Review Category : Entertainment

First Teaser for “Girl Meets World” Debuts

(NEW YORK) — A 30-second sneak peek of Disney Channel’s Boy Meets World spinoff is now available for your viewing pleasure on the Web.

In the clip for Girl Meets World, we see Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles of Cory and Topanga, as they deal with their teen daughter Riley.

Girl Meets World premieres this summer.

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First Teaser for “Girl Meets World” Debuts

(NEW YORK) — A 30-second sneak peek of Disney Channel’s Boy Meets World spinoff is now available for your viewing pleasure on the Web.

In the clip for Girl Meets World, we see Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles of Cory and Topanga, as they deal with their teen daughter Riley.

Girl Meets World premieres this summer.

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“Scandal” Recap: Tick, Tick, Boom!

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) — On Thursday’s episode of ABC’s Scandal, plenty of visitors stopped by Pope & Associates, including President Fitzgerald Grant, B613 Head Jake Ballard and OPA defector, Quinn Perkins. All came flocking to Olivia Pope after they discovered her mother, Maya, planted a bomb somewhere in D.C. They all planned to work together to prevent the explosion.

Inside the White House, Vice President Sally Langston and her team found out from the staff doctor that first lady Mellie Grant asked for a paternity test to determine the father of her son, Jerry. Afterward, Sally’s campaign consultant, Leo Bergen, creatively tried to get a DNA sample from the president’s son to see if he was really Fitz’s child. Leo offered a student athlete at Jerry’s school acceptance into Harvard and Yale if she got a DNA sample from Jerry. The student got the sample by having sex with the president’s son.

Still, it wasn’t long before Olivia’s dad caught onto Leo’s schemes. He told Liv and she subsequently confronted Mellie. Liv told her that if she thought the White House doctor kept things confidential, “you’d have to be an idiot or reckless, and you are not reckless.”

Mellie quickly revealed she wanted her husband to pay for what he did to her — taking her lover, vice president pick Andrew Nichols away. “I want to see him burn,” Mellie told Liv, then she let her big secret slip: “Big Jerry isn’t something I want to be nailed to anymore,” she said in a drunken rant. Remember: Big Jerry, Fitz’s father, raped Mellie years earlier, but Mellie never told anyone.

Mellie asked Liv to help her hide the news from Fitz. “You owe me Liv,” she said. Liv eventually helped Mellie and paid off the DNA test center to skew the results they gave to Sally.

Meanwhile, Olivia and her team were still trying to locate the bomb so Liv ordered Fitz to stay in the White House. Initially he agreed, but when he started to slip in the polls, he headed to the battleground state of Ohio to make a speech.

With everyone out of the office, Quinn and Huck had sex in the parking lot. They were so engrossed in their activities that they didn’t see Olivia’s mother walk past them and into the offices — she then stabbed Olivia’s father, Eli, in the chest. Later, Liv walked in on her dad gasping for air on the floor.

Across town, Jake told chief of staff Cyrus Beene that he figured out where the bomb was — inside the church where many politicians were gathering for a funeral of a senator who had just passed away. And while Cyrus began to stall the president, he also made sure Sally was already on her way to the church.

We’ll find out if Sally makes it out of the church alive on the season finale of Scandal, which airs next Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Movie Review: “Draft Day”

Lionsgate/Summit(NEW YORK) — Draft Day is one of the most unusual and surprising sports movies ever made.

Yes, it’s about an underdog, but it has nothing do to with the action on a field, court or rink. Nor is it about an aging, dying or disabled athlete with something to prove. Instead, this is the story of Kevin Costner’s Sonny Weaver Jr., the fictional general manager of the real Cleveland Browns, and how he wins or loses for his struggling team off the field.

Just about the entire movie takes place on draft day. Director Ivan Reitman, along with writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, do a good job explaining the NFL draft to the uninitiated without patronizing die-hard football fans. If you’re one of the former, the draft is how teams build their franchises. Over a three-day period, owners add eligible college players to their teams. The worse your team’s record the previous season, the better your draft pick. But draft position isn’t absolute: you can trade up or down — and therein lies the drama of Draft Day.

When we meet Sonny, he isn’t just dealing with the pressure of draft day. His girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner), who also works for the team (their office romance is a secret), has just told him she’s pregnant. Sonny has no idea how to deal with the news, and Ali has no idea how to deal with Sonny’s inability to deal with the news. Furthermore, Sonny’s legendary father, former Cleveland Browns coach Sonny Weaver Sr., died the week before. In addition to his personal issues, both the city of Cleveland and the team’s owner, the flashy Anthony Molina (Frank Langella), are breathing down Sonny’s neck, wanting to know what he’s going to do with their draft pick.

Anthony commands Sonny to make a splash, so when the Seattle Seahawks come calling and offer him their first pick — the much-coveted, high-profile quarterback Bo Callahan — Sonny gives Seattle the Browns’ first-round draft pick for the next three years in exchange.

The city of Cleveland is elated by the trade, but Sonny is having buyer’s remorse, no longer certain drafting Bo is the right thing to do. That’s a sentiment shared by new Browns head coach Penn (Denis Leary), who thinks the Browns already have a good quarterback in Brian Drew (Tom Welling). Just another headache for Sonny.

Kevin Costner’s nuanced work here demands empathy. In Draft Day, he delivers one of his more powerful and heartfelt performances, putting the movie on his shoulders like a blue-chip, number-one draft pick would carry a team to the Super Bowl, then win it in the final seconds.

Some of the exposition in Draft Day is a bit cringe-worthy to a football fan, as various exchanges between team execs are clearly conversations that would’ve taken place weeks before the actual draft, but this is a movie for non-football fans as well. There’s also some inconsistent characterizations and other fumbles, but they can be forgiven because the rest of Draft Day isn’t just entertaining for sports and movie fans alike: it’s simply thrilling and fun.

Four out of five stars.

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Movie Review: “Draft Day”

Lionsgate/Summit(NEW YORK) — Draft Day is one of the most unusual and surprising sports movies ever made.

Yes, it’s about an underdog, but it has nothing do to with the action on a field, court or rink. Nor is it about an aging, dying or disabled athlete with something to prove. Instead, this is the story of Kevin Costner’s Sonny Weaver Jr., the fictional general manager of the real Cleveland Browns, and how he wins or loses for his struggling team off the field.

Just about the entire movie takes place on draft day. Director Ivan Reitman, along with writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, do a good job explaining the NFL draft to the uninitiated without patronizing die-hard football fans. If you’re one of the former, the draft is how teams build their franchises. Over a three-day period, owners add eligible college players to their teams. The worse your team’s record the previous season, the better your draft pick. But draft position isn’t absolute: you can trade up or down — and therein lies the drama of Draft Day.

When we meet Sonny, he isn’t just dealing with the pressure of draft day. His girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner), who also works for the team (their office romance is a secret), has just told him she’s pregnant. Sonny has no idea how to deal with the news, and Ali has no idea how to deal with Sonny’s inability to deal with the news. Furthermore, Sonny’s legendary father, former Cleveland Browns coach Sonny Weaver Sr., died the week before. In addition to his personal issues, both the city of Cleveland and the team’s owner, the flashy Anthony Molina (Frank Langella), are breathing down Sonny’s neck, wanting to know what he’s going to do with their draft pick.

Anthony commands Sonny to make a splash, so when the Seattle Seahawks come calling and offer him their first pick — the much-coveted, high-profile quarterback Bo Callahan — Sonny gives Seattle the Browns’ first-round draft pick for the next three years in exchange.

The city of Cleveland is elated by the trade, but Sonny is having buyer’s remorse, no longer certain drafting Bo is the right thing to do. That’s a sentiment shared by new Browns head coach Penn (Denis Leary), who thinks the Browns already have a good quarterback in Brian Drew (Tom Welling). Just another headache for Sonny.

Kevin Costner’s nuanced work here demands empathy. In Draft Day, he delivers one of his more powerful and heartfelt performances, putting the movie on his shoulders like a blue-chip, number-one draft pick would carry a team to the Super Bowl, then win it in the final seconds.

Some of the exposition in Draft Day is a bit cringe-worthy to a football fan, as various exchanges between team execs are clearly conversations that would’ve taken place weeks before the actual draft, but this is a movie for non-football fans as well. There’s also some inconsistent characterizations and other fumbles, but they can be forgiven because the rest of Draft Day isn’t just entertaining for sports and movie fans alike: it’s simply thrilling and fun.

Four out of five stars.

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Exclusive: The Secrets of “Mad Men,” 10 Years in the Making

Heidi Gutman/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Set in the glamorous, tumultuous backdrop of 1960s America, the AMC show Mad Men has captivated this decade of American viewers with the sinful, striving secrets of its principle characters.

But the secrets go beyond just what’s scripted, and in an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the cast and creator of Mad Men opened the lid into their own box of surprises as the show embarks upon its final season, which begins Sunday.

The show’s protagonist is the glamorous ad man Don Draper, an embodiment of America in the ’60s, a decade determined to sell itself.

“It’s been one of the major themes of the show, like the outward image that’s projected, and then what’s behind it,” said Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the show.

Draper was raised in a house of shame — surrounded by prostitutes and suffering. To escape, he reinvents a new identity and a new life as an ad man at the Sterling Cooper and Partners agency. The show follows Draper’s journey through doubt, lies, alcohol and careless infidelity.

“He’s damaged,” Hamm said. “He’s damaged goods, in many ways, and he’s doing the best he can.”

The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, confessed to Sawyer that where others may see a man to scorn, he loves Don.

“I don’t judge. That’s been the secret of the whole show,” Weiner said. “I judge people in real life all the time, but I don’t judge these characters. They’re all trying really, really hard to be good people.”

It was more than 10 years ago that the show sprang from Weiner’s mind. He gave birth to the idea for Mad Men while still a writer on the HBO hit The Sopranos. At first, no one wanted to touch it.

“For me, I wanted to write about why I was 35 years old and had so many good things in my life and was kind of unhappy still,” Weiner told Sawyer. “And I wanted to sort of address that idea of…people who have a lot, saying, ‘Why do I feel this way?’”

Even though the show is called Mad Men, its heart, soul and sizzle comes from the women, who disclosed to Sawyer what they felt were the secret desires of their characters.

Christina Hendricks, who plays the sultry and tenacious office manager Joan, was originally planned to be a one-time bit character, but took on a role that has become central to the 1960s workplace. In today’s America, she would be running the company, but for Joan, she feels forced to make the tortured decision to sleep with a client in order to get her shot at becoming partner.

“Our audience probably mentions Joan’s strengths most of the time,” Hendricks said. “But I really enjoy playing her vulnerability, as well. I think that doesn’t get noticed…She gets hurt, and she goes home and deals with it.”

Draper’s beautiful first wife, Betty, played by January Jones, is seen on-screen striving for perfection, but is imprisoned by the time.

“She’s hopeful and not just a terrible mom. She’s trying to be a good wife. She’s trying to be a good mom. She’s trying to just be happy and she doesn’t succeed all the time,” Jones said.

And then there’s Peggy, pulled from the secretarial pool to become a copywriter and achieve unheard-of success in advertising. Peggy seems to embody the type of career woman who battled against sexist thinking to achieve her goals, but Elisabeth Moss revealed that there is another side to her character that may come out more in the final season.

“She believes in love and I think she’s optimistic about it,” said Moss. “She’s, I think, a huge romantic and she wants to have that. I think she’s lonely and doesn’t want to be alone for the rest of her life, like all of us.”

Among the secret tricks that were divulged to Sawyer at the interview, actor Vincent Kartheiser shaves back his hairline to better plays the anxious and ambitious Peter Campbell. His stubble revealed a thicker line of hair that the jealous character Pete would have coveted. But for all of Pete’s shortcoming, Kartheiser sees something noble in him.

“I hope [the audience] notice his loyalty and sometimes his bravery,” Kartheiser said. “He makes, kind of, terrible decisions sometimes but sometimes they’re the decisions that have to be made and he just steps up and says, ‘I’ll be the face of this kind of ugly truth.’”

And there is John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling, the silver fox of the ad agency.

“I don’t want the audience to expect that as soon as Roger walks in, he’s gonna say something funny, smoke a cigarette, have a drink and leave,” Slattery said. “There’s a generosity and a loyalty.”

As the cast reflected on their decade of work, they said they’ve grown together as a kind of family. So close, in fact, that Hamm and Weiner actually appeared at the interview wearing the same red and navy striped socks.

“Hosiery is very important to the men in the show,” Hamm said with a laugh.

“I want to know what he’s thinking, so I’m like, what socks are you wearing today?” Weiner said.

But now as AMC’s award-winning show is ready to end, there is a secret that not even the actors know.

“We’ve never really known more than one episode ahead, a couple of days before we do it,” Moss said.

And though Weiner is still writing the last few episodes, he told Sawyer, that he already has the last sentence in his head. But for that, we’ll have to wait and watch.

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman on CBS “Late Show”

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Stephen Colbert will succeed the retiring David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Show, the network announced Thursday.

Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s award-winning The Colbert Report, has signed a five-year deal to host the Late Show once Letterman retires in 2015. Where the show will originate — New York or Los Angeles — will be announced at a later date.

In a statement, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves said, “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Colbert added in his own statement, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

He continued, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Hits NY Thursday

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday night, and for the first time it will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The list of inductees this year is an eclectic one — with KISS, ex-Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, influential grunge rockers Nirvana, pop-rock duo Hall and Oates, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens and versatile vocalist Linda Ronstadt all being honored in the performer category.

In addition, Bruce Springsteen’s backing group The E Street Band will be inducted in conjunction with receiving the Award for Music Excellence, while late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will earn Ahmet Ertegun Awards, presented to non-performers.

As usual, a variety of other famous music stars also will take part in the ceremony as presenters and performers. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will induct KISS, Coldplay’s Christopher Martin will induct Gabriel, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe will do the honors for Nirvana, Roots band leader Questlove will induct Hall and Oates and Ronstadt will be inducted by The Eagles’ Glenn Frey.

Springsteen himself will be on hand to pay tribute to The E Street Band, while the person selected to induct Stevens — who now performs under the name Yusuf — hasn’t been announced yet.

As for the performances, honorees Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Yusuf and The E Street Band are all slated to take the Barclays Center stage to play a few tunes. In addition, surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are expected to rock out with one or more as-yet-unconfirmed guest artists; word has it Joan Jett may be joining them.

Ronstadt, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease, has decided to skip the ceremony, but fellow female singers Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow all will take part in a musical tribute to her.

Then there’s the matter of KISS. The band’s leaders, founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, announced that the group wouldn’t be performing, partly over disagreements with the two other original members, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Stanley and Simmons also have been very critical of the Rock Hall because they feel that the band’s other current members and some of its alumni also should have been inducted.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m. ET. The event is open to the public and tickets were still available at Ticketmaster.com as of Wednesday night. A special featuring highlights from the show is scheduled to premiere on HBO on May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Former “Dancing with the Stars” Co-Host to Have Double Mastectomy

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Former Dancing with the Stars co-host and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Samantha Harris has revealed she’ll have a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Harris, 40, said she made the decision after seeing three specialists.

“My daughters are three and six, you know. All they’re concerned about is to have mommy active, be able to hold them, hug them, kiss them,” Harris said in an interview with ET. “I want to still do and from what the doctors say, I will still be able to do, but no matter how positive of a diagnosis as I have, it doesn’t keep the demons of fear from taking over your mind and your thought process.”

Harris said she chose a double mastectomy “to take control” and make the choice right for her and her family. She said after making the tough choice, she now feels “so much calmer.”

Noting that she lost her father when he was 50, Harris said, “My dad wasn’t able to walk me down the aisle. I will be here to plan my daughter’s weddings and they better like the dress I pick!”

Harris co-hosted DWTS from 2006 to 2010, before Brooke Burke-Charvet replaced her. Her other hosting duties have included The Next Joe Millionaire and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

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Jill Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” Is Engaged

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Jill Duggar, star of her family’s show 19 Kids & Counting, is engaged to Derick Dillard, ABC News has confirmed.

The 22-year-old midwife student revealed just a few weeks ago that she was being courted by the 25-year-old accountant after he reached out to her dad, Jim Bob, while he was doing missionary work in Nepal. Jill is one of Jim Bob and wife Michelle’s 20 kids.

The Tontitown, Arkansas, family has starred in TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting for eight seasons. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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