on fumes.”

“On the low though, I really think I’m a super hero… Now I’m not saying I’m Batman, but I am saying nobody has ever seen me and Batman in the same room together. LOL,” Cannon joked, adding the hashtag “#ImGood”

Nick’s protégé, model and hip-hop star Amber Rose, posted the same photo on Instagram, along with the message, “Get well @nickcannon we love u over here! U know I always ask u ‘When the hell do u ever sleep’??? Lol I’m happy ur ok tho and get some damn sleep!!! I need my mentor better as we build this empire together. Love u!! #Ncredible”

Cannon, 34, was previously hospitalized in 2012 for what was reported as mild kidney failure.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

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Caitlyn Jenner Tells Khloe Kardashian ‘Don’t Get Jealous’ in New Clip

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — In an adorable new clip from Caitlyn Jenner on WhoSay, the former Olympian and reality star taunts her beloved Khloe Kardashian over shoes.

In the short home video, Jenner pans around her impressive shoe collection and says, “Don’t get jealous Khloe, it’s filling up!”

The clip is captioned, “Giving Khloe Kardashian a run for her money, dontcha think?”

Jenner, 65, has been blogging and posting fun videos for WhoSay for weeks in an original series, “The Real Me,” where she has been documenting her inspiring journey and exploring issues and people in the LGBT community.

In her last video, Jenner showed the world she’s still getting the hang of perfecting her beauty regimen, especially doing her nails.

“What do you think of the color?” she asked a couple weeks back.

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Ben Affleck to Live in Brooke Shields’ House

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Ben Affleck is on the move following the announcement that he’s splitting with his wife of 10 years,Jennifer Garner.

The Gone Girl star will rent Brooke Shields’ home in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades after his family returns from Atlanta, where Garner recently began shooting her upcoming film, Miracles From Heaven, according to the New York Post.

The move, however, is expected to be just a temporary arrangement until the estranged couple finish renovating the 8,800-square-foot Pacific Palisades home they bought for $17.5 million in 2009. Sources tell the newspaper they “don’t want to live in a construction zone.”

An additional structure is being built on the property, and it’s speculated that Affleck will eventually reside there.

In spite of their impending divorce, Ben and Jennifer have stated that they will live on the same property in the Pacific Palisades once they return home, but not in the same house, as they continue to co-parent their three kids: daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel.

Shields’ five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is conveniently just a few houses away from Affleck and Garner’s property, sources tell the Post. Shields and her husband, writer Chris Henchy, put the mansion up for rent in June for $30,000 a month.

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