Review Category : Entertainment

Negan Sticking Around on “The Walking Dead”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on “The Walking Dead”; Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) — The Walking Dead won’t be back until the fall, but here’s some news to tide you over.

Four Walking Dead stars have been bumped to series regulars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio and Xander Berkeley, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Morgan was introduced as the villainous Negan in last season’s finale, a major character in the comics series on which the show is based. Payne plays Jesus, Amelio plays Dwight, and Berkeley plays Gregory.

The Walking Dead returns for a seventh season on AMC in October.

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Ten Years Later: “That ’70s Show” Secrets Revealed

Season One cast of “That 70s Show”; FOX via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s hard to believe the hit comedy series That ’70s Show stopped production 10 years ago, especially when you consider how many loyal fans the gang of high school students still has.

Wilmer Valderrama, who plays the beloved foreign exchange student Fez, sat down with ABC News and talked pre-shoot rituals, secrets of the set and what the cast is up to now.

Before filming every episode in front of the live audience, Valderrama said the cast would gather backstage. Like a team, they’d put their hands in the middle of the circle and decide on a word to represent the episode and break.

“The word from season one to season eight became more and more ridiculous,” Valderrama confessed, remembering when “dumba**” — a favorite word for cranky dad Red Forman, played by Kurtwood Smith — was the mantra of choice. “It was this stupid, stupid stuff but we would basically come up with all these crazy things and have this funny moment together,” said Valderrama.

Another little-known fact Valderrama revealed was his character’s real name, an unanswered mystery for the show’s audience. One of the show’s running gags was on those rare occasions when his character told someone his name, some unexpected noise always completely drowned it out.

But Valderrama decided himself that Fez’s real name was in fact the first name of each actor on the show – meaning that’s what he always recited when Fez said his name. “I said that is what Fez’s real name is, because that is what he is,” he explained. “He is a little bit of all the characters on That ’70s Show.”

So does the cast still keep in touch? Absolutely – in fact, Valderrama said they gather at least once a month for dinner at a co-star’s house.

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Russell Brand Confirms He’s Going to Be a Dad

Mike Marsland/WireImage(NEW YORK) — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this Instagram post from actor and comic Russell Brand certainly did a lot of talking.

The photo confirmed that the 41-year-old and his girlfriend, Laura Gallacher, are expecting a child, a rumor that’s been circulating since the beginning of the summer.

In the selfie, Brand’s holding up a copy of The Expectant Dad’s Handbook, with his eyes peeking over the top of the pages.

The caption reads, “Right then. My Mum bought me this. Time to get ready!”

Brand and Gallacher have been dating on and off since 2007, and reportedly began dating again most recently in 2015.

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Jim Carrey Disappointed in Release of Girlfriend’s Autopsy Report Information

Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jim Carrey has expressed his disappointment over the recent release of information in former girlfriend Cathriona White’s autopsy report, including contents of a suicide note.

“When I came to Hollywood to make it as a comedian, I soon learned that the details of my private life would be handed out to the media like free dinner vouchers,” the actor says in a statement obtained by People magazine. “I never dreamed that the people I love most in the world would also be on the menu. What a shame.”

In the suicide note, White, who fatally overdosed on prescription medication in September of 2015, reportedly wrote, “I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on brokenhearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time. I’m sorry you felt I wasn’t there for you. I tried to give you my best part.”

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Amy Schumer Responds After Ashley Graham Calls Her Out for “Double Standard”

Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — Earlier this year, Amy Schumer voiced her objection to her name being included on the cover of Glamour magazine’s “Chic at Any Size” special issue. Curvy model Ashley Graham isn’t sure why the Inside Amy Schumer star spoke out.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan for its August issue, Graham says, “I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry. You thrive on being a big girl, but when you’re grouped in with us, you’re not happy about it? That, to me, felt like a double standard.”

Schumer has responded to Graham’s comments on Twitter, writing that she understands Graham’s feelings.

“I don’t group myself in with her because she is unbelievably beautiful. Nothing but respect for her,” she writes.

When Schumer went after Glamour for its “Chic at Any Size” issue on Instagram in April, she stated, “I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn’t feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous.”

Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive subsequently defended the magazine’s cover while also apologizing to Schumer on Twitter.

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“Finding Dory,” “Ghostbusters” Among Final Wave of Nominees for Teen Choice 2016

FOX(NEW YORK) — Several of the summer’s hottest movies received nominations Thursday for Fox’s Teen Choice 2016, airing later this month.

The current box office hit Finding Dory, plus Ghostbusters and X-Men Apocalypse, are among the nominees for Choice Summer Movie.

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie features several buzzworthy flicks like Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Justin Bieber leads the final wave of nominees, with five nods. Voting is now open on TeenChoice.com, the Fox Now app and Twitter.

Fox will air Teen Choice 2016 on Sunday, July 31.

You can review all of the nominees on TeenChoice.com. Here’s a look at select categories from the final wave:

Choice Summer Movie (#ChoiceSummerMovie)
Central Intelligence
Finding Dory
Ghostbusters
Independence Day: Resurgence
Now You See Me 2
X-Men: Apocalypse

Choice Summer Movie Actor (#ChoiceSummerMovieActor)
Stephen Amell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Dave Franco, Now You See Me 2
Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence
Chris Hemsworth, Ghostbusters
Liam Hemsworth, Independence Day: Resurgence
Dwayne Johnson, Central Intelligence

Choice Summer Movie Actress (#ChoiceSummerMovieActress)
Lizzy Caplan, Now You See Me 2
Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory
Megan Fox, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Blake Lively, The Shallows
Melissa McCarthy, Ghostbusters
Kristen Wiig, Ghostbusters

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovie)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Jason Bourne
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Trolls

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActor)
Matt Damon, Jason Bourne
Scott Eastwood, Suicide Squad
Dylan O’Brien, Deepwater Horizon
Chris Pine, Star Trek Beyond
Chris Pratt, The Magnificent Seven
Will Smith, Suicide Squad

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActress)
Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad
Anna Kendrick, The Hollars
Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad
Britt Robertson, The Space Between Us
Zoe Saldana, Star Trek Beyond
Alicia Vikander, Jason Bourne

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John Cho Reveals Sulu Is Gay in “Star Trek Beyond”; George Takei Disapproves

John Cho as Lt. Hikaru Sulu; CBS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As a “nod” to the sexuality of the actor who originally portrayed him, George Takei, it appears Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise helmsman, Hikaru Sulu, as portrayed by John Cho in the rebooted sci-fi film series, is gay.

“I liked the approach,” Cho told Australia’s Herald Sun of how the character’s background was referenced in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, “which was not to make a big thing out of it.”

The actor said it reflects “where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.” Cho mentions Sulu has a same-sex partner with whom he’s raising a daughter.

For his part, however, Takei’s not entirely pleased, believing the decision isn’t faithful to creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

Takei says he stated his opposition when both Cho and director Justin Lin informed him Sulu would be gay in the new Star Trek film. He says he told Cho, “Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.”

Recalling his conversation with Lin, he reveals to The Hollywood Reporter, “I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that that was going to happen.”

Star Trek Beyond opens July 22.

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Judge Rules Cosby Accuser Doesn’t Have to Testify Before Trial

Bill Cosby in a Dec. 30, 2015 booking photo released by the Cheltenham Township, PA Police Department(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) — Bill Cosby returned to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Thursday, where a judge denied an attempt by his lawyers to force his accuser, Andrea Constand, to testify in a new pretrial hearing.

In a pretrial hearing on May 24, police read excerpts from Constand’s statements. The judge then ruled the felony sex-assault charges could move forward to trial. Cosby’s team argues that the police statements are hearsay, and that the ruling therefore wasn’t fair because Constand herself didn’t testify.

Though sexual assault victims do not generally testify in pretrial hearings, the Pennsylvania law on allowing hearsay in order to spare alleged victims from repeated court appearances is currently under review by the state Supreme Court, giving the defense an opportunity to challenge the ruling.

Constand went to police in 2005 after what she claims was a sexual assault incident that occurred in Cosby’s Philadelphia home in 2004, but no charges were filed. The woman said Cosby, now 78, drugged and molested her. Cosby maintains that he gave Benadryl to Constand because she’d complained about sleep trouble and that relations were consensual. Authorities re-opened the case last year.

Cosby’s lawyers said they’d appeal Thursday’s ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “The Secret Life of Pets” Open Today

L-R: Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron and Adam Devine; Gemma LaMana/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

* Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — Adam Devine and Zac Efron are the titular brothers, who land wild dates — played by Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza — for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Rated R.

* The Secret Life of Pets — The animated film explores what pets are up to when their human owners leave their home for the day. Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan and Ellie Kemper lend their voices to the movie. Rated PG.

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Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” (R)

L-R: Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine and Zac Efron; Gemma LaMana/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Loosely based on the story of Dave and Mike Stangle, the brothers who famously posted an ad on Craigslist looking for dates to their sister’s wedding, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates stars Zac Efron as Dave and Adam Devine as Mike. In real life, the wedding was in Saratoga, New York, but this is a movie where everything based on a true story plays with the facts to serve the narrative, so the movie takes place in Hawaii. Also, Dave and Mike, at least in this movie, are somewhat moronic.

Dave and Mike have a history of destroying family affairs they attend. So during a meeting — an intervention, really — their family demands they take dates to their sister’s wedding, hoping to prevent the boys from hitting on the single women and possibly ruining a special day.

The brothers place an ad on Craigslist, which goes viral and they wind up on The Wendy Williams Show, which is seen by unemployed besties and roommates Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza). They decide they want a free trip to Hawaii, and decide to charm the brothers into being their dates, by lying. About everything.

Once in Hawaii, it’s not the brothers who wreak havoc, but Alice and Tatiana, which leads to a few terrific, twisted sight gags. It also allows the supporting cast to shine, particularly Sugar Lyn Beard as the bride, Jeanie Stangle, and Kumail Nanjiani as a masseuse who gives Jeanie a very special massage.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is filthy and, on occasion, hilarious, with a lot of funny people executing some terrific physical humor and a few inspired, shocking jokes. Then there are the shocking jokes that simply don’t land, coupled with incredibly shoddy production values. There were extras looking at the camera, continuity issues, and some insanely bad dialogue looping. It’s astoundingly sloppy, like something you might find in a student film, certainly not what you should find in a movie with talent of this caliber.

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

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