Review Category : Entertainment

Watch Tom Hanks Reunite with Wilson from “Cast Away”

nyrangers/Instagram(NEW YORK) — Tom Hanks got to reunite with an old friend recently at a New York Rangers game.

No, not another actor he worked with in the past, but Wilson, the volleyball he befriended in the 2000 movie Cast Away.

While he was being applauded Wednesday on the Jumbotron at Madison Square Garden, Hanks, 58, was thrown a volleyball with Wilson’s red face on it.

Watch his reaction below:

A video posted by New York Rangers (@nyrangers) on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:05am PST

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Groups Call for Boycott of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Focus Features(NEW YORK) — With a week until the Valentine’s Day weekend release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, a new controversy is surrounding the racy thriller.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has launched a campaign, called #FiftyShadesIsAbuse, against it, saying the film adaptation of the novel glamorizes violence against women.

“When you strip away the glitz, glamour, the power, the fancy suits, the fancy soundtrack of the film, this is really just a movie about domestic violence and abuse against women,” Dawn Hawkins, the center’s executive director, told ABC News.

Another anti-Fifty Shades campaign, using the hashtag #50DollarsNot50Shades is calling for moviegoers to boycott the movie and instead donate the money they would spend on tickets to women’s shelters.

Others are arguing that Fifty Shades of Grey encourages women to explore their sexuality in a healthy way.

“The beauty, to me, of the book is getting women and couples talking about sex and exploring fantasies and I think that is a good thing,” Jenn Berman, a psychotherapist, told ABC News.

The film’s male lead, Jamie Dornan, 32, who plays Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, spoke out about the film’s sex scenes to Elle UK last month.

“The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect,” Dornan told the magazine. “I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic,” he said. “But actually, more men are submissive than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: In pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

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“Better Call Saul” Premieres, “The Walking Dead” Returns Sunday Night

Ben Leuner/AMC(NEW YORK) — If you were a fan of Breaking Bad, you better tune in to AMC this Sunday night.

That’s when the long-awaited Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, will premiere. Bob Odenkirk reprises his role of Saul Goodman, the entertaining but highly-unethical lawyer who worked with Bryan Cranston’s meth-dealing character, Walter White.

Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul began representing Walter; he’s actually known as Jimmy McGill here. The show will follow Jimmy as he eventually becomes Saul, the shyster fans grew to love on Breaking Bad.

While Cranston and Aaron Paul, who played Walter’s sidekick Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, are not expected to appear on the spin-off — at least not during season one — Jonathan Banks is back as the fixer Mike Ehrmantraut.

Series creator Vince Gilligan recently told reporters he’s “super-proud” of how the show has turned out, though he conceded, “I don’t think I really knew that until the writing was done and we were really several months into the editing.”

Better Call Saul will debut over the course of two nights, Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

Its 9 p.m. Eastern time lead-in on Sunday night will be The Walking Dead, which resumes its fifth season after a two-month hiatus. The kick-off appears to take place just after Beth’s death, and has Rick and the gang contemplating traveling to a safe haven Noah and Beth planned to escape to before her death.

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Chris Pratt-Chris Evans Super Bowl Bet Leads to $27K in Charitable Donations

ABC/Adam Taylor/Randy Holmes(SEATTLE) — A lot of good has come out of Chris Pratt and Chris Evans’ well-publicized Super Bowl bet.

Seattle Children’s Hospital announced Thursday that nearly $27,000 was raised for both their facility and the nonprofit organization Christopher’s Haven in Boston, thanks to fans of the Marvel stars who made donations as a result of the attention the bet received.

Seattle Children’s Hospital has raised nearly $15,000. Christopher’s Haven, which provides supportive housing for families whose children are receiving outpatient pediatric cancer treatments in Boston, has raised nearly $12,000.

Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital, says in a statement, “We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are turning their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities.”

Joyce Duvall, executive director of Christopher’s Haven, adds that Evans and Pratt “turned a simple, friendly wager into something very significant for both Christopher’s Haven and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The fun and goodwill that they have generated will stay with the children a long time.”

More than a week before the Super Bowl, Evans, a New England Patriots fan, and Pratt, who roots for the Seattle Seahawks, agreed to a bet on Twitter. If the Seahawks were to win the game, Evans would have to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital as Captain America. If the Patriots were to emerge victorious — which turned out to be the case — Pratt would have to make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven as his Guardians of the Galaxy character, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, in a Tom Brady jersey.

After Sunday’s game, Evans promised that he and Pratt will visit both Christopher’s Haven and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The two watched the Super Bowl in person together, along with Pratt’s wife, Mom actress Anna Faris.

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Kerry Washington Talks Olivia Pope’s Evolving Style on “Scandal”

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — On the last week’s episode of Scandal, Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope had traded in her tan trench coats for rags as she was being held captive by a terrorist in an unknown land. It’s precisely why the Golden Globe-nominated actress can’t exactly say how her character’s style will evolve this season.

“She’s in such a transitional period. She’s dealing with a lot,” Washington tells People magazine. “In the last few episodes, she’s kind of re-defining who she is, so it’s hard to say.”

Off-screen, Washington is helping launch the spring collection of The Limited’s collaboration with the hit ABC drama. The Limited Scandal collection is designed by Washington and Scandal’s costume designer, Lyn Paolo.

“I’m very partial to the sweaters this spring. They’re really beautiful and light, and they’re beautiful for layering. They’re gorgeous,” Washington says of the new collection.

As far as her personal style, Washington says she’s much more daring than her character, Olivia. “I have a lot more fun with patterns and colors,” she said. “I wear a lot of upcoming designers.”

“If I don’t like it, I don’t wear it, so it’s maybe a risk out there in the world, but the point is I have to feel good about it,” she added. “It’s not going to change me if other people like it or not.”

The actress also admits to having more pairs of Christian Louboutin heels than she can count. Her favorites are “a kitten heel with spikes,” and the pair she “got married in.”

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How Matt Damon Is Teaching His Kids the Importance of Giving Back

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Matt Damon is an Oscar-winning actor but he also makes time to give back.

As the co-founder of Water.org and the father of four, Damon said it’s important to him that he teach his children about how difficult it can be for people around the globe to find clean drinking water.

“It is difficult not to see my four daughters in the eyes of the many young girls I’ve met in my travels through poverty stricken communities around the world. It’s an ongoing education just like it is for me, but I’m bringing them along as best I can,” Damon told ABC News. “They’ve been born into a lot more privilege than I was and a lot of emotional capital as well. They’ve got a great mom and I like to think a pretty good dad too, and I expect them to do a lot. I expect that kids like that should do a lot, and they will have to if there’s any hope for our world.”

Damon, 44, and his organization have teamed up with Stella Artois for a new campaign to raise awareness of the global water crisis. The focus this time is specifically on women around the world who spend a combined 200 million hours collecting clean water for their families every day — a group of people with whom Damon shares a connection.

“My personal connection started when I went on a water collection with a 14-year-old girl in Zambia, and she grabbed her jerrycan and we walked a mile to the well. It was a long walk, and we talked about all the things she could be doing if she did not have to walk so far to get water,” he said. “In Haiti I met a young girl who told me she would play if she did not have to scavenge for water. Her grades were already top in her class. She just wanted to be able to play.”

Damon’s passion for the cause makes the time and effort he devotes to it worthwhile. In fact, he said it doesn’t feel like “work” at all.

“Access to clean drinking water is a luxury many of us take for granted every day. Meeting people around the world, most of whom are women and young children, who are living in a crippling cycle of poverty as a result of contaminated water and poor sanitation deeply affected me,” he explained. “To see a child gain access to clean drinking water and the chance to get an education and pursue a career is an incredible feeling.”

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“The SpongeBob Movie,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Seventh Son” Open Friday

“Seventh Son” – Universal(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
— Nickelodeon’s popular animated character returns to the big screen for his second movie, which is billed as his “most super-heroic adventure yet.” The cast includes Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Douglas Lawrence. The film is screening in 3D. Rated PG.

Jupiter Ascending — Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a cleaning lady on Earth who discovers, with the help of a genetically engineered ex-military hunter played by Channing Tatum, that she’s a queen of the cosmos. Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Douglas Booth also star in the film, which was directed by the Wachowski siblings and is screening in 3D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG-13.

Seventh Son — The “Seventh Son” is a young man with powers who’s placed on a mission by the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order to conquer an evil queen. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes star in the film, which is screening in 3D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG-13.

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Larenz Tate Stars in TV One’s Civil-Rights-Era Film “White Water”

Jenny Bertman(NEW YORK) — White Water, a Civil Rights-era film that centers on an African-American boy who desperately wants to drink from a white water fountain in the segregated south, premieres on TV One Saturday night.

“The true plot of the story is about a young boy’s coming of age. He’s a 8-year-old boy, who doesn’t understand segregation. He can’t wrap his mind around people being separate even down to the most neutral thing in the world, which is water,” House of Lies star Larenz Tate, who portray the boy’s father, tells ABC News Radio.

The film is based on true events that occurred during the summer of 1963 in Opelika, Alabama. It’s told from the point of view of little Michael, played by twins Amir and Amari O’Neil, who will do anything to drink from the “white only” water fountain.

“I play his father, who is a jazz musician, a bit of a rolling stone. He’s got a way with the ladies,” Tate says of his character, Terrance. “My character is not with the mother of the boy, who is played by Sharon Leal…but what is amazing about their relationship is that they understand the dynamic of co-parenting, even though they have their differences. The most important thing is to make sure that their son Michael is given the morals and the standards that any child should have.”

Tate not only stars in White Water, he’s also the co-producer.

“I just want to help and try to elevate the project on all facets, in its totality, beyond my role,” the actor explains of why he signed on as a producer. “And I really thought that this was a very important movie.”

“This was a movie that we wanted to try and get out to the marketplace. You know, sometimes [studios] don’t know how to market these movies in theaters or [they’ll limit African-American films to] one movie at a time. ‘You already got Selma out there. Y’all should be happy!'” Tate quips, referencing the Oscar-nominated film starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. “I wanted to do all that I could to support this movie.”

White Water premieres on TV One Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Movie Review: “Jupiter Ascending” (Rated PG-13)

“Jupiter Ascending” – Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — From the The Wachowskis comes Jupiter Ascending — a completely original space epic, if you overlook all of the obvious influences from other films.

We start with the title character, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a young woman who’s not living the dream. She lives in Chicago, where every day she wakes at 4:45am to begin a long day of cleaning toilets alongside her mother and aunt. She lives with her extended family, including her cousin, who’s convinced her to harvest her eggs so the two of them can split 15 grand.

While Jupiter toils on Earth, something else is at play in other parts of the universe. In this world the Wachowskis have created, not only are we not alone, we hardly matter: Earth is just one of many planets inhabited by humans, a species viewed as a commodity by the powerful Abrasax family. The family matriarch has died, and her estate — essentially, most of the universe — has been divided amongst her three children: Balem (Oscar-nominee Eddie Redmayne), Titus (Douglas Boot), and their sister, Kalique (Tuppence Middleton). Balem, being the eldest, inherited both his mother’s power, and her most valuable property… and guess which planet that is?

Just before Jupiter is about to get her eggs harvested, Cain (Channing Tatum), a bounty hunter of sorts who’s mostly human and part wolf, comes crashing in to rescue her. Turns out Balem’s minions were about to murder Jupiter during the procedure. That’s because she’s a Recurrence — a once-in-a-millennium event when somebody’s DNA is perfectly and naturally replicated in the universe. And because Jupiter is a Recurrence of Balem, Titus and Kalique’s deceased mother, universal law allows Jupiter to reclaim everything that belonged to her.

This all understandably comes as quite a shock to Jupiter, but Caine will help guide her through her transition to intergalactic royalty — and when I say “guide,” I mean fight a lot of alien creatures while defying the laws of physics and looking great while doing it, because Caine’s played by Channing Tatum.

Redmayne’s performance as the evil Balem is over-the-top in the best possible way. Think Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless in the 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon meets Steve Carell’s John du Pont in Foxcatcher. In fact, if you’re a fan of Flash Gordon, you’ll be reminded of it every five minutes or so while watching Jupiter Ascending. You’ll also be reminded of Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Game of Thrones and The Wizard of Oz — and that’s just in the first 20 minutes.

With Jupiter Ascending, The Wachowskis have given us a gift, but not because it’s a great movie. It’s not. It is, however, a great attempt at making an epic space adventure. It may fall well short of being a meaningful sci-fi classic, but Jupiter Ascending is a campy visual sci-fi spectacle that could very well become a cult classic.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Was Not Taken Off Life Support, a Family Source Says

Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalized, fighting to survive.

However, a family source told ABC News that contrary to media reports, Brown was not taken off life support on Thursday.

Brown, 21, was rushed to North Fulton Hospital last Saturday after her partner, Nick Gordon, and a friend found her face-down in a bathtub.

“Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family,” the Houston family said in a statement on Monday. “Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and we greatly appreciate your continued support.”

On Tuesday, Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was moved to a different facility, where her family has remained by her side. They have asked for privacy.

“We continue to request privacy in this matter,” Bobby Brown said in a statement Wednesday. “Please allow for our family to deal with this matter and give Bobbi Kristina the love and support she needs at this time.”

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