Review Category : Entertainment

“OITNB” cast reveals what they hope happens to their characters in the upcoming season

Netflix/Cara Howe(NEW YORK) — With the renewal of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black for a sixth and seventh season, three series’ stars are sounding off on what they would like to happen to their characters.

In season five, Dashcha Polanco, who plays inmate Dayanara Diaz, is in the center of a prison riot after her character shoots a guard. The actress, whose character has to give her baby away while in prison, says she hopes the writers allow Dayanara to deal with her emotional issues and reconnect with her child’s father, C.O. John Bennett.

“I want Dayanara to go through a postpartum depression, because I want that topic to be of discussion,” she tells ABC Radio. “I want her to be visited by Bennett..and I…would love to know where her daughter is.”

Like Polanco, Selenis Leyva, who plays Gloria Mendoza, wants her character to find closure after being betrayed by a fellow inmate.

“We saw her literally become mush this season — which I think was needed — but I need her to get tough because she was double crossed,” she explains. “And if Gloria is the leader of the crew — the mother hen — then it’s time to buckle up.”

While Polanco and Leyva are interested in having their characters personal issues resolved, Adrienne C. Moore, who plays Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes on the series, says she’d just love for her character to have a “sexy” moment.

“I want Cindy to be in a relationship. We need the big girls to have a relationship. We are sexy!” she exclaims.

Season 5 of Orange Is the New Blackcurrently is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Jon Stewart surprises Jimmy Kimmel to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed 13-year-old Will Reuben to the show by video. It seems the young man, who is from Media, Pennsylvania, recently had a Bar Mitzvah — the Jewish tradition which celebrated when a young boy becomes a man — and his party theme was Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Jimmy said he wasn’t going to Pennsylvania, but sent Will a giant ice sculpture of Guillermo and filmed a video, which was played at the Bar Mitzvah. He welcomed Will to the show via video and while he was talking to him, Jon Stewart made a brief surprise appearance.

The beloved comedian asked Will why he idolizes Jimmy, who, he pointed out, is not Jewish. He razzed Jimmy a bit then admonished the young man about him saying, “Don’t be fooled by his learned-looking beard and his puffy, sad eyes. He’s not Rabbinical — he’s just unhealthy!”

Kimmel joked that any money Will received at his Bar Mitzvah he should split since he used the Kimmel show as the theme for the party. Will stammered a bit at first, but then announced that he’s very sweetly donating half of his gift money to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, the hospital where Jimmy’s son had heart surgery.

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Report: “Walking Dead” Stuntman Dead After Fall

AMC(ATLANTA) — John Bernecker, an accomplished stuntman with dozens of credits to his name on the big and small screen, has died after suffering serious injuries in a fall on The Walking Dead‘s Atlanta set Wednesday, according to TMZ.

The accident halted production of the hit AMC show.

A source tells Deadline that Bernecker, 33, was rehearsing a fight scene with an actor that was supposed to have ended with a routine fall. However, Bernecker reportedly lost his footing and fell 30 feet, landing on a concrete floor.

“We are saddened to report that John Bernecker, a talented stuntman for The Walking Dead and numerous other television shows and films, suffered serious injuries from a tragic accident on set,” AMC wrote in a statement obtained by Variety at the time. “We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

The stuntman’s girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker, addressed the accident in a Facebook post on Wednesday, writing, “John deserves to be seen by every neurosurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us… THIS ISNT FAIR.”

A SAG-AFTRA spokesperson tells Variety that the guild is investigating the accident.

There is currently no word on when TWD producers and the cable network plan to resume production.

Bernecker’s numerous credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, as well as Marvel’s Black Panther, due out in 2018. He’s also had bit parts in Logan, The Last Witch Hunter, Goosebumps and HBO’s True Detective.

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Beyonce shares first photo of twins Sir Carter and Rumi

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(LOS ANGELES) — Welcome to the limelight, Sir Carter and Rumi!

At 1:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Beyonce posted to Instagram a photo of herself with her twins, writing, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” followed by a series of emojis, including clasped hands, a heart, and babies.

In the photo, Beyonce — wearing what appears to be a light blue veil, reportedly at her oceanside Malibu home against a backdrop of an arch composed of colorful flowers — is holding the newborns, who are partially draped in floral fabric.

Among the more than 5.8 million people who have already liked the photo? Kim Kardashian.

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“War for the Planet of the Apes” tops this week’s new releases

2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* War for the Planet of the Apes — The final chapter in the Planet of the Apes trilogy finds Caesar — played by Andy Serkis — wrestling with his darker instincts as he battles a ruthless colonel — portrayed by Woody Harrelson — to determine the fate of humans and apes and the future of the planet. Rated PG-13.

* The Big SickBridesmaids and Trainwreck producer Judd Apatow’s breakout comedy, The Big Sick, which debuted in limited release a few weeks ago, opens in theaters across the country on Friday. Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star as a couple dealing with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Co-starring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.

* Wish Upon — A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers, but a deadly price for using them as well. Starring Joey King and Ryan Phillippe. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Lady MacBeth — This British drama, set in 19th century England, centers on a young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man who enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis and Paul Hilton. Rated R.

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Hail Caesar! Andy Serkis and Steve Zahn go to war in “Planet of the Apes”

2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.(NEW YORK) — Friday sees the release of War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the reboot series that began in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Andy Serkis reprises his role as Caesar, the brilliant leader of the ape clan. Serkis has played the character from the beginning thanks to the motion capture technology that he’s has been helping to perfect with his company, The Imaginarium. And as Serkis tells ABC Radio, that tech has really advanced since he played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.

“The photorealism, the hair…the eyes — everything about the way that the characters are…on screen, really honors the actors’ performance in a way you’ve never really seen before,” he says.

Steve Zahn plays a new character, Bad Ape, an escapee from a zoo; he, like Caesar, has evolved to speak. Zahn says that his performance goes beyond the special effects that transform him into his simian onscreen counterpart.

“You act with these suits on, with dots, and they’re capturing your performance to make you look like an ape,” tells ABC Radio. “[But] They can’t make me be an ape. They can’t make me run like an ape…they can’t give me the characteristics and those things that actors do.”

The previous movie, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, saw a fragile peace between humans and apes strained to the brink. This time, all hell breaks loose.

“The empathetic leader we’ve known [Caesar] to be…is shattered,” Serkis says, “because of the events that happen at the hands of Woody Harrelson’s character, The Colonel.”

“And so Caesar goes off on a full-bore journey of hatred and revenge, which is very out of…his character.”

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Winter is here and all men must die: As “Game of Thrones” returns, we have questions

HBO/Helen Sloan(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones returns this Sunday night for its highly-anticipated seventh season. Here are some top burning questions heading into the big premiere:

At the end of season 6, Jon Snow was declared King in the North, with sister Sansa by his side. But sneaky Littlefinger wants Sansa to take over, so he can rule beside her. Can he create a rift between her and Jon?

What will the first encounter between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen be like? Dany is coming for the Iron Throne, and Jon is King in the North. Will these two — who may actually be related — go to battle, or decide to team up?

At the end of last season, Arya Stark stole a mask from the Hall of Faces and killed Walder Frey, the man behind the Red Wedding. Will she come for Cersei, the Mountain or someone else next? Will the Faceless Men come after her for her theft?

What about the Mountain’s brother, The Hound? Last season, he seemed to have turned over a new leaf. Will he and Arya reunite?

Cersei killed nearly all her enemies at the end of last season and took the Iron Throne for herself. How long can she keep it? What will become of her relationship with her twin brother Jaime, now that all their children are dead?

Olenna Tyrell, the grandmother of King Tommen’s late wife Margaery Tyrell, declared war on Cersei, and has joinied forces with Ellaria Sand, who blames Cersei for her lover Oberyn’s death. Can these two formidable women take on the Queen?

When we last saw Bran Stark, he was in contact with the Night King, who touched him during one of his powerful visions. Just how powerful is the leader of the White Walkers?

Game of Thrones returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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Corrine Olympios returning for “Bachelor in Paradise”

ABC/Jeff Daly(LOS ANGELES) — Corrine Olympios, the woman at the center of an alleged sex scandal on the set of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, will join the man at the center of the scandal, DeMario Jackson, in an upcoming reunion special, according to a statement obtained by Us Weekly on Wednesday.

“I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor in Paradise special,” says Olympios in the statement.

The alleged misconduct, involving Olympios and Jackson, caused a weeks-long suspension of the show’s production.

Jackson was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

Olympios released a statement last month explaining that she wouldn’t be completing the season, but that she was satisfied with ABC’s decision to “implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”

Also on Wednesday, ABC announced that Bachelor in Paradise will return for its fourth season with a two-night premiere, starting August 14.

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“Westworld,” “Saturday Night Live” lead 69th Emmy Awards nominations

© 2017 Academy of Television Arts & SciencesThe major nominations for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were announced this morning by Shemar Moore and Anna Chlumsky. HBO’s Westworld and NBC’s Saturday Night Live lead the nominees, with 22 nods each.

The Emmys, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live, Sept 17 on CBS

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Comedy Series
Atlanta
black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Robert DeNiro, Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Georffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifiniakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety/Talk Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher

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Former “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller reports to prison

Lifetime/Karolina Wojtasik(CALIFORNIA) — Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller arrived at 12:25 p.m. to the Federal Correctional Complex, Satellite Prison Camp, in Victorville, California, on Wednesday according to a public information officer at the prison.

Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud earlier this year.

However, U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti told Miller she could transition to a halfway house after serving 10 months of her sentence.

“This is an extremely emotional day for Ms. Miller,” her attorney, Robert Ridge, told ABC News. “Earlier today, Ms. Miller expressed to us that she is looking forward to starting the process of completing her obligations set by the court. She has accepted that this matter will never truly be ‘behind her’, but this chapter of the process has begun and there is now an end in sight.”

According to ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh, where Miller was tried, she was also ordered to pay $40,000 in fines and to spend two years on supervised release.

Miller was indicted on fraud charges in 2015 for allegedly hiding about $775,000 in income to gain better terms to restructure her debt. She also was accused of bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. However, the reality TV star, who pleaded guilty in 2016, said she was “not intentionally” trying to hide anything and “wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.”

After her sentencing, Miller said that she planned to spend her time behind bars reading, writing and learning Spanish.

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