Review Category : Entertainment

“Twilight’s” Jackson Rathbone Okay After His Plane Loses Engine Mid-Flight

Kiyoshi Ota/Paramount via Getty Images(LONG BEACH, Calif.) – Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone had a close call Thursday when his airplane lost one of its engines in mid-flight.

His wife Sheila and their 2-year-old son Monroe were also on board.

The 29-year-old actor gave a detailed account of the incident in a series of posts on his WhoSay page. “We were on @jetblue flight 1416 to Austin from Long Beach,” he recalls, adding, “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke.”

He notes, “The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking.”

“We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely,” he continues. “I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp. We left all our personal effects on board.”

“Who cares. We were alive,” he writes. “We’re safe. I’m grateful.”

Rathbone played Jasper in the Twilight series.

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Reese Witherspoon’s New Movie Sheds Light on US Lives of Sudan’s Lost Boys

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) — Reese Witherspoon’s latest campaign has taken the star of movies as Legally Blonde far from the glamor of Hollywood.

“It was one of those things where I was like, ‘I can’t not do this movie ’cause it’s so important to me,” Witherspoon told ABC News.

The Walk the Line Oscar winner’s new movie, The Good Lie, tells the story of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, orphaned children who walked hundreds of miles, without food or shelter, to escape the civil war in 1983.

Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort brought 3,600 Lost Boys and Girls to the US to start new lives.

The Good Lie, set to be released Oct. 3, is inspired by the children’s stories as well as the UN program that brought them to the US. The actors playing the Lost Boys were either Lost Boys themselves or descendants of Lost Boys; all of them fled Africa for the US or UK as children.

The film’s producers launched a fund this month to help raise monies for those in the Kakuma refugee camp, which Witherspoon visited in 2013 with her daughter.

Witherspoon plays a tough-talking employment counselor who is assigned to find the Lost Boys jobs when they first reach the US.

Some of Witherspoon’s co-stars lived that hardship, including Emmanuel Jal, a hip hop artist and former child soldier.

“This is the story of my home,” Jal said. “This is the voice of those who was not heard.”

The Good Lie is not just about where the Lost Boys started, though; it’s also about how far so many have come.

On Wednesday night, former Lost Boys Thon Chol, Kuol Awan, John Dau and Moses Ajou, as well as several others, were honored during a special gala and congressional screening of the movie. The gala also helped raised nearly $400,000 for the Good Lie Fund, with all monies going to the Kakuma camp.

Chol, a former Senate intern, works for the government of Washington, D.C., and is a leader in the Lost Boys community, and more broadly as a refugee advocate. Awan fled Sudan in 1987. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, serving as executive director of The Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development in Phoenix.

Dau fled Sudan in 1987 and resettled in Syracuse, New York, in 2001, and is now the president of John Dau Foundation. And Ajou joined the U.S. Air Force and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Shonda Rhimes Talks Strong Women, Weak Men

Todd Wawrychuk/ABC(NEW YORK) – Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder are some of the most buzzed about television productions of the fall, and they’re keeping the shows’ creator, Shonda Rhimes, very busy.

ABC’s Good Morning America’s co-anchor, Robin Roberts, visited “Shondaland,” the name of Rhimes’ production company and the term she and her colleagues use to refer to their workplace.

During the interview, they talked about the last time a producer had three top shows on at the same time.

“I think it was Aaron Spelling – T.J. Hooker, (The) Love Boat, Fantasy Island,” Rhimes, 44, said.

Rhimes, a producer, director and writer, told Roberts what it was like for her to know people were watching her shows and connecting with her.

“I remember my first experience, Grey’s (Anatomy), I felt like I was kind of just writing in my diary,” she said. “And it felt really surprising to me that I everybody else was watching.”

Rhimes is known for vetting her casts closely. Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on Scandal, has said auditioning for Rhimes was like being vetted for the White House, but harder.

“I’m with people for 11 seasons or six seasons or four seasons,” Rhimes, said, explaining the process. “And so it’s a marriage. It’s a family.”

There’s no shortage of drama on Rhimes’ productions.

Rhimes and her team of writers shocked viewers with last season’s finale of Grey’s Anatomy, which saw the apparent departure of Dr. Cristina Yang, one of the pivotal characters on the medical drama.

Now, Rhimes is bringing film star Viola Davis to TV in the new series How to Get Away With Murder.

“That is a miracle to me, right? … Viola Davis is on our TV. I can’t believe it,” she tells Roberts.

Rhimes is often credited for breaking race and gender barriers with her casting, but she doesn’t see it that way.

“Yeah. I mean, I feel like the television landscape should look like the world we see outside…,” she said. “The package that people come in is the package that they come in. What’s inside is what’s the most interesting thing.”

When Roberts asked her how many times she was told “no,” Rhimes replied: “I will be honest and say not very many…I mean, Grey’s Anatomy is my first job in television. Which is fantastic. And I’m thrilled that it is. But it — it was pretty magical.”

She added that she “struggled in others ways” before getting to where she is today.

When Roberts asked who would play her, Rhimes said it’s already happening.

“I think (the character) Meredith Grey, you know, Ellen Pompeo, was already playing me. I think Sandra Oh was already playing me. I think Chandra Wilson is already playing me,” she said, referring to the female stars of Grey’s Anatomy, and later adding: “I think I’m being played every time I write a character. Those people are playing me in a lot of ways.”

Rhimes said someone once asked her what it was like to get to write the voice of a black woman on Scandal. “And I said, ‘Well, you know, McDreamy’s been speaking in the voice of a black woman for a long time now.’ So it’s been fine,” she said with a laugh.

“McDreamy” is the heartthrob surgeon Derek Shepherd, who is played by Patrick Dempsey.

Another head-turning leading man is President Fitz Grant, played by actor Tony Goldwyn on Scandal.

“He plays the damsel in distress a lot. And he plays it in a very masculine, interesting, complex, you know, well-acted way,” Rhimes said.

Washington plays a powerful political fixer and Goldwyn’s president is emotional and gets into situations that need the fixer’s ongoing services. It’s a role reversal.

“It’s a very interesting gender switch that we purposely have done,” Rhimes said.

Rhimes said she’s often asked how she writes such smart, strong women.

“And I always say, ‘Is the alternative stupid, weak women?’ Like — I don’t know any of those,” she told Roberts. “And nobody asks, “How do you write smart, strong men?” That’s not a question that anybody’s ever asked before.”

Rhimes believes she’s set an example for her three daughters.

“I feel like — I look at them and I go, ‘Their mother is happy. Their mother is fulfilled,’” she said. “They never have a mother who sort of — didn’t get to do. Which is nice. There are sacrifices that go with that. I think there are sacrifices that go with anything. But I do feel really proud that they get to grow up and think anything is possible for a woman.”

Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy both air on ABC. How to Get Away With Murder has its series premiere on ABC on Sept. 25.

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Melissa Rivers Thanks Fans for Support Following Mother’s Death

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Melissa Rivers has posted a message to her fans on WhoSay thanking them for their support in the wake of her mother Joan Rivers’ death on Sept. 4.

In a statement that represents her first public comments since her mother’s funeral, Rivers writes, “As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time.”

She adds, “We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.”

In honor of the late comic, E! will air a day-long Fashion Police marathon Friday. It will be followed by a 90-minute special in which Melissa Rivers will join her mother’s Fashion Police co-hosts: Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. The special will include never-before-seen clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and funny outtakes.

The Fashion Police marathon will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan special at 8 p.m. ET.

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Joan Rivers Biography Set for 2016

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Fans of Joan Rivers can remember the late comedy icon as Little, Brown & Co. announced that they’re set to publish a biography about her life.

According to Deadline.com, veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts will pen the currently untitled biography.

“Joan Rivers’ life story was…characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving,” Bennetts said in a statement. “But Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.”

“It’s hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book — or one that would be more fun,” the Vanity Fair contributing editor continued.

Rivers’ biography will hit shelves in 2016.

Rivers died September 4, after doctors put her in a medically-induced coma after she went into cardiac arrest during a endoscopy procedure.

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Bill Hader to Return to “Saturday Night Live” as a Host

Ben Gabbe/NBC(NEW YORK) — After leaving Saturday Night Live last year following eight years on the hit NBC sketch-comedy show, Bill Hader is returning to the series.

NBC announced Wednesday that Hader will return to SNL as a host on Oct. 11. He’ll be joined by musical guest Hozier.

This may be good news for fans who miss Hader’s signature character, Stefon.

He recently joked on ABC’s Good Morning America that viewers “will never see him again. No, I’m joking. I don’t know. I do miss him.”

Previously, Hader told GQ magazine that he was done for good with Stefon, the infamous club kid with insider knowledge of the most ridiculous hot spots in New York City.

“Sometimes people say to me, ‘I want a Stefon movie!’ and I’m like, you think you want a Stefon movie, but then you’ll see the poster for it and think, ‘Wait, I don’t want this!'” he said. “There’s no emotional through-line.”

Hader is currently starring with another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig, in the film The Skeleton Twins.

Chris Pratt hosts the season premiere of SNL on Sept. 27.

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Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Details About His Wedding

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Neil Patrick Harris stopped by ABC’s The View Wednesday and revealed all the details of his Italian wedding to David Burtka, which took place earlier in the month.

“We’ve been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of why questions, to have a clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great,” Harris said of why he tied the knot. “He’s my husband and it was easier than partner or boyfriend or something like that.”

The former How I Met Your Mother star said only about 45 people were at the wedding and “I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people that matter the most to us. It was less about a proclamation and more of a declaration.”

Harris, 41, and Burtka have been together since 2004 and their twins via a surrogate — Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl — were born in 2010. The wedding was at a rented castle, where they also had Elton John perform.

“It was so crazy, because when you watch other people say their vows and get all chocked up, you say ‘Come on! Pull it together man,'” Harris added. “Then when you are standing there and it’s you and you have this piece of paper in your hand and it’s shaking … you can’t help but just get super-duper chocked up.”

Harris also explained how his daughter was the flower girl and his son was supposed to be the ring bearer, but he decided he wanted to be “the orange boy” and hand out oranges to the guests.

“We said, ‘What is an orange boy?’ and he explained this whole thing where he comes down with a basket of oranges,” Harris said. “Then, we were trying to find a plan like we’ll tie the rings to an orange.”

While Harris was originally worried about his son doing the “orange thing,” he quickly learned during the wedding, it was his daughter, Harper, who caused a bit of a fuss when the wedding was about to begin and she was to throw the flowers.

After the wedding director said it was time for Harper to go, Harris said, “She doesn’t go, she won’t go. She panics and she’s refusing to go and she’s clinging to legs and she’s starting to cry and we’re all stressed like, ‘You have to go now, we’ve timed this to the sunset.'”

“I say, ‘David, let’s just pick her up and we’ll all go together.’ Then David says, ‘Well, if Gideon goes first, then will you go?’ Gideon goes, ‘OK’ and he picked up his little orange basket and by himself, he walked confidently all the way down 20 steps, got halfway and just stopped!’ And we’re behind, ‘You can do it buddy, you got this!’ And he just took a breath and he walked all the way down,” he said.

Harris said Gideon ended up handing out the oranges and it was “very special.”

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Kim Kardashian Is ‘Trying’ to Get Pregnant

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian is hoping to get pregnant again very soon, she said.

“We’re trying,” she told Australia’s Today morning program of her and husband Kanye West’s efforts to have another child. “It’s all in God’s hands.”

Kardashian, 33, and West, 37, who said “I do” this past May, welcomed their daughter North West in June 2013.

Becoming a mother changed her life, Kardashian said.

“Everything’s put into perspective,” she said. “Nothing really matters besides spending time with your family and only doing things that are really important to you.”

West has also been a big influence on her, she said, especially when it comes to her style. Since she began dating him two years ago, she stopped working with a stylist, instead relying on her husband’s advice.

The results? More recognition for her fashion evolution, she said.

“I love just the way he dresses and he is a great designer and he gives me amazing style tips,” she gushed. “It’s been so great.”

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Sharon Osbourne Goes On Twitter Rant Against U2

James White/CBS(NEW YORK) — Sharon Osbourne is clearly not a U2 fan. The 61-year-old co-host of The Talk and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne took to Twitter to voice her opinion of the Irish rock band on Monday.

In the wake of U2’s partnership with Apple to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free, Osbourne tweeted, “U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.”

Sharon — who manages Ozzy and created Ozzfest — questioned, “Guys nothing is for free, how much you making?” She added, “PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies…”

Sharon continued, “Whose political ass are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show?…Jimmy Iovine, iTunes, U2, you’re a bunch of megalomaniacs. F*** YOU!”

Later Monday night, Sharon tweeted a link to her followers to remove the band’s album from their iTunes accounts. She wrote, “Here’s how to say NO to @U2’s new record that was forced upon you by @iTunes – #NoThankU2.”

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Kanye West on Wheelchair Incident: ‘Pick a New Target’

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) — Kanye West is tired of being picked on.

The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.

A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”

“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”

When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.

Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.

Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.

Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”

West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.

After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”

He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.”
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