Review Category : Entertainment

Keke Palmer Makes Her Broadway Debut in “Cinderella”

Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer made history when the curtain opened earlier this week in the Broadway production of Cinderella. The Akeelah and the Bee star became the first African-American to play the titular character on the Great White Way.

“It feels really awesome. I guess I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” the actress told ABC News Radio.

Palmer, who’s also making her Broadway debut, explained what she’s most looking forward to in the role.

“I naturally have always had that feeling of wanting to bring joy to people. Always! Whether it’s with jokes, being silly, any type of anything. I love people. I love expression,” she explained. “And so I think that’s going to be the best part for me — being able to perform out there in front of all those people and getting that immediate feedback.”

Palmer is currently starring alongside former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who’s portraying Madame, the evil stepmother in this version of Cinderella. Nene Leakes will take over Shepherd’s role Nov. 25 until Jan. 3. Palmer’s run in the title role also ends January 3.

“I love the message in our story of Cinderella because it reminds people that it’s all about you,” Palmer says of the show. “Your reality is what’s relative to you. If you want your reality to be bigger, better, more positive that’s what you have to be in order to make it happen.”

Cinderella is now playing in New York City’s Broadway Theatre.

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Keke Palmer Makes Her Broadway Debut in “Cinderella”

Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer made history when the curtain opened earlier this week in the Broadway production of Cinderella. The Akeelah and the Bee star became the first African-American to play the titular character on the Great White Way.

“It feels really awesome. I guess I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” the actress told ABC News Radio.

Palmer, who’s also making her Broadway debut, explained what she’s most looking forward to in the role.

“I naturally have always had that feeling of wanting to bring joy to people. Always! Whether it’s with jokes, being silly, any type of anything. I love people. I love expression,” she explained. “And so I think that’s going to be the best part for me — being able to perform out there in front of all those people and getting that immediate feedback.”

Palmer is currently starring alongside former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who’s portraying Madame, the evil stepmother in this version of Cinderella. Nene Leakes will take over Shepherd’s role Nov. 25 until Jan. 3. Palmer’s run in the title role also ends January 3.

“I love the message in our story of Cinderella because it reminds people that it’s all about you,” Palmer says of the show. “Your reality is what’s relative to you. If you want your reality to be bigger, better, more positive that’s what you have to be in order to make it happen.”

Cinderella is now playing in New York City’s Broadway Theatre.

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“Dolphin Tale 2,” “No Good Deed,” “The Drop” Open Friday

Sony/Screen Gems(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday:

Dolphin Tale 2
— In the sequel to the 2011 family film, the marine hospital that cares for Winter the dolphin faces the possibility of losing the mammal to another aquarium. Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson star. Rated PG.

No Good Deed
— Taraji P. Henson is a wife and mother terrorized by an escaped convict, played by Idris Elba, who shows up at her doorstep. Rated PG-13.

And opening in limited release:

The Drop
— The drama marks the late James Gandolfini’s final film. He plays the employer and cousin of Tom Hardy’s Bob, a bartender entangled in a robbery gone awry. Noomi Rapace also stars in the film, which was written by Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone author Dennis Lehane. Rated R.

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Jennifer Garner Jokes About ‘Sexy Polaroids,’ Discusses How Social Media Has Changed Relationships

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — In her new film, Men, Women and Children, Jennifer Garner attempts to portray the way social media, including Twitter and Facebook, has changed relationships.

Garner is part of one of the most famous households in America, married to Ben Affleck, and mother to their three children — Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2.

“It makes you feel kind of sick to your stomach to watch the movie,” she told Vanity Fair of the content of the film, especially as a mother and wife. “With parenting, how I feel about it and, specifically, about my character is we are just trying to get it right. You’re trying to do right by your kids and protect them.”

Garner — who was in Toronto for a film festival and promoting her new movie — added that a teacher in a parenting class she took in Los Angeles told her, “Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child.”

Explain to your kids, she added, that “this is why they are selling [things] this way.”

“You have these really hard conversations already,” she said.

When it came to her husband taking on the role of Batman, Garner said, “Everybody’s excited for Batman.”

She also addressed the fact that the movie doesn’t come out till 2016.

“I’ve been asked all these questions about it,” she said, “and Ben just said to me on the phone, ‘Jennifer, next year at Toronto it will still be months from coming out.'”

As for how Affleck and Garner spice things up, she said, “Polaroids, that’s what we do at the Affleck house, we have a stack of sexy Polaroids.”

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Movie Review: “The Drop” (Rated R)

Fox Searchlight(NEW YORK) — Dark and moody, clever and artful with a twist on cliché, The Drop is a surprising and tantalizing fall crime drama sprinkled with indelible moments provided by the consistently extraordinary Tom Hardy.

The Drop, sadly, is also the last original movie to feature the late James Gandolfini. His larger-than-life presence and acting chops are also on full display here as he embodies a character not too dissimilar from Tony Soprano, had Tony been a conniving, low-level mobster who didn’t have the brains or wherewithal to properly lead his small-time crew.

Hardy plays Bob, a bartender at Cousin Marv’s, a Brooklyn bar that was once owned by Gandolfini’s Marv. Technically, he still does own it, but it’s now run by Chechen mobsters. It’s also one of a network of bars used by the Brooklyn underworld banking system as a money drop. Our story begins when Cousin Marv’s is robbed, and before long the Chechens visit and insist that Marv and Bob get their money back.

Bob’s got a thick Brooklyn accent but doesn’t say much. His gaze vacillates between lost puppy, deer caught in the headlights, and quiet disbelief. He’s shy, but it’s a calculated shyness. Then on his walk home from the bar one cold night, he finds an adorable, clearly abused pit bull puppy in a garbage can that belongs to Nadia (Noomi Rapace). She slowly approaches Bob, interrogates him, then invites him and the puppy both into her home. The dog and Nadia open up an intriguing storyline masterfully navigated by novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) and director Michaël R. Roksam.

Hardy and Gandolfini are terrific scene partners. Their every moment together is filled with meaning, palpable subtext and, on occasion, humor. If you hunger for great acting, this movie is delicious. It’s not the most original story, but that weakness is balanced by Tom Hardy’s superb performance, some well-written, repeatable dialogue, and a couple of well-orchestrated surprise moments.

Four out of five stars.

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“Glee” Star Lea Michele Has Moved In with Boyfriend

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Glee star Lea Michele and her boyfriend Matthew Paetz have moved in together, just a few months after the pair began dating.

Michele and Paetz met on the set of her music video for “On My Way” this past spring. In June, a source close to Michele told People magazine that “for a long time, Lea wasn’t close to even thinking about getting into a relationship.” That was after Glee co-star and her former boyfriend Cory Monteith died in July 2013.

Paetz’s Twitter page indicates that he is a model and an actor and works as a dating and lifestyle coach.

A source close to the actress confirmed to ABC News on Thursday that the pair had moved in together.

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Nightclub Brawl Occurs During Chris Brown-Hosted Party

Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Manhattan club promoter was injured during a bottle-throwing melee at a party hosted by Chris Brown Thursday, police sources tell ABC News Radio.

The incident transpired inside the Meatpacking District’s VIP Room around 2:55 a.m. during a New York Fashion Week after-party. During the brawl, bottles were thrown and shards of glass injured the eye of the 29-year-old victim, who was standing near Brown.

The man sought treatment at the Beth Israel Medical Center for minor lacerations to his left eye before being transported to the New York Eye and Ear Hospital.

Brown’s rep tells ABC News Radio that the singer wasn’t involved nor was his entourage.

Brown himself tweeted not long after the report surfaced, “There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way.”

Just last week, Brown pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C. to misdemeanor assault, stemming from an incident outside of a D.C. hotel almost a year ago. He was sentenced to time served.

No arrests have been made in Thursday night’s incident.

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Did Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin Have a Date Night?

Rindoff/Dufour/French Select/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin both seem to have moved on from their past relationships. The Hunger Games actress and the Coldplay frontman were spotted dining together at a Beverly Hills hot spot this past Monday.

An onlooker tells People magazine, “They were super cute together,” adding, “They were laughing a lot and Jennifer was acting all goofy.”

Lawrence, 24, and Martin, 37, were first spotted together in public at one of his London concerts back in July.

Last month, sources told E! Online the couple has been spending “quality time” together since June.

Lawrence split from longtime boyfriend, X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult, over the summer.

Martin separated from Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife of 10 years, this past March.

Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. It opens nationwide Nov. 21.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Gifts Include Artwork

CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding gifts seemed to carry a theme, according to a source who tells Us Weekly the couple received a lot of artwork from friends who attended the top-secret nuptials last month.

The source says Brad and Angelina “are building a large art collection” at their 1,200-acre Southern France estate, Chateau Miraval and some of the gifts will help them decorate the walls.

The insider says a close friend of Pitt’s presented the couple with original paintings by British urban artist Dom Pattinson. The source says Brad and Angelina also received a giant elephant statue, although the sender remains unknown.

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FXX Airing a Musical “Simpsons” Marathon

FOX (NEW YORK) — In the wake of its successful marathon of every Simpsons episode to date, FXX will air a four-hour block of the animated series on Thursday night, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The cable network will run eight episodes that contain popular Simpsons music like “Monorail Song” and “We Do – The Stonecutters Song.” The tunes will also be highlighted at “The Simpsons Take the Bowl!” — a concert event that will be held from Friday through Sunday at the famous Hollywood Bowl.

At “The Simpsons Take the Bowl!” the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will perform to classic Simpsons clips. Simpsons voice actors Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith will be there, and there will be special guest appearances by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Beverly D’Angelo and more.

Yankovic, a guest on two Simpsons episodes, says the show is one of his favorites. He tells ABC News Radio, “I think my appearances on The Simpsons might be my real claim to immortality. I think my albums will be around for a long time, but The Simpsons will be in syndication for the next ten thousand years.”

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