Review Category : Entertainment

Julia Roberts Designed Her Look for Drama “Secret in Their Eyes”

Karen Ballard/STX Productions(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Roberts doesn’t look glamorous in her new movie, and she loves it.

The actress plays a detective struggling with the murder of her own daughter in Secret in Their Eyes, and the stress has taken a toll on her character physically. ABC Radio asked her about her look, and the bangs she’s sporting in the drama.

“Oh, I loved it,” she said. “I mean, it’s absolutely my complete design from the bangs to the socks.”

She co-stars in the film with Nicole Kidman. Who needed more time in the makeup chair?

“You know, it was strangely even,” Roberts confesses. “You would think she spends a lot of time in there, but she just walks in looking pretty darn fabulous, so it’s not a lot of time.”

Roberts’ role was a challenging one, but she didn’t prepare for it by thinking about what it would be like to lose one of her own children.

“No, I wouldn’t want to play that game,” she said. “…It’s just too dark and bleak of a place to be creative and try to accomplish an acting task. It’s not worth putting myself, throttling myself through that kind of emotional landscape.”

Secret in Their Eyes is out Friday.

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“Hunger Games” Stars Describe Their ‘Codependent’ Relationship

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — The cast of the fourth and final Hunger Games movie made headlines this week when the movie’s Los Angeles premiere was scaled down in honor of the victims of the deadly attacks in Paris.

The film’s director, Francis Lawrence, explained Wednesday on Good Morning America that the cast and crew made the decision in large part because they felt “very close” to Paris.

“We shot in Paris for six weeks. We lived there,” Lawrence said. “A huge majority of our crew is French and so it hit us hard.”

Monday’s premiere for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 was without the usual high-profile red carpet glitz and glamour.

“I think we felt strange and odd to be out there selling the movie with smiles on our faces but we also didn’t want to disappoint fans and we didn’t want to disappoint the charities like Make-A-Wish that come out for these things,” Lawrence said. “So we decided to just focus on the fans and focus on the charities.”

Lawrence, who directed two other Hunger Games movies, said the conclusion of the franchise has been “really satisfying” and “emotional.”

“It’s been the most creatively fulfilling part of my life, absolutely,” Lawrence said. “These stories are unbelievable. The characters are unbelievable. The group of people I got to work with are incredible.”

The series’ stars — Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — described their friendship as “codependent.”

“You can’t describe what we have,” said Hemsworth. “I hate the word ‘colleagues.’”

“We have a very unhealthy workplace environment and we’ve translated that into a friendship,” Hutcherson said, with Jennifer Lawrence adding, “We make our codependent, unhealthy relationship work.”

The stars said they continue to be blown away by the support of their fans, including the roughly 6,000 who waited in the cold for them at the premiere of Mockingjay – Part 2 in Berlin.

“This whole thing has been just incredible,” Lawrence said. “Our fan support is unbelievable.”

One of the stars of the film, Donald Sutherland, said he hopes the movie stirs young people to action.

“It’s a wonderful anti-war picture and if young people go and look at it and become politicized…it will be a true success,” he said.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 opens in theaters Friday.

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Donald Sutherland Calls “Hunger Games” Co-Star Jennifer Lawrence a ‘Genius’

Murray Close/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence received high praise from one of her Hunger Games co-stars Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of the final film in the series, Mockingjay — Part 2.

Donald Sutherland, who plays President Snow, the antagonist to Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, called her a “genius” on the red carpet.

“It’s really simple. She’s a delivery system for truth,” Sutherland said.

Here’s how J-Law reacted: “He’s one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met in my life, so the fact the he evens likes me, I don’t know, what can you say about that?”

Lawrence also offered her thoughts on how her relationship with her character has changed over the years.

“I really grew into Katniss’s intellect because at the beginning, when I was younger, I was so frustrated with her reluctance,” she said. “I was like, I want her to be this hero, I want her to take this leadership, and it wasn’t until I got older that I was like, no, that is a true warrior and a true hero who knows the consequences of war and knows the consequences of taking action and knows the sacrifices that come with change.”

Before she attended the premiere, Lawrence appeared on The Tonight Show, where she revealed two of her most embarrassing moments.

The first involved meeting a woman at a party for her film Silver Linings Playbook whom she mistook for Elizabeth Taylor — unaware the actress had passed away years earlier. “She was complimenting me and I was like, ‘Me?…No, I mean You,'” she recalls. I was like, ‘you’re unbelievable. And then my friend walks by and I grabbed her and I was like, ‘This is Elizabeth Taylor!” and she was like, ‘no it’s not.'”

Lawrence told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that she once spotted The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola with a group of people and worked up the nerve to walk over and introduce herself. “He’s with a giant group of people…and I noticed I was barefoot and I was like, ‘They probably won’t notice,’ she said. “But I introduced myself and I was like, ‘I’m such a huge fan,’ and I introduced myself to the whole table,” but when she turned to leave, she recalled she unexpectedly showed more than her soles: “My entire dress was unzipped and my thong was out.”

Later, she joined Fallon for a segment called “Come Dance with Us,” in which they showed clips of an instructional dance video starring two dancers that looked just like them.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 opens in theaters Friday.

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“Nashville” Recap: ‘Unguarded Moments’

ABC/Mark Levine(NASHVILLE) — With his opening act, Juliette Barnes, in rehab, his intended-CEO Jeff Fordham now dead, and his teenage son upset with him over how he handled the whole matter, Luke Wheeler tried to cope with his ever-changing world on Wednesday night’s Nashville.

Rayna Jaymes feared her daughter Maddie’s surprise appearance onstage with Juliette would have consequences, and it did — Sony offered the teen a record deal, one she knew her mother would never let her accept. While Rayna made progress producing Markus Keen’s record for Highway 65, the long hours took her away from her family and Deacon Claybourne, who was distracted himself, throwing himself into transforming a dying Nashville bar into The Beverly, a tribute to his late sister.

Gunnar Scott’s decision to take his new love interest on the road as his sound engineer backfired, as Erin proved she couldn’t handle it, blowing out the sound system during a show with Scarlett O’Connor. Scarlett and Gunnar, however, were reminded they can depend on each other even when life throws them curveballs, regardless of what may be going on in their love lives.

Avery Barkley grew disenchanted with his gig playing commercial jingles, when he realized his roommate Will Lexington was channeling his heartbreak over his boyfriend Kevin into his songwriting. Avery convinced Will to let him play one of his tunes at the Bluebird, reminding him how much he loves to perform and possibly landing Will a new publishing deal.

Rayna found the solution to her problem with Maddie by offering both of her daughters a recording contract with her label, Highway 65. In the end, the teen still felt like her mother was trying to control her, while a text on Rayna’s phone made Deacon wonder if she hadn’t been getting a little too close to Markus.

Catch all the drama of Nashville next Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Why Rachel Weisz Keeps Her Marriage to Daniel Craig Private

Fox Searchlight(NEW YORK) — She’s an Oscar winner and he’s James Bond, but actors Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig have worked hard to keep their four-year marriage private.

“He’s just too famous. It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage,” Weisz said in the December-January issue of More magazine. “When you’re young, you tell your girlfriends everything. One of the great pleasures of not being an adolescent is that you don’t have to share everything. When you’re married, that door closes. The audience goes, and you’re in your own life.”

Weisz and Craig were friends for years when romance sparked during the filming of their 2010 movieDream House. They kept their relationship under wraps until their surprise marriage in 2011.

The Constant Gardener actress, 45, did share a couple tidbits from her life with Craig, 47, and her 9-year-old son from her former relationship with director Darren Aronofsky. They live in New York City’s East Village, where they frequent Japanese restaurants and Tompkins Square Park, where her son has played since birth. They also enjoy staying home.

“We cook a lot. Daniel is a great cook,” Weisz said. “He doesn’t use recipes; he makes things up. He’s creative. He’s not scared. He goes for it.”

Craig is starring in Spectre, out now.

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“Empire” Recap: Hakeem Wins the Battle, But Loses His Name

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — On Wednesday’s episode of Empire, Lucious Lyon’s new artist Freeda challenged his son, Hakeem, to a rap battle by singing her new song, “Daddy’s Little Girl.” The challenge had Cookie scared. Still, ‘Keem went on Periscope to accept her challenge.

Later, Cookie began to believe that Hakeem could win. She was so confident in him that she made a bet with Lucious — that if Hakeem won, she’d be able to put out Jamal’s album on her label, Lyon Dynasty. Lucious agreed…and when Cookie later won the bet, thanks to Hakeem, she was thrilled.

Hakeem was also in a celebrating mood, so much so that he decided to make an announcement: “I’m dropping my last name,” he told the crowd.

Lucious congratulated him by saying sarcastically, “Congrats Mr. No Name.” Gotta love him!

Behind closed doors, Hakeem was also winning in his personal life. His “girlfriend” Laura was ready to take their relationship to the next level, but she had to tell Hakeem that she was a virgin first. “We can take our time,” Hakeem assured her. “We don’t gotta rush.”

Still, across town Anika realized she was pregnant…and it was Hakeem’s baby! She tried to tell him, but he put her in the friend zone by telling her that he’s in love with Laura.

But when Laura was leaving the club with Hakeem after he won the rap battle he called Laura an Uber. But when the driver pulled up, viewers saw that Anika was behind the wheel. She cryptically warned Laura, “Buckle up!”

Meanwhile, Pepsi asked Jamal to write a song for their new campaign. And with help from his mother and father, who bumped heads the entire time, he created a song worthy enough for the company.

Find out what happens to Laura on the next episode of Empire, which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

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“Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance” Recap: Wiglesworth Is Booted Off the Island

CBS (NEW YORK) — Two castaways gained an advantage in the game and another was blindsided on Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance.

The 11 remaining castaways started off with a reward challenge that began with team captains Tasha Fox and Kelly Wiglesworth each choosing teams of five from among the contestants. The odd person out did not participate.

Fox chose Steven Fishbach, Spencer Bledsoe, Joe Anglim and Ciera Eastin. Wiglesworth picked Keith Nale, Kelley Wentworth, Kimmi Kappenberg and Jeremy Collins. Abi-Maria Gomes was not selected and therefore shut out of winning the reward.

The teams used wooden poles to go up a staircase, then making their way through a maze, then down a slide. One person then navigated a key to a rope obstacle. They then used that key to open a chest. Two tribe members then used the pieces inside that chest to solve a puzzle revealing three numbers to a combination. The reward for the team that solved their combination and raised their flag — a trip to theSurvivor spa for a shower, massage and lunch – went to Tasha’s team.

The contestants were then gathered for a grueling individual immunity challenge where they had to balance on triangular platforms in the water, with their feet perched on very narrow footholds. At regular intervals, they moved up a level on the platforms, making it more difficult. Any contestant who lost their balance and fell into the water was automatically out. Joe won immunity for the third straight time.

During the challenge, the castaways were offered a chance to give up their shot at immunity by racing to a buoy and earning an advantage in the game. Fishbach and Bledsoe took the challenge with Steven coming out the winner. His reward: the ability to steal another castaway’s vote at a tribal council, which he chose to save for later in the contest.

At the tribal council, Jeremy, who earlier found his second hidden immunity idol, took a big risk by choosing not to play one of them. He conspired with Fishbach, Spencer and the other girls to blindside Wiglesworth. Kelly was booted off the island and became the third member of the jury for the current season.

Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

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Chris Harrison Says ‘There Will Be Drama’ on New Season of “The Bachelor”

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Chris Harrison hinted at what viewers can expect on the upcoming season of The Bachelor, which features Ben Higgins as the new bachelor.

“Ben is going to be a phenomenal bachelor,” the show’s host told ABC News. “I can’t wait for everybody to see this season. I think everybody is really going to fall in love with this guy. He’s just a very sincere, sweet, genuine guy.”

“But at the same time when you have somebody who is a great catch there will be drama,” he warned.

Harrison also reflected on his 15 years with the reality show and revealed his favorite moment.

“Tristan and Ryan [Sutter]’s proposal and then their wedding,” Harrison said. “It really legitimized what we were doing…it let everybody know ‘this is a the real thing.’ It was just that lightning in a bottle moment that probably set up the next 14 years.”

Season 20 of The Bachelor premieres on ABC in January 4, 2016.

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Tamar Braxton Leaves Hospital

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Tamar Braxton is apparently better after discovering last week that she had blood clots in her lungs.

The singer, who was forced to quit Dancing with the Stars, updated her fans on Instagram late Tuesday afternoon by posting a video of herself being pushed out of the facility in a wheelchair. “Guess who’s leaving the hospital, finally! Won’t he do it! Yasss!” she said in the video clip.

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While leaving a CVS in Woodland Hills later that day, the singer later told a TMZ photog she’s happy to be back. “I just got out, just dropped off my prescription, I’m so excited to be back,” she says. When asked if she’s feeling 100 percent, she replies: “Well, no, but I’m out the hospital.”

Tamar’s husband, Vincent Herbert, chimes in: “When you find a great woman, you find a great thing. I just want her to be healthy.”

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Drew Barrymore Said She Loves That “Miss You Already” Is Being Compared to “Beaches”

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Drew Barrymore said she loves that her newly released film, Miss You Already, has already been compared to the popular 1988 film Beaches, starring Bette Milder.

“This was a film for women, by women and about women,” Barrymore said on Good Morning America. “Having two daughters myself, I was inspired to tell this story about girlfriends.”

Miss You Already centers on two best friends: one who’s undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and the other who’s trying to get pregnant.

Toni Collette, who stars opposite Barrymore in the film, said their chemistry was effortless. “Best-friend chemistry you cannot fake,” Barrymore agreed. “It’s either there or it isn’t and we got lucky because it was really there.”

As for the challenge of balancing work and being a mom, Barrymore seems to be enjoying the beautiful chaos that comes with the task. “I still work but it’s very few and far between, one every couple years,” she explained, adding that she’s “extremely selective” because it’s “a very time-consuming job.”

Barrymore continued of her family life, “It’s a constant, messy, brilliant, circus of perfection. Everybody agrees that it goes by so fast so I am just ever present.”

Miss You Already is in theaters now.

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