Review Category : Entertainment

Star Wars Celebration In London Offers Sneak Peek of “Rogue One”

Lucasfilm/Disney(LONDON) — The panel for the highly-anticipated stand-alone movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began Friday in London at Star Wars Celebration, but before the festivities happened, host Gwendoline Christie led a moment of silence for the victims of Nice, France.

“It’s impossible for us to sit here at celebration…without thinking of the terrible events that happened not far form here,” the Game of Thrones and Force Awakens star said. “Our hearts go out to the people in Nice, France.”

The audience then broke into the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise, to loud applause.

The plot of Rogue One focuses on a group of rebel heroes coming together on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. It hits theaters December 16.

A new poster and a new sneak peek trailer for the film were also revealed Friday. The poster features a new planet called Scariff, which director Gareth Edwards told the panel was his favorite because it was filmed on location in the Maldives.

The sneak peek shows action featuring stars including Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, and has behind-the-scenes interviews with Jones and director Gareth Edwards. “The pressure is so high,” Edwards says about directing a stand-alone film connected to one of his favorite films of all time.

The clip also shows a slew of droids and interesting characters, all part of the conflict. The clip ends with Jones telling her comrades, “May the Force be with us.”

During the panel, Jones was also presented with her own Jyn Erso action figure — the first from the movie.

Details were also released about the new characters:

K-2SO (played by Alan Tudyk)
Tudyk said he’s a 7’1 droid that has been reprogrammed and is the best friend of Cassian, played by Diego Luna. K-250 is crucial to the Rebellion. His data has been wiped and that may play a key role. “He speaks his mind and says things that can be unsettling, just very honest,” Tudyk said.

Chirrut (Donnie Yen)
He’s a blind warrior who believes in the Force.

Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
“He is a different kind of Imperial villain,” Mendelsohn said. “”He’s smarter than most of his predecessors.”

Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)
Jyn’s father. Mikkelsen says of his character, “He is a scientist, and he at one point invented something so beautiful .. it might change the universe.”

Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)
He’s been fighting for years against the Empire, Whitaker said, controlling a group of rebels that fight to “the extreme. …By any means necessary, he’ll do what he needs to do to save the world,” he added, noting that Saw has been trained by the Jedi.

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Katy Perry Releases Olympic Anthem “Rise,” Says She Hopes Song Can “Inspire Us to Heal”

Timur Emek/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — How do you score a sure-fire summer hit? Record an anthem for the Olympics. That’s just what Katy Perry’s done.

The pop star’s new song “Rise,” which is out now, will be used leading up to and throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics, including the night of August 5, when the Opening Ceremony takes place. In addition, a “Rise” Olympic promo will start running in over 20,000 movie theaters today.

In a statement, Perry says of “Rise,” “This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite.”

She adds, “I know that together we can rise above the fear — in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be.”

Perry ends her statement by saying, “I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

The song’s lyrics include the verse: “Oh, ye of so little faith/Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it/Victory is in my veins/I know it, I know it”

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Sequel Cast OK After Nice Attacks

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(NICE, France) — The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey was filming Thursday outside of Nice, France, the site of the attack that killed over 80 people, but the crew is safe.

Producer Dana Brunetti wrote on Facebook, “Production has confirmed that everyone working on location in the south of France is okay. Everyone has been accounted for and is safe and sound.”

The Hollywood Reporter says Fifty Shades Darker, again starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, was filming about 40 minutes outside of Nice and had wrapped for the day before the attack.

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Paul & Ringo Attend “The Beatles LOVE” 10th Anniversary Performance

Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell; Bryan Steffy/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) — Paul McCartney last night called it “the greatest show in Vegas.” Then again, he’s a little biased: The Beatles LOVE is about his old band, after all. And Thursday, it celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Not only was Paul there, but also Ringo Starr, John Lennon widow Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, widow of George Harrison, all of whom also attended the Cirque du Soleil show’s opening in 2006. The show itself, at the Mirage Casino, was recently re-worked by the Cirque team as well as by Giles Martin, who’d collaborated with his father, the late Beatles producer Sir George Martin, on the original soundtrack. In addition to changing a few songs, some performances were altered, a new sound system was installed in the theater in the round, and the set was partially redesigned.

Giles Martin says it was vital to re-work the show because, odd as it sounds, “The music doesn’t get old, and it means so much to people it’s important that we keep the show up to date with the music.”

Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia weren’t very prominent on the pre-show re-carpet. Paul and Ringo each darted past most of the reporters in either silence or with very limited comments, and posed for very few photos. Yoko spoke to the print media briefly at one end of the carpet before disappearing, while Harrison was nowhere to be seen.

At the end of the show, however, Paul and Ringo took the stage, praising the cast. “These people are fantastic,” said Paul. “Unbelievable. Just the greatest show in Vegas.”

As for the fans: “We love you,” said Paul in conclusion. “Love is all you need.”

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“Ghostbusters” Opens Nationwide Today

Hopper Stone/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) — You want to go to the movies this weekend, but you’re not sure what to see. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

The much-hyped, all-female reboot of the 1980s classic has finally arrived. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the new Ghostbusters, with Chris Hemsworth as their assistant.

Paul Feig directed the movie, which has been met with positive reviews from critics.

Ghostbusters, which is rated PG-13, will have to contend with the current box office champ, The Secret Life of Pets, whose voice cast includes Kevin Hart.

Hart enjoyed voicing a rabbit in the animated flick, joking to ABC Radio, “This is the closest I’m ever going to get to playing a white guy. This is it. This is the closest I’m ever going to get, which is why I jumped at the opportunity.”

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Lea Michele and Other “Glee” Stars Pay Tribute to Cory Monteith on Anniversary of His Death

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith in August, 2012; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1(NEW YORK) — Cory Monteith’s Glee co-stars, including his former girlfriend Lea Michele, took to social media Wednesday to pay tribute to the late actor, on the three-year anniversary of his death from a drug overdose.

Michele tweeted, “I know everyday you’re watching over me, and smiling.” She added, “Love and miss you Cory, everyday, but today a little more…”

Jenna Ushkowitz wrote on Instagram, “The time may pass but the warmth of your generous soul and the humility in your goofball nature will never fade.”

Ushkowitz, whose message accompanied a throwback photo of Monteith sitting at a drum set, wrote, “You are and always will be our quarterback. We miss you, friend. #3yearswithoutcory.”

Fellow Glee alum Naya Rivera tweeted, “Always missed and never forgotten,” next to a red heart emoji and the hashtag, “#3YearsWithoutCory.”

Here’s how some other Glee cast members saluted Monteith:

* Matthew Morrison: “The minutes become days, and the days become years…but you always remain so close. I miss you, Brother.”

* Kevin McHale: “Today I woke up thinking abt ur smile &how infectious it was.U made us laugh &feel loved evryday. #3YearsWithoutCory.”

* Heather Morris: “Three years ago my best friend wasabout to get married, I was 7 months pregnant and was delivered the news that Cory had passed. I was weary to get too emotional in fear that I would go into labor too early. Not only was cory the most genuine, always the guy to stop and say hi to fans, but he made everyone around him laugh….He was our family. We miss u bud. #3yearswithoutcory.”

* Chord Overstreet: “There’s no one quite like you. The greatest guy. The biggest heart. I love you man!”

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On “Legally Blonde’s” Anniversary, Reese Witherspoon Says Film Was a “Pivotal Moment in Feminism”

Reese Witherspoon in “Legally Blonde”; Tracy Bennett/MGM Pictures(NEW YORK) — Today is the 15th anniversary of Legally Blonde, and to celebrate the legacy of the hit film comedy, Elle Woods herself put out a request to all fans to “share pictures of you wearing pink, a picture of your pet, your law degree — anything that reminds you of Legally Blonde.”

“I have had so many women say to me, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde,” says star Reese Witherspoon on Instagram, describing the 2001 movie as a “pivotal moment in feminism.”

Witherspoon also spoke about how her role as Elle Woods impacted her career. “I owe so much to the creation of that character. She’s a big part of who I am as a person. I put a lot of myself into that — a positive person who is trying not to let other attitudes bring her down,” she said. “I am really proud of what we created.”

As promised, Witherspoon broke down the beloved “bend and snap” for her Instagram audience with a quick video. In her interview, Witherspoon added, “I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95.”

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“The Big Bang Theory” Creator Lands New Netflix Comedy

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — The co-creator and executive producer of TV’s biggest comedy is sticking his toe into streaming.

Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of a new comedy called Disjointed, from The Big Bang Theory executive producer Chuck Lorre. It stars American Horror Story alumna Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles-area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are her twenty-something son and a deeply troubled security guard, who are said to be pretty much high all the time.

Lorre also co-created and executive-produced Two and a Half Men, which at the height of its popularity was also TV’s top-rated sitcom.

There’s no word yet on when we’ll see Disjointed.

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“Game of Thrones” Leads Emmy Nods, “People v. O.J. Simpson” Close Behind

Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones”; image courtesy HBO(LOS ANGELES) — On Game of Thrones, winter has arrived, and so have the Emmy nominations. The HBO fantasy drama lead this morning’s 68th Annual Emmy Nominations, with 23 nods, though the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson is right behind it, with 22.

Other top-nominated series include Fargo with 18, Veep with 17, Saturday Night Live with 16, House of Cards with 13, The Night Manager with 12, Silicon Valley with 11, and Downton Abbey with 10.

HBO is the network with the most nods — a total of 94 — followed by FX with 56, Netflix with 54, NBC with 41, and ABC and CBS with 35 each.

Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast live on ABC Sunday, September 18.

Here are the nominees in key categories. For the full list, go to Emmys.org.

Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Claire Danes, Homeland
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans

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

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
TraceeEllis Ross, black-ish
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Shumer
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Limited Series
American Crime
Fargo
Roots
The Night Manager
The Peopple v. O.J. Simpso

Movie
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Idris Elba, Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Talk Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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How Justin Theroux Is Supporting Wife Jennifer Aniston After Her Powerful Op-Ed

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for the Critics’ Choice Awards(NEW YORK) — Justin Theroux showed his support for wife Jennifer Aniston with a Woman Crush Wednesday Instagram after her powerful op-ed in The Huffington Post.

The black-and-white photo of Aniston was paired with a caption that reads, “#wcw Here’s just one reason why. #gogirl” The caption also links to Aniston’s article.

In the opinion piece, published Tuesday, Aniston took on the tabloids head-on, stating that she isn’t pregnant, but she is fed up. She went on to criticize the objectification of women in the media.

“We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies,” Aniston wrote.

Theroux’s Instagram has since been flooded by comments praising his wife for her words.

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