Review Category : Entertainment

“Toy Story” Celebrates 20th Anniversary on Sunday

Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — To infinity and beyond! Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story.

On November 22, 1995, we were introduced to the cowboy doll Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks; the spaceman toy Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen; Don Rickles’ interpretation of Mr. Potato Head; Jim Varney’s Slinky Dog; Wallace Shawn’s green dinosaur Rex; John Ratzenberger’s Hamm piggy bank; and other beloved characters from the franchise.

In the original Toy Story — the first theatrical film produced by Pixar — Woody becomes jealous when his owner, a young boy named Andy, receives a Buzz Lightyear figure, which becomes his favorite toy. Woody and Buzz end up separated from Andy, and they have to work together to get back home.

Toy Story raked in more than 191 million dollars at the domestic box office, and earned three Oscar nominations, including best original song for Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

Sequels were released in 1999 and 2010. A fourth Toy Story movie is due out in 2018, with Woody and Buzz expected back.

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To infinity and beyond! Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story.

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American Music Awards Producer Previews Sunday Night’s Star-Studded Show

Dick Clark Productions(NEW YORK) — The American Music Awards this Sunday night will be chock-full of huge star performances, from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay and Gwen Stefani, to One Direction, WALK THE MOON, Meghan Trainor and more. The show’s executive producer, though, says one particular performance will be “mind-boggling.”

Pentatonix, the chart-topping a cappella vocal group, will perform the iconic score from Star Warsduring the show. Executive producer Larry Klein tells ABC Radio, “We have a huge orchestra on stage doing the Star Wars theme with Pentatonix and their a cappella voices, with the clips of Star Wars going on the entire performance behind them.”

Klein says he’s also looking forward to The Weeknd performing his hit “The Hills.” “He was on the show one time where he just did a part with somebody else,” say Klein. “But now…now he’s going to own it!”

But Klein says he’s probably most excited about this year’s host: Jennifer Lopez. He says landing J-Lo was a dream come true for him. “For years I’ve wished that Jennifer Lopez would host this show and finally I got my wish,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, that really makes me happier than I can tell you about…incredibly happy. Something you’ve wanted for so long and all of a sudden, this year, it’s real.”

Here’s what Klein has to say about some of the other performances you’ll see Sunday night:

WALK THE MOON: They’re singing “Shut Up and Dance,” and Klein says he’s staged a high-energy performance for viewers. “I want to see running around, I want to see excitement, I want to see people going crazy,” he says. “I want to live that song with my eyes, not just with my ears.”

Coldplay: They’re performing their new single “Adventure of a Lifetime,” and Klein says, “That’s going to be a very cool look. It’s going to take you back to, like, the hippie era.”

Justin Bieber: He’s closing the show and Klein says, “We orchestrated it like it’s three separate acts in a Broadway play. He’s doing a medley of three songs — each one different part of the stage, each one its own environment, its own set, its own look.” He adds, “I mean, one will have dancers, one won’t. One will have a band, one won’t. It’s really three different looks all flowing together with no stops.”

As for whether or not the camera will cut to Selena Gomez in the audience while her ex Justin performs, Klein says he has no control over that. “I’m not going to tell the director to show me Selena when Justin is on stage. That’s not my place,” he tells ABC Radio. However, he notes, “If our director is shooting the audience and she’s clapping, you’re going to see her.”

Klein says that when Gwen Stefani performs, the camera won’t cut to Miranda Lambert, either. Not to save her feelings or anything, though: it’s because Miranda, the ex of Gwen’s boyfriend Blake Shelton, won’t even be in the house, though she’s nominated.

Taylor Swift is the leading nominee, with six nods. She’s not performing, but some of the stars taking the stage include Alanis Morissette teaming up with Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Leon Bridges, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and a duet from Luke Bryan andKaren Fairchild of Little Big Town.

Presenters include Paula Abdul, Ashley Benson, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Ciara, Terry Crews, Hannah Davis, DNCE, Florida Georgia Line, Tyrese Gibson, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Fifth Harmony, Julianne Hough, Kylie Jenner, Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Lautner, Tove Lo, Jenny McCarthy, Shawn Mendes, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kevin O’Leary, Norman Reedus, Jeremy Renner, Nick Robinson, Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto, Hailee Steinfeld, Wilmer Valderrama, Donnie Wahlberg, and Zendaya.

The 2015 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Report: Charlie Sheen Planning to Write a Memoir

Jordin Althaus/FX Network(LOS ANGELES) — After revealing earlier this week he is HIV-positive, Charlie Sheen reportedly is set to further discuss the diagnosis in a memoir.

Entertainment Tonight reports Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, is meeting with publishers regarding the potential book, which would also reflect on his acting career.

Sheen, 50, confirmed on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday morning that he’s HIV-positive.

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Jimmy Fallon Saves a Couple of Adele Fans After They’re Scammed

James White/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Fallon came to the rescue of a couple of Adele fans who got scammed ahead of the singer’s New York City Radio City Music Hall concert on Tuesday.

Connecticut-based first-grade teacher Kristen Smith, 24, tells Us Weekly that her friend Mary Kate Romano’s father gave them Adele tickets at the last minute, but when they showed up to the venue they found out the tickets were phonies.

“We walked to the door to get in and the guy scanned the tickets and told us they were fake,” recalls Smith. “We were both so disappointed and sad that we made the trip into NYC and were so close, but wouldn’t actually get to see Adele.”

After waiting for an hour outside of the concert hoping to score legitimate tickets, the two women gave up and started to head back home, when something caught their eye.

“There were a line of cars that all had black-tinted windows and I made a comment about how I’m sure those are for someone famous,” Smith tells the magazine. “All of a sudden, a door opened next to us and out stepped Jimmy Fallon!”

Smith got the Tonight Show host’s attention and he posed for a photo with them. While taking their selfie, the women told Jimmy about their ticket dilemma. “He said something about how that’s too bad,” Smith recalls, and she told Fallon how that trip turned out alright since he made their evening better.

“We then turned around and a guy standing in the doorway — we’re not sure if he worked with Jimmy or if he worked for Radio City Music Hall — said, ‘I can make your night even better,’ and he pulled out an envelope and handed me two tickets to get into the show,” adds Smith.

“It was so unexpected,” she tells Us. “Without Jimmy Fallon leaving at that time, we never would have ended up getting in!”

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Kym Whitley Returns for New Season of “Raising Whitley”

Courtesy of OWN(NEW YORK) — Kym Whitley returns for a third season of Raising Whitley, which centers on her life raising her 5-year-old adopted son, Joshua. The comedienne tells ABC Radio that she informs her son that he isn’t her biological child this season.

“You know, you start the conversation now at least introduce them to the word so it won’t be so shocking as they get older,” she says, explaining why she chose now to reveal his adoption status. “You know, [I say] ‘Adopted!’ or ‘you’re adopted!’ Or you know, ‘Adoption…You think we should adopt another kid?'”

Whitley recalls that the experience was scary, adding jokingly, “I was like, ‘Oh my God, my baby gon’ leave me! He gon’ pack his bags! He gon’ leave!'”

The Young & Hungry star says she wanted to do this reality TV show to encourage other single women to start their own families. “Single women, especially my sisters, we all get into this career life and then our eggs get old and then oops! It’s just different than what it was back in the day,” she adds. “It’s harder to find a man. I don’t know, maybe they’re incarcerated, maybe they’re doing a different lifestyle, but it’s very difficult.”

“So what I try to tell women is don’t wait! Don’t wait!” Whitley continues. “We were raised [to] get married, have a family. [But] life changes. Society changes. It’s OK for you to go have a baby. You can have a baby. You can go adopt a kid.”

In fact, the season three premiere of Raising Whitley coincides with National Adoption Day, a coincidence that Whitley calls “fantastic.”

On the series, Whitley also opens up about her dating life, as we’ve seen sparks fly and then fall with Joshua’s “father,” Rodney. She tells ABC Radio that she’s dating someone else now — “I’m enjoying the south” is all she’ll say about her current suitor — and although she’s been a longtime bachelorette, despite being engaged six times, she says she does eventually want to get married.

“If I have all my friends running, telling me the best restaurant and the best place to get these shoes, but none of my friends running to me saying, ‘Oh my God, you’ve gotta get married’…it’s very difficult,” she ponders. “But I have put it out there, I want to get married. I want to say I’ve tried because I know I have lived my life and have done enough that I’m going to be such a good wife.”

Whitley also chimed in on her friend Mo’Nique’s recent headline-making comments in an interview with True Exclusives in which she said she allows her husband to get a pass in cheating.

She jokingly says, she’d be open to the idea of polygamy…but not really. “Men, if they could have a bunch of women they would! I believe that I could take five men, but they’re gonna be my brother husbands,” she quips. “You know, like if I was [with] one that like sports, I’d go out with the one that likes shopping. The one who likes to work out, I’ma go hang out with the one that likes to eat that day. So you know, a bunch of different men for different things.”

“But I don’t [want that],” she clarifies, getting serious. “My parents were married and if you marry your best friend I don’t think you’d desire anyone else. And women, we’re different.”

Raising Whitley, with cameos from Steve Harvey, Caroline Rhe and Omarosa, premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

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Olivia Munn Blasts Media Outlets Connecting Her to Green Bay Packers’ Losing Streak

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) — Actress Olivia Munn lashed out at a couple of media outlets for writing articles based on a comment from a football fan blaming her for the Green Bay Packers’ recent lackluster play.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’s been dating the 35-year-old actress for over a year, has been struggling over the past few weeks, and the fan speculates she’s the cause.

Munn posted a message on Twitter that read, “If ur going to validate a ‘fan’s’ comments about me, please also include if he’s a racist.” She included a link to the fan’s Disqus website.

She followed that up with a second post calling out various outlets and scolding them for validating the fan’s rants.

“The internet, and especially comment sections, allows people the freedom of anonymity. And there’s a small group of people who use it as an opportunity to spew whatever hatred they want without fearing accountability or repercussions,” writes Munn. “But that doesn’t mean news organizations — the ones that were built by the trust of the public — should give these people’s vitriol validity and deem them ‘fans.'”

“The ‘fan’ you based your entire articles around is a bigot and a racist…Of course he hates me. He also hates black people and Muslims,” she continues. “That’s like asking the KKK to give a review of Straight Outta Compton.#DoYourResearchPlease #DontPromoteHate.”

The Packers have lost three straight since a 6-0 start.

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Ryan Seacrest Says Former “American Idol” Judges Will Appear in Final Season

Matthias Vriens McGrath/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol has a special treat in store for its longtime fans when it airs its 15th and final season next year.

Host Ryan Seacrest has revealed that all of the singing competition’s former judges will make an appearance in some capacity.

“I’ve spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season. They are going to do it, it’s just a matter of figuring what to do with them,” he explains to Access Hollywood.

That would seem to include the three original judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. The other ex-Idol judges are Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

The final season of American Idol begins January 6 on Fox.

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Julianne Hough: Bindi Irwin or Nick Carter Will Likely Win “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars is down to just four finalists and judge Julianne Hough said Thursday while the competition is tight, she has two guesses on who may take home the Mirrorball trophy.

“My frontrunner would probably be Bindi [Irwin] or Nick [Carter],” Hough told ABC News.

Irwin is partnered with Hough’s brother, Derek, while Backstreet Boys band member Carter is partnered with Sharna Burgess.

Hough, who transitioned from Dancing pro to judge, called this season of the show “probably one of the tightest competitions” she’s seen in the show’s history, which means the other two finalists left in the competition are strong contenders too.

“At the same time Carlos [PenaVega] has some great fans and, I mean, Alek [Skarlatos] has really had an amazing journey since he started too,” she said, referring to the Big Time Rush singer and the U.S. Army National Guardsman, respectively.

Hough also spoke about her engagement to hockey player Brooks Laich. The two announced their engagement in August, but Hough said they are not rushing when it comes to wedding planning.

“There hasn’t been too much so far,” Hough said, adding she will “take all the advice she can get,” even when it comes to picking her wedding dress.

“We’re just kind of enjoying the process,” she continued. “It’s still a long ways away.”

Dancing with the Stars returns for the first part of the season finale Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Kim Kardashian Says Kris Jenner’s Much Younger Boyfriend Makes Her ‘Happy’

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian said she approves of her mother Kris Jenner’s relationship with her much younger boyfriend, Corey Gamble.

“It’s been so much fun just to see my mom happy,” Kardashian told People. “My mom has had such a hard year and I think it’s been refreshing to see her have a good time.”

Jenner, 60, began dating the music manager, 35, last fall, about a month after filing for divorce from her husband of 23 years, Bruce Jenner, who recently transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner.

“He’s such a nice person,” Kardashian said of Gamble. “She can connect with him and go to the movies with him, work out with him. It’s the little things.”

Meanwhile, the family jokes about the 25-year age difference. When Kardashian’s sister Kourtney recently posted a photo calling Gamble “a grandpa” since Kris has four young grandchildren, Kardashian said, “She was like, ‘Is this rude?’ And I’m like, no it’s funny! He’s young and he’s a grandpa!”

Fans can see their relationship evolve when Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern on E!

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“Scandal” Recap: Moving Out of the White House

ABC/Scott Everett White(NEW YORK) — On the winter finale of Scandal, Olivia Pope was still getting used to becoming America’s first lady, but it was obvious she didn’t like her new status. Even former chief of staff Elizabeth Norton called Liv a “trophy wife” — a title she clearly despised.

Still, President Fitzgerald Grant was thrilled — not only were his poll numbers up, he was set to pass a new bill. But “former” first lady Mellie Grant tried to block the bill because it gave Planned Parenthood only discretionary funding. And although most of the senators wanted to break for holiday, Mellie began a filibuster to try and delay the bill.

Fitz took the move personally, but Liv knew better than that and even tried to help Mellie. Later, Mellie thanked Liv and the fixer watched the rest on a TV in a doctor’s office.

But why was Liv at the doctor’s? Well, fans were shocked to learn she was getting an abortion! And when she returned to the White House, Fitz questioned her, especially since she missed his Cabinet dinner. And when Liv admitted she didn’t want to be his “housewife,” Fitz said she was worse than Mellie in that she was drunk with power.

“You liked me unavailable,” Fitz told her. And Liv replied, “I didn’t know you available.”

The finale ended with Liv moving out of the White House. Meanwhile, Fitz drank alone inside his political kingdom and his estranged wife spent Christmas with their kids.

Find out how it all shakes out when Scandal returns in February.

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