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Mussed but Verified: Donald Trump Lets Jimmy Fallon Mess Up His Hair

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump has a thing about his hair. The Republican presidential nominee once discussed the intricate process he uses to style it with Playboy magazine, including allowing it to air-dry for an hour before he styles and sprays it. His famous coif has been the butt of endless jokes and he even let a friendly supporter in South Carolina touch it back in August 2015.

“I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair. I swear!” he said that day.

But on Thursday, he did the unthinkable and let someone mess up that hair he calls “beautiful.” During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon asked if they could do something un-presidential.

“I’m not liking the sound of this,” Trump starts. “Can I mess up your hair?” Fallon asks. He receives, in response, a grimace. But Trump was game. “The answer is yes,” he says.

“But the people in New Hampshire where I’m going to be in about an hour from now, I hope they’re going to understand,” he says.

And so Fallon does, to cheers, leaving Trump’s hair a staticy mess.

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The Emmy Awards Will Be Presented This Sunday Night

ABC – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — The 68th Emmy Awards will be presented live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday night. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ABC broadcast, which will air live from coast to coast, beginning with a red carpet special at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT.

HBO’s hit fantasy series, Game of Thrones, garnered a leading 23 nods when the nominations were announced in July. It won nine awards last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, which mostly recognizes technical achievements.

Game of Thrones, which snapped up a record 12 Emmy Awards last year, is the reigning best drama winner. It’s back in the category this year, and will compete against Showtime’s Homeland, USA Network’s Mr. Robot, FX’s The Americans, Netflix’s House of Cards, AMC’s Better Call Saul and PBS’ Downton Abbey.

Peter Travers, host of ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers, would like to see a new winner. His personal pick:The Americans.

The leading nominee among comedy series is HBO’s Veep, which was named best comedy last year. On Sunday, it’s up against ABC’s Modern Family and black-ish, Netflix’s Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Amazon’s Transparent, and HBO’s Silicon Valley in that category.

Travers thinks black-ish could pull off the win here.

Presenters during the telecast will include Tom Hiddleston, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Michelle Dockery, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Aziz Ansari, James Corden, Larry David, Chris Rock and more.

In addition, Henry Winkler will introduce the In Memoriam segment with a remembrance of Garry Marshall, who created his hit sitcom Happy Days. Tori Kelly will perform during the segment.

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
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Limited Series
American Crime
Fargo
Roots
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

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: American Crime Story
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
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 Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Review: “Snowden” (R)

Jürgen Olczyk / Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Oliver Stone is, unquestionably, one of our greatest auteurs. That doesn’t, however, mean all of his films are great. His latest offering, Snowden, is exhibit A.

Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure who was once one of the most wanted men in the world. His crime? Well, y’know, treason. Of course, there are many who believe that his revelation that our own government was spying on us in the same way it was spying on enemy and allied governments was a patriotic thing to do. But Snowden — now living in Russia because he would be arrested if he came back home — is also a compelling figure. In fact, Snowden in real life is so compelling, not to mention articulate, that he may just be this film’s Achilles heel.

Stone’s two best decisions regarding this film were casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay. Their performances are flawless. JG-L becomes Snowden and Woodley, as always, is a commanding and empathetic figure every time she enters the frame.

Stone and co-writer Kieran Fitzgerald introduce us to Snowden in a hotel where he’s about to hand over all of his shocking revelations to journalists Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto). Snowden’s story then unfolds by cutting back and forth from his time with Greenwald, Poitras and, later, journalist Ewan MacAskill (Jim Broadent), to the evolution of his career, starting with his attempt to become a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier.

We flash back to the moment when Snowden’s body is simply unable to handle the physical demands of soldiering. He’s discharged, but as the doctor tells him, there are other ways he can serve his country. Snowden, a high school dropout, also happens to be a computer hacking genius. And as his future instructor and CIA boss, Corbin O’Brian (Rhys Ifans) points out, in normal times Snowden probably wouldn’t qualify for the CIA, but these are not normal times: the CIA needs Snowden’s skills.

As Snowden ascends in the CIA and NSA, his exposure to the government’s spying methods increases, and he becomes conflicted. In the meantime, the pressure he’s under chips away at both his relationship with Lindsay and his health.

But here’s why Stone’s movie ultimately doesn’t work. Spoiler alert!!!

In the final scene, JG-L is replaced by the real Snowden, who’s so earnest and real, it immediately makes you question why Stone didn’t just stick to the facts and come up with a less embellished story that’s more rooted in reality. And while casting JG-L and Woodley was genius, Ifans, a terrific actor, is cartoonishly arch as O’Brian, while Nicholas Cage as CIA instructor Hank Forrestor, is a distraction. Furthermore, Quinto, also a fantastic actor, simply doesn’t ring true as Greenwald.

Snowden is a blatantly didactic exercise, but Stone’s efforts to educate his audience are undermined by a boring and perplexing narrative. In addition, the pacing seems more appropriate for an old-school espionage drama featuring rotary telephones and courier pigeons, than one about high-tech internet hacking and drone strikes.

Two out of five stars.

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At 56, “Kingsman” Star Colin Firth Says He’s a “Geri-action Hero”

Che Rosales/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At 56 years old as of last week, Colin Firth knows he’s an “improbable” choice to be an action movie star — but thanks to the blockbuster success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the Oscar winner can add that qualification to his resume.

The slick spy film featured Firth as a gentlemanly — but tough as nails — secret agent. One of the film’s action setpieces was a madcap, bloody fight scene in a small church, pitting Firth’s character against an entire congregation of brainwashed believers.

“You were a bada** in that movie!” Kelly Ripa’s Live with Kelly guest co-star Neil Patrick Harris gushed.

“I mean I thought I established my action credentials when I fought Hugh Grant in the first [Bridget Jones] film,” Firth joked, “…with all the biting and scratching and all.”

“No, it’s an improbable time of life, you know, over the age of fifty, to start — you know, I have no athletic ability at all…Trying to achieve a squat was the first stage,” Firth stammered, to laughs. “Sixths months [of training] later, I found myself not wanting to do anything else. And so now I hope in the time I have remaining in my career, I have a future as a geriaction hero…”

Although his character [spoiler alert] dies in the film, reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. “Are you gonna be in the in the sequel? Is that possible?” Ripa asked. “It is possible,” Firth said coyly. “I’ve been reading the rumors.”

One person who certainly is in the follow-up is a music legend. “A friend of mine, Sir Elton John, is in the movie,” Harris name-dropped about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. “He’s very excited about the movie…And he loves you,” he said of Firth.

“And I’m saying nothing,” Firth smiled.

Firth did express he’s “never been invited” to play James Bond, something Ripa screamed — in a British accent — was “an outrage.”

“No this, [Kingsman] is my James Bond.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which also features returning star Taron Egerton as well as series newcomers Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum, opens June 16, 2017.

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“black-ish” Star Tracee Ellis Ross: “I Left My Body” After History Emmy Nomination

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Tracee Ellis Ross is making history as the first black woman in three decades to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

On Good Morning America today, Ross watched a clip of co-star Anthony Anderson’s freak-out moment last month when he read his own Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, as well as Ross’ nod and that of their show black-ish, nommed for outstanding comedy series.

“So I’m sitting at home watching and it was hilarious,” Ross said. “I screamed when Anthony, when he said his name, I was literally like a seal. And then, when he got to my category, I was like, ‘Are they going to go with the Ellis, or the Ross?’ And I was like, ‘Oh God, the E’s are done!'”

She added: “My name came up and I jumped up, ran around my dining room table, opened my front door, went in my courtyard and was running around. I was like, ‘What am I doing? I have nowhere to go! Call somebody!’ I left my body. I was so excited.”

Ross’ mother, legendary singer Diana Ross, congratulated her daughter on the Emmy nod.
“I woke her up,” Ross, 43, said of sharing the news with her mom.

When asked what she’s going to do next, Ross replied, “The Johnsons are going to Disney World,” referring to the show’s fictional family, which visits the Happiest Place on Earth in their upcoming season premiere.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Goes Native on “GMA” to Debut “Moana” Trailer

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(HAWAII) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made an appearance on Good Morning America from Maui to promote the world premiere of his upcoming animated Disney film Moana.

Wearing a tight white shirt, The Rock, who is on location filming Jumanji opposite Kevin Hart and Jack Black, first gave GMA a taste of his Polynesian roots by introducing two men who performed a death-defying fire-spinning routine.

Moments after walking off-screen, however, Johnson re-appeared, shirtless, greased up, and wearing a matching native outfit — a small sari-like loin covering, and grass-covered boots — to take part in a synchronized cultural dance.

Featuring songs co-written by Hamilton Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana features Disney’s first Polynesian princess, a strong-willed, titular navigator who undertakes a perilous journey and along the way meets a demi-god — incidentally named Maui — voiced by Johnson.

The film, from ABC’s parent company Disney, opens November 23, 2016.

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Ellen DeGeneres Takes Michelle Obama Shopping at CVS

(ABC/Randy Holmes)(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen DeGeneres helped Michelle Obama prepare for life after the White House by taking the soon-to-be former first lady on a shopping spree through a local CVS store.

During a segment of Wednesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show host gave Obama a crash course in navigating the pharmacy chain — whose initials stand for “Consumer Value Stores,” and not “cotton, Vaseline and stuff,” as Ellen suggests in the clip.

DeGeneres shows the FLOTUS the joys of one-stop shopping as the two fill their shopping cart — which Ellen reminds Obama she has to, “push herself, because nobody’s going to push it for you” — with things like Halloween candy, boxed wine, and magazines; and shows her how to use the Coinstar kiosk, ATM and the self-checkout.

The pair also interact with other shoppers and store personnel during the hilarious bit.

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The Suit Makes the Batman – “Justice League” Director Shows Dark Knight’s New Duds

Ben Affleck as Batman in “Batman v. Superman – Dawn of Justice” (Clay Enos – Warner Bros.)(LOS ANGELES) — Well, this is something new.

Justice League director Zack Snyder shared a clear picture today of Batman’s new tactical suit, set to debut in the 2017 film.

We’ve seen the classic suit and the power suit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, now this is a more streamlined suit that looks armored, but not bulky — and, keen eyed geeks quickly noted, triangular goggles reminiscent of Night Owl, a hero from Snyder’s 2009 superhero movie Watchmen.

“Homestretch. Last day filming Batman in the new Tactical Batsuit,” he posted.

This news comes after Joe Manganiello was revealed to be Deathstroke in upcoming films, though it’s not clear if he’ll be in Justice League.

Thanks to Snyder’s social media posts, we’ve seen already Aquaman in full suit for the superhero team-up movie.

Also, earlier this summer we got our first trailer of Justice League, featuring Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight uniting other heroes to fight a great foe.

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Jimmy Kimmel Helps Roll Out the Red Carpet for the Emmy Awards

ABC – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday helped roll out the red carpet for the upcoming Emmy Awards outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

It was billed by the Television Academy as the longest red carpet rollout in Emmy history — a fact that Kimmel, who will host this Sunday’s ceremony, joked about.

“I also want to mention that the reason we have the longest red carpet in history is because this will be the longest show in Emmy history,” the ABC late-night host said.

Kimmel also poked fun at one of the year’s most popular shows, the nominated FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

“Congratulations to O.J. on everything he’s accomplished this year,” he quipped.

You’ll see Kimmel make more cracks about the nominees when ABC airs the Emmy Awards live this Sunday night.

The Television Academy just announced more presenters for the broadcast, including Tom Hiddleston, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Michelle Dockery, Terrence Howard, and Rami Malek.

In addition, Henry Winkler will introduce the In Memoriam segment with a remembrance of Garry Marshall, who created his hit sitcom Happy Days. Tori Kelly will perform during the segment.

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Movie Review: “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (R)

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — In this third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise — a movie nobody necessarily asked for, especially since the last movie wasn’t particularly well received — Bridget is once again single. She’s now a seasoned news producer, and at 43, considerably older than he female co-workers. In fact, when one of her co-workers refers to her as a MILF, Bridget corrects her, stating that she’s really a “spinster,” making her a “SPILF.”

Of course, the truth is oft spoken in jest: Bridget is feeling a bit spinster-y so, her good friend Miranda (Sarah Solemani) takes her to a music festival with the goal of sleeping with the first guy she talks to. That turns out to be McDreamy himself: Patrick Dempsey, who plays an internet mogul named Jack. While they indeed do the deed, Bridget has no idea who Jack really is and Jack doesn’t know Bridget’s last name. She leaves in the morning before he ever gets a chance to say good-bye.

A week later, Bridget is at a christening and guess who’s also on the guest list? Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy, and he’s just as uptight and square as ever… Which means… They sleep together. Then guess what happens?

Bridget discovers she’s pregnant but doesn’t know who the daddy is!

Instead of telling Mark and Jack that each of them might be the father, she lets them both believe that they are actually the father. The scene in which she finally comes clean to both of them at the same time is a meticulous piece of comedy writing, acting and directing. It is one of many scenes that reminds us why Zellweger is an Oscar-winning actress.

Let’s not kid ourselves, though; as funny as this movie is, it’s equally as predictable. It’s also, on many levels, absurd. Absolutely nothing rings true regarding Bridget’s tenure as a news talk show producer, for example. I could give you an itemized list of other fantastical and contrived situations in the film that ask the viewer to go way beyond simple suspension of disbelief.

The fact is, Bridget Jones‘s Baby is best summed up in one scene: following the positive result of her pregnancy test, Bridget visits with a doctor (Emma Thompson), and tries to trick her into revealing her date of conception — without revealing that she slept with two different men a week apart. The comedic timing between the two veteran actresses is brilliant. Furthermore, when the doctor refers to Bridget, 43, as a “geriatric” mother, the look on Renee Zellweger’s face is priceless. The conversation and manner in which this news delivered is absurd, but so is everything else that happens in this movie. Still, we’ll go along with it because Zellweger and friends are charming and, well, human.

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

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