Review Category : Entertainment

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Holds Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy maintained its number one spot at the box office this week, bringing in a weekend profit of more than $10 million.

The superhero film, which totaled nearly $300 million since its debut, stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and drama If I Stay rounded out the top three slots, bringing in $6.5 million and $5.75 million this weekend.

Director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops jumped from fifth on the list to number four this week, with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. playing dress-up as law enforcement.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: $10.16 million
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $6.5 million
3. If I Stay: $5.75 million
4. Let’s Be Cops: $5.4 million
5. The November Man: $4.2 million
6. As Above/So Below: $3.723 million
7. When the Game Stands Tall: $3.7 million
8. The Giver: $3.591 million
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $3.2 million
10. Lucy: $1.95 million

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Joan Rivers’ Memorial Service: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin and Others Send Icon Off in Style

Brian Bowen Smith/E!(NEW YORK) — Comedians, celebrities and loved ones paid their last respects to Joan Rivers on Sunday.

The comedy icon’s memorial service took place at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in her hometown New York.

The funeral was a who’s who of the comedy and celebrity world, with the likes of close friends Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Howard Stern and Rosie O’Donnell showing up to pay homage to their late friend and legend, who died Thursday.

Other A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Sawyer, Geraldo Rivera, Donald Trump, and her Fashion Police co-stars Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne were also in attendance. The guest list reflected how many people Rivers touch in her more than 50 years in comedy.

As early as an hour before the 11 a.m. service, two dozen or more attendees began to line up at the temple. Across the street, more than 75 fans were waiting outside.

The service was private and there was no red carpet, but in typical Joan Rivers fashion the service was a grand celebration of her life and legacy.

ABC News learned earlier in the weekend that Oscar nominee and Rivers fan Hugh Jackman sang the late comedian’s favorite song from “A Boy From Oz” — “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on the Stage” — at the service.

In addition, Howard Stern gave a touching speech about his “best friend,” and Audra McDonald also performed, moving guests to tears, according to People magazine.

After the service ended, bagpipes began playing “New York, New York” as a way to cap off the one-of-a-kind tribute.

Close family friend Deborah Norville told ABC News last week that Rivers’ daughter Melissa had been instrumental in planning the beautiful service.

“Melissa’s unbelievable. But I’m not at all surprised because she’s so much like her mother,” she said. “She is doing a spectacular job planning her mom’s funeral, making sure that the people she loved have a role to play, making sure that everybody that Joan would want there is notified and has ample time to get there.”

Rivers died a few days ago “peacefully,” surrounded by friends and family at the age of 81, Melissa Rivers said on Thursday.

The comedic legend had been at Mount Sinai Hospital sedated for a week after she went into cardiac arrest following a procedure at a local New York clinic. Rivers was undergoing what close friend Deborah Norville described as “a diagnostic procedure … [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”

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Joan Rivers’ Memorial Service Held at Temple Emanu-El In New York City

Brian Bowen Smith/E!(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers will be memorialized in her hometown of New York City on Sunday.

A private memorial service for Rivers, 81, will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

“It is a terribly sad day for all of us,” Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson told ABC News in a statement. “We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”

Rivers died “peacefully” surrounded by friends and family, her daughter Melissa Rivers said Thursday.

ABC News learned earlier this weekend that Oscar nominee and huge Rivers fan, Hugh Jackman, would be singing the late comedian’s favorite song from “A Boy From Oz” – “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady On the Stage” – at the service.

The comedic legend had been at Mount Sinai Hospital sedated for a week after she went into cardiac arrest following a procedure at a local New York clinic. Rivers was undergoing what close friend Deborah Norville described as “a diagnostic procedure … [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”

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GRL Singer Simone Battle Dies at 25

Nino Munoz / FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Pop singer and former X-Factor contestant Simone Battle, a member of G.R.L., has died, her representatives told ABC News. She was 25.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.,” Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records said in a statement. “Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”

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GRL Singer Simone Battle Dies at 25

Nino Munoz / FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Pop singer and former X-Factor contestant Simone Battle, a member of G.R.L., has died, her representatives told ABC News. She was 25.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.,” Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records said in a statement. “Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”

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Amanda Fuller on the Brittany Murphy Biopic: ‘The Intent Was Only to Honor Brittany’s Memory’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Fuller grew up watching Brittany Murphy so much so that her and friends would throw Clueless parties. Now, Fuller is stepping into the late actress’s shoes for The Brittany Murphy Story, set to air Saturday night on Lifetime at 8 p.m. EST.

“It’s very surreal to be in this position,” she told ABC News. “Beyond [Clueless] like Girl Interrupted, and all the films she was a part of, I feel like molded me as an actor. Maybe there was a reason why it all came together this way.”

“I knew her more from her blockbuster career, then came to realize [through her Indie movies and other smaller roles] she’s an incredible talent that was totally under utilized,” Fuller said, comparing the late star to the likes of Marilyn Monroe.

Murphy had her big break in the 1995 classic hit featuring Alicia Silverstone, but went on to forge a career all her own, starring in other movies like Just Married and Sin City. She married Simon Monjack in 2007 and mysterious died in 2009 at the age of just 32 after going into cardiac arrest. She had been suffering from pneumonia at the time of her death.

Years, later Angelo Bertolotti, Murphy’s father, claimed she was poisoned.

“I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here,” he told Good Morning America last year.

Fuller, 30, is more inclined to agree that pneumonia and related anemia caused her death.

“I truly believe that what we know to be true from the coroner’s report is what is true,” she said. “I don’t play into any of the controversy stuff, murder and all that.”

The movie will show how Murphy changed quite a bit physically over her career — losing weight and going blonde. Fuller said that is something she can relate to a bit.

“I think most actors go through that,” Fuller admitted, saying there have been people who focused on her weight and other physical attributes. Despite that, Fuller has risen to the ranks of TV elite, starring alongside Tim Allen in Last Man Standing.

“She had the need to and desire to be great and for people to love her,” Fuller said of Murphy. For example, “she was obsessed with high heels, because she was so small.”

“I think what was so ironic was people fell in love with her in the beginning as her authentic self,” she added. “A crazy girl from Jersey with that quirky spirit and she never lost that spark.”

As for looking like Murphy, Fuller is not blind and fully aware the two aren’t twins.

“The movie is more about trying to capture her essence that she had and shed light to that struggle she had as she went further into the business,” she said. “The producers told me ‘This is not a look-alike piece.’ Hopefully once people get into the story, they forget that I don’t look exactly like Brittany, but follow the journey of the relationships.”

Fuller said she learned a lot about Murphy she didn’t know while filming this movie.

“I didn’t know her mom battled cancer and both those times, Brittany basically dropped her career to be there for her mom,” she said, adding that during those times, Murphy got hounded by the media for various reasons like alleged drug abuse that Fuller believes is not true.

One person who does not agree with the story line of this movie is her father, Bertolotti.

“I am disgusted and outraged,” Bertolotti told Examiner of the project. He said the story is “completely untrue.”

Fuller said Bertolotti has gone as far as to tweet directly at the actress portraying his daughter.

According to his tweets, Bertolotti claims he’s upset that the biopic refers to his daughter as a “chunky monkey,” among other gripes.

Sharon, Brittany’s mother, has not been involved, but Fuller said, “I think if she were to see the film, she would see the intent was only to honor Brittany’s memory and bring her beautiful spirit to life.”

Fans of the late actress have also spoken out about the project on social media and Fuller is unfazed and proud to be a part of the film.

“It comes with the territory,” she said. “Everyone’s going to have their opinions.”

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Art Exhibit Plans to Showcase Celebs’ Hacked Photos

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida gallery says it’s going to showcase the hacked photos of starlets — including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — as part of an art exhibit about privacy in the age of the Internet.

The leaked images will be printed on huge canvases and added to Los Angeles artist XVALA’s ongoing “Fear Google” project, Cory Allen Contemporary Art said on its website. The St. Petersburg, Florida, showroom will put the images on display on Oct. 30, as part of XVALA’s “No Delete” show.

“The artist and myself were both really inspired and encouraged by the way people are reacting to this — both positive and negative,” founder Cory Allen told ABC News. “It’s inspiring to see that people are angry, and that they care about privacy in an age where everyone gives away their information.”

The point of the project is “to show how technology is consuming us,” Allen added.

The latest installment is part of a seven-year art project about privacy, he said. It also includes paparazzi photos of celebrities.

The timing of the celeb photo hack was a coincidence, he said.

Allen said he and the artist aren’t too worried about police interference, and won’t show any photos they believe were taken of the celebrities when they were underage. As for any potential legal hurdles, he said “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

And they will probably have to, according to attorney Brad Shear, who specializes in digital issues.

“Their fair use claim would be very weak, because at the end of the day these are just stolen images,” Shear told ABC News.

The artist and gallery owner could potentially be violating privacy laws, revenge porn laws and copyright laws by using the images, he said.

Allen stressed that the gallery doesn’t condone hacking, but the goal of the exhibit is to continue the social conversation about privacy.

Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence vowed to go after hackers after the leaked images surfaced.

“This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton’s, privacy,” attorney Lawrence shire said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”

Liz Mahoney, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence, has said the actress will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”

Mahoney and Shire did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment on this specific matter.

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Joan Rivers: What We Know So Far About Yorkville Endoscopy and Rivers’ Death

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — When Joan Rivers died Thursday after spending a week in the hospital following a cardiac arrest, attention turned to what procedure she was having done at a local New York City clinic and what the circumstances were surrounding her death.

The New York State Health Department told ABC News that it has opened a “full investigation” into Yorkville Endoscopy Center. As of now, there is no suspicion of wrongdoing and the investigation is routine, a source briefed on the case told ABC News.

Here’s the information that ABC News has gathered after talking to a variety of sources close to the comedian:

  • Rivers was undergoing what close friend Deborah Norville described as “a diagnostic procedure … [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”
  • The call to 911 from Yorkville Endoscopy came at 9:39 a.m. By 9:46 a.m., paramedics and other first responders were on scene. Rivers arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital at 10:08 a.m. She was already on life support and her condition at the time we are told was near death.
  • Norville added that Rivers had been in a “medically induced coma” for the past week.
  • According to a source briefed on the case: Rivers was under general anesthesia when she went into cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side.
  • According to a Yorkville Endoscopy spokesperson, the clinic “as a federally and state licensed facility, has the same level of life-saving and resuscitation devices (such as state-of-the-art cardiac defibrillators, airway management equipment, etc.) found in any hospital emergency room or hospital-based operating room.”
  • The Yorkville spokesperson adds, “Yorkville Endoscopy has performed 18,000 procedures since it opened in February 2013. Yorkville Endoscopy has maintained an exceptional safety record that far exceeds the national average.”
  • The New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said the autopsy is complete but will not release results, pending the outcome of further testing.

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Joan Rivers: What We Know So Far About Yorkville Endoscopy and Rivers’ Death

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — When Joan Rivers died Thursday after spending a week in the hospital following a cardiac arrest, attention turned to what procedure she was having done at a local New York City clinic and what the circumstances were surrounding her death.

The New York State Health Department told ABC News that it has opened a “full investigation” into Yorkville Endoscopy Center. As of now, there is no suspicion of wrongdoing and the investigation is routine, a source briefed on the case told ABC News.

Here’s the information that ABC News has gathered after talking to a variety of sources close to the comedian:

  • Rivers was undergoing what close friend Deborah Norville described as “a diagnostic procedure … [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”
  • The call to 911 from Yorkville Endoscopy came at 9:39 a.m. By 9:46 a.m., paramedics and other first responders were on scene. Rivers arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital at 10:08 a.m. She was already on life support and her condition at the time we are told was near death.
  • Norville added that Rivers had been in a “medically induced coma” for the past week.
  • According to a source briefed on the case: Rivers was under general anesthesia when she went into cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side.
  • According to a Yorkville Endoscopy spokesperson, the clinic “as a federally and state licensed facility, has the same level of life-saving and resuscitation devices (such as state-of-the-art cardiac defibrillators, airway management equipment, etc.) found in any hospital emergency room or hospital-based operating room.”
  • The Yorkville spokesperson adds, “Yorkville Endoscopy has performed 18,000 procedures since it opened in February 2013. Yorkville Endoscopy has maintained an exceptional safety record that far exceeds the national average.”
  • The New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said the autopsy is complete but will not release results, pending the outcome of further testing.

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Art Exhibit Plans to Showcase Celebs’ Hacked Photos

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida gallery says it’s going to showcase the hacked photos of starlets — including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — as part of an art exhibit about privacy in the age of the Internet.

The leaked images will be printed on huge canvases and added to Los Angeles artist XVALA’s ongoing “Fear Google” project, Cory Allen Contemporary Art said on its website. The St. Petersburg, Florida, showroom will put the images on display on Oct. 30, as part of XVALA’s “No Delete” show.

“The artist and myself were both really inspired and encouraged by the way people are reacting to this — both positive and negative,” founder Cory Allen told ABC News. “It’s inspiring to see that people are angry, and that they care about privacy in an age where everyone gives away their information.”

The point of the project is “to show how technology is consuming us,” Allen added.

The latest installment is part of a seven-year art project about privacy, he said. It also includes paparazzi photos of celebrities.

The timing of the celeb photo hack was a coincidence, he said.

Allen said he and the artist aren’t too worried about police interference, and won’t show any photos they believe were taken of the celebrities when they were underage. As for any potential legal hurdles, he said “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

And they will probably have to, according to attorney Brad Shear, who specializes in digital issues.

“Their fair use claim would be very weak, because at the end of the day these are just stolen images,” Shear told ABC News.

The artist and gallery owner could potentially be violating privacy laws, revenge porn laws and copyright laws by using the images, he said.

Allen stressed that the gallery doesn’t condone hacking, but the goal of the exhibit is to continue the social conversation about privacy.

Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence vowed to go after hackers after the leaked images surfaced.

“This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton’s, privacy,” attorney Lawrence shire said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”

Liz Mahoney, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence, has said the actress will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”

Mahoney and Shire did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment on this specific matter.

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