Review Category : Entertainment

Everything you need to know about “Thor: Ragnarok”

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — If you exclude the post-credit scenes of Doctor Strange, we haven’t seen Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time.

Thor: Ragnarok, out November 3, reunites Chris Hemsworth’s hero with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Some details of the plot now have been revealed, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

We last saw Loki impersonating his adoptive father Odin. Now we learn that he might be to blame for the reappearance of Cate Blanchett’s Hela, the main villain in this film.

After seemingly losing a confrontation with her, Thor finds himself in Sakaar, a planet ruled by Grandmaster, played by none other than Jeff Goldblum. There, Thor is forced to become “a gladiator.”

While fighting for the Grandmaster, Thor runs into the Hulk, a.k.a. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Mark Ruffalo. “He’s much more of a character than the green rage machine you’ve seen in the Avengers movies,” Ruffalo tells EW. “He’s got a swagger. He’s like a god.”

Other stars like Doctor Strange, Idris Elba’s Heimdall, Karl Urban’s Skurge and more will make cameos. This film will set up the biggie: Avengers: Infinity War, set to hit theaters in 2018.

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“Bachelor in Paradise” stars Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert expecting first child

Photo: Jade Tolbert Twitter/@jadelizroper(LOS ANGELES) — Jade Roper and husband Tanner Tolbert are expecting a baby. The couple, who met on season two of Bachelor in Paradise and became engaged on the season finale, announced her pregnancy on social media Wednesday.

“We’re crazy grateful to finally announce a little secret we’ve been keeping!” Jade said in a tweet . “We’re absolutely head over heels in love already!”

Tolbert also posted to Twitter a collage of pregnancy announcement photos, cleverly set to Justin Beiber’s hit “Baby.”

Roper and Tolbert married in a televised ceremony that aired on Valentine’s Day 2016.

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Scandal Recap: “They All Bow Down”

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday night’s Scandal episode, “They All Bow Down,” Mellie Grant and Jake Ballard are seen in a flashback on a stage accepting the Republican presidential & vice presidential nominations.

As the flashback continues, Jake reveals to his wife Vanessa that he is at odds with campaign manager Olivia Pope because he feels like her puppet. Vanessa tries to console him, explaining that it will all be worth it because once he’s vice president – he’ll have the chance to be president and have all the “power.”

In present day, Jake and his wife are now at odds, but are scheduled to go on a conservative talk show. Unfortunately, Vanessa is missing. Quinn, who tells Liv she doesn’t believe Cyrus killed Frankie Vargas, later finds out Jake’s wife purposely got into a car accident.

When Jake learns that his wife’s drinking problem got her into a car accident, he tells Olivia that Vanessa’s messy behavior is now her problem to fix.

In a flashback, Jake tells Olivia he’s done with caring about her, but Olivia convinces him that he shouldn’t quit on them. Vanessa later confronts Jake about his renewed closeness to Liv and says she’ feels rejected by him. He refuses to answer her or come clean about his and Olivia’s past relationship, which leads Vanessa to start drinking excessively.

Back at Olivia’s office, Vanessa, now sober, accuses Liv of sleeping with Jake and being a political “mistress.” Vanessa goes too far with the insults and Liv threatens to “lay her out” until Huck intervenes. Vanessa says that Jake has been having an affair with someone because he was texting with the alleged woman on the night that Vargas died.

In a flashback, Jake turns up missing after Frankie dies and he is later seen meeting with Eli Pope who tells him to play his part so he can still be vice president.

After trying to get close to Jake and being rejected, Vanessa breaks down. Jake, attempts to comfort her, but says he cannot answer her questions.

Meanwhile, back at Olivia’s office the gladiators try to figure out where Jake was after Frankie died. In a flashback, Jake is seen killing Jennifer and then blowing up her cabin.

As Olivia’s team investigates Jake, Liv enlists Mellie to give Vanessa a much needed pep talk to get her back on board for the campaign interview. During the interview, the gladiators find there is no real evidence to connect Jake to Frankie’s murder.

As Liv hears the news that Jake did not leave any evidence behind, Jake tells Liv he knows what she’s up to and gives her a wire transfer notice that says she transferred money to Tom — making it look like she set up the hit on Frankie Vargas.

Olivia confronts Eli — who looks worried by the news.

Soon after Liv departs, Eli meets with an unidentified woman. The woman tells Eli that the wire transfer was her “insurance” to keep Olivia in line. The woman also puts Eli on notice explaining that he and his daughter could both be found unnecessary.

In the final minutes, Jake meets Liv at a parking garage and takes her to a remote location in the woods. On the way there, he throws out her phone. Jake then says he has a confession and admits he was hired to kill Jennifer by Eli. But when they get to a cabin, Jake shows Liv that Jennifer’s alive — and that he never planned on following Eli’s orders.

Scandal returns next Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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“Kong: Skull Island” and “Personal Shopper” among this week’s new movie releases

Warner Bros.,Legendary Pictures/Chuck Zlotnick(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Kong: Skull Island — John Goodman stars in this adventure film about an expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific, which uncovers an array of prehistoric monsters, including King Kong. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and John C. Riley. Rated PG-13.

* Personal Shopper — Kristen Stewart plays a young woman in Paris hired as a personal shopper for a celebrity in this drama. Possessed with the ability to communicate with ghosts, she tries to contact her recently deceased twin brother, but begins hearing messages from an unknown source as well. Rated R.

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Watch: Marlon Wayans relives the same nightmare in “Naked”

Getty Images/Tommaso Boddi(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix has released the the first official trailer for the new Marlon Wayans comedy, Naked.

In the one-minute clip, Wayans is seen stuck in time as he repeatedly wakes up naked in an elevator. According to streaming service, Wayans plays groom-to-be Rob Anderson, a happy-go-lucky man who is set to marry Megan, the woman of his dreams, played by Regina Hall. After a night out on the town with his best man, Rob finds himself naked in an elevator, and is forced to repeat the same day over and over.

The film, set to be released this summer, is a remake of the 2000 Swedish comedy Naken, but also borrows heavily from the 1993 classic Bill Murray film, Groundhog Day.

Naked will be available globally on August 11.

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‘Game of Thrones’ to return July 16

L-R: Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke; image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — The wait is over — winter is (almost) here!

Game of Thrones announced Thursday via Facebook live that it will return for season 7 on July 16. During the announcement, fans were invited to literally help the show melt a virtual block of ice by typing “fire” into the comments field to reveal the date.

There were more than 100,000 fans on the stream right after it began. A highlight reel of audio clips followed the date reveal, with show stars like Isaac Hempstead Wright appearing on the stream and asking fans to keep typing in “fire” to melt the block. It was a reference to the title of the five books that Game of Thrones is based on: collectively, they’re known as A Song of Ice and Fire.

If you recall, we left off at the end of season six with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys crossing the sea to conquer the Iron Throne, and Lena Headey’s Cersei pulling off one of the most sinister revenge plots in history, blowing up most of King’s Landing and reclaiming the throne for herself.

We were also told that winter isn’t coming any longer….it had finally arrived. For fans, it can’t come soon enough.

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First Look: “Jurassic World 2”

Twitter/JA Bayona(LONDON) — The sequel to the billion dollar-grossing Jurassic World is underway in the U.K., and director J.A. Bayona has teased fans with a single image from the movie, the fifth adventure based on the late Michael Crichton’s dinosaur amusement park novel.

The photo shows a museum-style display of massive dinosaur skeletons, and a small girl, shot from behind, peering in wonder at them. “So excited to show you this!!” the director captioned the snap.

The movie, which again stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, was co-written and co-produced by Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World. He left the sequel so that he could call the shots on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Jurassic World 2 is slated for a June 22, 2018 release.

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“Hamilton” stars donated salaries to Dress for Success on International Women’s Day

PBS(NEW YORK) — The cast and producers of Hamilton surprised those in attendance last night in New York City by adding an insert into the regular Broadway program.

“Ladies and Gentlemen thank you for coming to the show,” it read. “We would like to remind everyone that March is National Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day.”

The note continued that “a group of us at Hamilton have chosen to donate our salaries from tonight’s performance to Dress for Success, an international charity that supports women entering the work force. We thank all the women in this building for being here today and celebrating with us.”

The cast also dedicated its performance to the charity and women everywhere.

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“The Catch” leads Mireille Enos and Peter Krause tease what’s on tap for season 2

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — The ABC drama The Catch returns for its second season on Thursday, along with some new faces which will spell new headaches for series stars Mireille Enos and Peter Krause.

Enos, who plays private investigator Alice Vaughan, tells ABC Radio that the show from producer Shonda Rhimes, will get a visit from a Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight, “who comes in as Alice’s brother, and he is a mess and so Alice has to clean up behind him, and you see a different aspect of her.”

Suits star Gina Torres also appears in the show’s sophomore season, but Krause, who plays Enos’ con artist ex-fiancé Benjamin Jones, says, “We can’t tell you in what capacity.”

So, what’s on tap for season two? Ben, who went to prison for Alice at the end of the last season, gets sprung, but things aren’t going as well for Alice. “My company is in shambles,” explains Enos, “and so I’m taking clients that I wouldn’t necessarily have taken before.”

The Catch airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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“Godfather” stars to celebrate movie’s 45th anniversary at Tribeca Film Festival

Getty Images/Universal History Archive (NEW YORK) — Surviving Godfather cast members will reunite for a special event at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro, who starred in The Godfather Part II, will join director Francis Ford Coppola for a panel discussion following a special back-to-back screening of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

The Godfather celebration will close the festival on Saturday April 29.

The festival has a number of other special events planned, too. It will open April 19 with a previously announced screening of the documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, to be followed by a concert featuring Aretha Franklin; Jennifer Hudson; Earth, Wind & Fire; and other artists who worked with Davis.

The festival also plans a sing-along screening of Aladdin in honor of that movie’s 25th anniversary. The festival also will celebrate the 25th anniversary of a very different sort of movie — Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs — with a screening and panel featuring Tarantino and members of the movie’s cast.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 19 to April 30 at various venues around New York City.

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