Review Category : Entertainment

“Glee” Cast Says They Felt Cory Monteith’s Presence While Filming Finale

Tyler Golden/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — The cast of Glee says they felt Cory Monteith’s presence while filming the series finale of the Fox show.

Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz and Darren Criss appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to talk about the final episode, which includes a tribute to Monteith, a cast member who died in July 2013.

“There’s a moment in the last episode that we had [to honor Monteith], and then obviously when we wrapped we all took a moment,” Overstreet told DeGeneres.

“He was there, though, we could feel him,” Colfer added. “He was there.”

Monteith died from a mixture of heroin and alcohol. He was 31 years old.

There were plenty of tears during the filming of the final episode. “We were watching Matt Morrison sing us all a song so we were very much in our own world experiencing this,” Criss said of the final scene they filmed. “And one take they pulled a fast one on us, they took Matt out of it and put basically the entire crew and production there looking at us.”

“It’s as if you take every family member and friend that you’ve ever loved and that you have to say goodbye to and put them all in front of you at once,” Ushkowitz added.

Michele said the moment was very emotional that the director had to yell cut. “We are loud criers, me and Jenna,” Michele admitted.

For Criss, who says he rarely cries, it “was really cathartic…just to cry it out.”

Glee will wrap up after six seasons on March 20.

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Will Ferrell Plays in Five Spring Training Games for HBO Special

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Will Ferrell had a busy day on the baseball diamond Thursday.

The actor played for 10 teams during five spring training games in Arizona for an upcoming HBO special from his comedy website, Funny Or Die. He was set to play all of the positions during the course of the day.

Ferrell’s baseball odyssey began at the Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics game. He played shortstop for the A’s, but then was traded to the Mariners for a “comedic actor to be named later.” He played second base for the Mariners.

Game number two for Ferrell featured the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He joked that as a kid he rooted for the Angels, “before they became the L.A. Angels of Anaheim, Adjacent to L.A., Just Southern California, South, North of San Diego Angels.” He played center field for the Angels and first base for the Cubs, striking out during an at-bat. He also coached third base for Chicago.

The Arizona Diamondbacks “acquired” Ferrell from the Cubs in exchange for two specialty hot dogs — a Churro dog and a D-Bat dog — before playing the Cincinnati Reds. He played left field for the D’backs and third base for Cincinnati.

In game number four, Ferrell struck out in his at-bat for the Chicago White Sox before being traded to Chicago’s opponent, the San Francisco Giants.

Ferrell finished his day by participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres game.

You can check out photos and videos of Ferrell in action on Major League Baseball’s Twitter feed.

Game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s day at the ballparks will be auctioned on MLB.com, with proceeds going to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer.

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Will Oprah Winfrey Appear on “Empire?”

Discovery Communications, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Fox’s hit show, Empire, has had numerous guest stars, including Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, singers Mary J. Blige and Courtney Love and model Naomi Campbell, but there’s one person series co-creator Lee Daniels is dying to have, his friend Oprah Winfrey. The two have worked together on the films The Butler and Precious.

Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter that she told Daniels, “‘Lee, it’s not enough that you’ve taken every viewer possible on Wednesday night, now you want me to leave my own network?'”

Daniels reportedly laughed hysterically and said, “I’m wearing her down!”

Still, co-creator Danny Strong tells People magazine that he’s not really concerned if Winfrey signs on or not. “I mean, Lee has been throwing out name after name and who knows if we are going to get some of these people or not. I’m less concerned about that. I mean, it would be exciting to get them but at the end of the day we have to deliver the story of the Lyon family and all the drama that ensues with that,” he explained.

Empire centers on the Lyon family and their musical empire as they struggle to take the company public. A second season has already been ordered, although the show’s creators and the network are still divided on how many episodes should run. Daniels wants to stick with 12, while Fox wants more, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“My only hope for next season is that we can keep it as strong, quality-wise, as this season,” Strong tells People magazine. “And I think we can do it. I think it is a really challenging show to put together…I just want the show to stay as good as it can be.

Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter that many industry titans have come forward wanting to contribute in some way. Even Spike Lee reached out to direct an episode, according to Daniels. “That’s when I realized what a beast Danny and I have created,” Daniels told the trade magazine.

The two-hour season finale of Empire airs next Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Movie Review: “Run All Night” (Rated R)

“Run All Night” – Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Jimmy (Liam Neeson) and Shawn (Ed Harris) grew up together in New York City, idolizing the local gangsters. Jimmy became a hit man while Shawn became the boss. These two are so tight, that when Jimmy is forced to kill Shawn’s son, Danny, (Boyd Holbrook) because Danny tries to kill Jimmy’s son, Michael, (Joel Kinnaman), Jimmy takes Danny’s mobile phone off his dead body and calls Shawn with it to tell him the news.

Got it?

See, Danny’s a hothead who made an unauthorized drug deal with some Armenians. Instead of paying them in cash, he paid them with bullets. Then, in the kind of convenient coincidence you find only in movies, Michael witnesses Danny shooting one the Armenians (maybe it was two — it was dark) because Michael is the Armenians’ limo driver.

By the way, Michael also hates dad Jimmy, and hasn’t seen or spoken to him in years. So even though Michael knows his life is in danger, when Jimmy shows up at his house to protect him, Michael kicks him out. Good thing Jimmy decided to have a smoke in front of the house, because Danny’s father Shawn shows up and has a sit-down with Jimmy, who asks him to have mercy on his boy, even offering his own in exchange for Michael’s.

If you’ve seen the Run All Night trailer, you know how that goes over with Shawn. “I’m coming after your boy with everything I’ve got,” Shawn tells Jimmy with eerie calm. That scene, anchored by the brilliant Ed Harris, instantly elevates the entire film and serves as an entry point into a chain of unlikely events that couldn’t possibly happen in real life. But here we’re going to buy it, because Harris’ presence balances out Neeson’s recent, relentless pursuit to apparently play the exact same character for the rest of his life, though this one has just a little more depth than usual.

Jimmy exits the restaurant with Shawn’s goons in hot pursuit and spends the rest of the movie trying to protect Michael and his family.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra, Neeson’s collaborator for Non-Stop and Unknown, keeps every scene feeling dirty and dangerous. Each chase scene, whether in a car or on foot, is intense. Even the finale is terrific, and rapper Common makes for an excellent and unrecognizable hi-tech hit man in pursuit of Jimmy and son. The script also makes no apologies for Jimmy’s past behavior, which involves killing at least 17 men for Shawn. While Jimmy might be feeling a bit guilty, it’s not necessarily because he destroyed the lives of strangers, but because of the damage he did to his relationship with Michael in the process.

Run All Night starts out as a seemingly predictable, formulaic affair, but in the end it’s a heart-pounding thriller.

Four out of five stars.

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