Review Category : Entertainment

Taraji P. Henson Admits She Initially Thought “Empire” Was ‘Dumb’

Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) — First impressions can be deceiving. Empire star Taraji P. Henson was reminded of that recently.

The Academy Award-nominated actress tells W magazine in their August 2015 issue initially she hated Empire’s script, and didn’t want to portray hip-hop matriarch Cookie Lyon in the show.

“I was like, this is stupid,” Henson recalls of Lee Daniel’s hit Fox series. “Hip-hop — dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. But then I started to think, Cookie is going to piss so many people off! She hits her son with a broom, she talks back. Clearly, this was a challenge.”

Henson eventually learned to love her character. “Cookie is bold and crazy, and she loves the struggle,” the actress says. “She started from nothing, and now she’s at the top. In that way, we’re alike: Cookie is the American Dream.”

The actress, who stars opposite Terrence Howard on the series, also says she understands why viewers love Cookie, too.

“They see her heart. They see her intentions. And they love her style — her style is 17 years behind the fashion curve, which makes the clothes a character on the show. As Cookie grows, you’ll see her fashion grow. And people love that — she’s a work in progress,” Henson explains. “The only thing that never changes is her spirit: To me, Cookie is living, breathing, walking truth.”

Henson tells W she chooses to side-step any criticism she may receive on her portrayal of Cookie. “When I hear that Cookie is a bad representation of black women, I don’t get involved. Maybe Cookie makes you uncomfortable because she reminds you of yourself,” Henson says. “People miss the bigger picture when they start judging.”

Empire returns September 23 at 9 p.m Eastern on Fox.

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British Actor Tom Holland Is the New Spider-Man

Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Marvel announced Tuesday that a new actor will be stepping into Spider-Man’s suit — Tom Holland.

The British actor, known for playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical, will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire on the big screen.

In a release posted to Marvel.com, Sony Pictures and Marvel stated, “Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts.”

The release continued, “The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.”

This is a huge break for a 19-year-old actor who’s first credit on IMDB dates back to just 2010.

As for director Watts, Marvel producer Kevin Feige said, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

The release did not comment on whether or not Spider-Man will be featured in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War — in the comics, he’s a main character caught in the middle of a major showdown between Captain America and Iron Man.

In February, Marvel announced that after years on the big screen, Spider-Man was coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning he could join franchises like The Avengers.

While Spidey has always been a Marvel character, a 13-year-old licensing deal had allowed only Sony to release movies featuring the web-slinger.

The new deal will let Spidey join Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and his fellow Avengers on the big screen for the first time.

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“Orange Is the New Black’s” Laura Prepon Knew the Show Would Be a Hit

Jill Greenberg/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Laura Prepon is back as Alex in season three of Orange Is the New Black. The actress said she knew the show, centered on a women’s federal prison in Connecticut, would be a hit when her agent first sent her the script.

Prepon said on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael that originally, she’d sworn off TV roles after the failure of the series Are You There, Chelsea?, which lasted only one season.

“And the script came along and he gave it to me and I said, ‘It’s TV! I’m not reading it’,” Prepon said, referring to ger agent. “And he’s like, ‘Laura, I know you! You have to read the script.’ And I read it and I called him and I said, ‘I have to be part of the show. What do we do?'”

Prepon plays the role of the lesbian love interest of Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Kerman, whose book of the same name was the inspiration for the series.

Prepon said the current third season of Orange Is the New Black may be her favorite.

“When you first start a show, you have to introduce all the characters and everybody has to really get to know you. And then second season, you have to kind of reiterate it a little bit of who everybody is and what the relationships are,” she explained. “I feel like on season three, we can just tell stories and we can just be our characters. It’s incredible. And I feel like our writers are so amazing. Season three is definitely one of my favorite seasons.”

Thanks in part to those writers, Orange Is the New Black has become a hit around the globe. Prepon shared that she recently returned from Germany, where she promoted the show with co-stars Schilling and Uzo Aduba. Prepon said billboards pushing the show there were a tad different. After asking locals what the translation meant, the ladies learned their show had been re-named “Screw Off Is the New Hello.”

Orange Is the New Black is available now on Netflix.

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Kate Gosselin Says Dating Questions Remind Her She’s Alone

Patrick Randak/NBC(NEW YORK) — On her 40th birthday, Kate Gosselin had two simple birthday wishes: For her children to be happy and for the public to stop focusing on her personal life.

Over dinner with a girlfriend, the Kate Plus 8 star lamented in an episode that airs Tuesday night that she’s often asked about whether she’s dating.

“Don’t they realize after five years it offends me?” she asked in a clip obtained by People magazine. “It’s annoying and it’s a reminder that, here I am! It’s just me!”

Gosselin split from her ex-husband Jon Gosselin in 2009. They have eight children together, twins Cara and Mady, 14, and 11-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aeden, Collin, Leah and Joel.

“I’ve been divorced for five years,” she told her pal. “It’s been the greatest five years of my life.”

Gosselin also explained that since splitting from Jon, her parenting style hasn’t changed. “My goals haven’t changed in terms of raising my kids. My ideas haven’t changed,” she added. “I’m just doing it alone now.”

One of those goals, she continued, was that her children stay close. “I want my kids to grow up and be each other’s best friends,” she said.

Kate Plus 8‘s special episode on Gosselin’s birthday — “The BIG Four Oh!” — airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on TLC.

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Channing Tatum Explains Why He Had to Make “Magic Mike XXL”

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Channing Tatum just knew he had to make another Magic Mike. Part of it was because the film, loosely based on his life, blew up the box office in 2012. But there was another reason he wanted to dive back in — the guys.

“That was one of the biggest reasons that I wanted to make the second one because we didn’t get to get a really good look at those characters and get to know them,” Tatum said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America.

In Magic Mike XXL, Tatum dances beside Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash. Tatum said the film, which follows the guys as they head to a stripper convention, allows moviegoers “just to go hang out with them again and open them up.”

Fans will see a different side of Bomer in the sequel, when he sings a cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven.” On Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Bomer explained how he ended up singing in the film.

“The first movie we made had a very low budget so we would have to sometimes entertain extras between takes. And Joe Manganiello, who I went to college with, was like, ‘Matt, you should sing something.’ And Channing was like, ‘Yeah! Sing!’ And I was like, ‘What should I sing?’ He was like, ‘Jodeci!’ I don’t know why it was Jodeci so I did and Channing remembered that,” he explained. “And then another friend of ours encouraged [me] and [Channing] was like, ‘You gotta do it in this movie.'”

Another star in the film is Live with Kelly and Michael co-host, Michael Strahan. Tatum explained how he convinced the daytime talk show host to strip down.

“I said it sort of as a joke on…Kelly and Michael,” he explained. “And he was just like, ‘I will do that!’ And then I didn’t really think he was serious then next thing you know, he was down.”

So how does Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, feel about her husband taking it off onscreen? Tatum said she doesn’t care. In fact, she helped him choreograph some of his dance routines while he filmed in Vancouver.

“Basically Jenna was down there the whole time kinda just being like, ‘Oh, that looks good. That doesn’t look good,'” he added. “It’s kinda like having a built in focus group right in your house, so it’s nice.”

Magic Mike XXL slides into theaters July 1.

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Dick Van Patten, Former “Eight Is Enough” Star, Dead at 86

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actor Dick Van Patten, best-known as the star of the 1970s family sitcom Eight Is Enough, has died at age 86.

Patten died Tuesday morning at Santa Monica, CA’s Saint John’s Hospital of complications from diabetes, his publicist, Jeff Ballard, confirmed to ABC News.

“He was the kindest man you could ever meet in life,” said Ballard. “A loving family man. They don’t make them like him anymore.”

Van Patten acted since childhood, and by age 50 was a familiar face on television, having appeared in well over 100 shows, both as a cast member and guest star. But it was his role as the often befuddled but always patient and loving father and newspaper columnist Tom Bradford on the ABC sitcom Eight Is Enough that brought him the most fame. It ran from 1977 to 1981. The sitcom was such a hit it spawned two reunion TV movies.

Though he never starred in another hit series, neither did Van Patten stop working, both in TV and film, including parts in the Mel Brooks comedies Spaceballs, High Anxiety and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. His last credited appearance, according to IMDB, was a guest role in 2011 on Hot in Cleveland. In 2009, he published his memoir, titled Eighty Is Not Enough.

Van Patten leaves behind his wife of more than 60 years, Joyce, and sons Nels, James and Vincent, all actors.

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“The Bachelorette’s” Kaitlyn Bristowe Defends Having Sex with Contestant

ABC/Felicia Graham(NEW YORK) — After The Bachelorette on Monday night, contestant Nick Viall took to Twitter to defend Kaitlyn Bristowe, after she had sex with him in a hotel suite on the series.

Bristowe was noticeably feeling the guilt about getting so close to Viall, even breaking down into tears.

Viall tweeted in support, “There is a more to intimacy than just sex.”

“Kaitlyn showed a lot of courage by admitting 2 having sex on national TV knowing that she will be unfairly judged by some,” he added.

He continued: “Sex is not shameful. Whether we admit it or not, sex is important part of many serious and meaningful relationships. Despite what we have been led to believe, both men & women have an emotional connection to sex that we all should respect.”

Bristowe said Tuesday morning on Good Morning America that “I am a very in the moment person and I tried to just separate each relationship, and they all move at different paces. And that one definitely moved a little quicker than others and maybe the timing wasn’t ideal on that one.”

Bristowe also fired back at any social media critics. “I try to not look too much into it or read too much into it because, you know, everybody has their opinions and no matter what I did throughout this season people will have their opinions. It’s obviously tough when you get to a thousand and thousands of messages that are very negative but I just try to avoid it,” she said.

Past Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, who had a relationship on the show with Viall, also weighed in. She tweeted, “Rule no.1 Never kiss and tell, Rule no.2 Never kiss and tell twice…. #FianceTypeStuff #TheBachelorette.”

If you are a fan of the show, you’ll recall that Viall called out Dorfman on After the Final Rose after he wasn’t chosen and revealed the two had “made love.” She wasn’t too happy about the revelation back then.

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“The Bachelorette’s” Kaitlyn Bristowe Defends Having Sex with Contestant

ABC/Felicia Graham(NEW YORK) — After The Bachelorette on Monday night, contestant Nick Viall took to Twitter to defend Kaitlyn Bristowe, after she had sex with him in a hotel suite on the series.

Bristowe was noticeably feeling the guilt about getting so close to Viall, even breaking down into tears.

Viall tweeted in support, “There is a more to intimacy than just sex.”

“Kaitlyn showed a lot of courage by admitting 2 having sex on national TV knowing that she will be unfairly judged by some,” he added.

He continued: “Sex is not shameful. Whether we admit it or not, sex is important part of many serious and meaningful relationships. Despite what we have been led to believe, both men & women have an emotional connection to sex that we all should respect.”

Bristowe said Tuesday morning on Good Morning America that “I am a very in the moment person and I tried to just separate each relationship, and they all move at different paces. And that one definitely moved a little quicker than others and maybe the timing wasn’t ideal on that one.”

Bristowe also fired back at any social media critics. “I try to not look too much into it or read too much into it because, you know, everybody has their opinions and no matter what I did throughout this season people will have their opinions. It’s obviously tough when you get to a thousand and thousands of messages that are very negative but I just try to avoid it,” she said.

Past Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, who had a relationship on the show with Viall, also weighed in. She tweeted, “Rule no.1 Never kiss and tell, Rule no.2 Never kiss and tell twice…. #FianceTypeStuff #TheBachelorette.”

If you are a fan of the show, you’ll recall that Viall called out Dorfman on After the Final Rose after he wasn’t chosen and revealed the two had “made love.” She wasn’t too happy about the revelation back then.

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Report: “Titanic” Composer James Horner Killed in California Plane Crash

John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer whose work includes the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California on Monday, according to reports. He was 61.

According to Variety, Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara at around 9:30 Monday morning. The crash sparked a small brush fire to which county fire crews responded. Horner’s aircraft was reportedly completely destroyed.

Horner won an Oscar for original dramatic score for his work on Titanic. He also shared original song honors with lyricist Will Jennings for “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion. The singer posted a message on her website on her and husband René Angélil’s behalf that reads, “Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy.”

“My job…is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart,” Horner told the Los Angeles Times in 2009. “When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”

Horner’s many other film credits include, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, and Avatar.

Additionally, Horner has three films coming out later this year: Southpaw, a boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams due out in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, opening in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile, set for November release.

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NBC Unveils Its Fall Premiere Dates for the 2015-16 Season

NBC(NEW YORK) — NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which includes the return of Sunday Night Football and the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice, which is back for its ninth season September 21 with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani.

Sunday Night Football is back September 10 with a special Thursday-night matchup between Pittsburgh and Super Bowl champion New England to open the new NFL season.

Among the network’s new offerings is Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, the new live alternative series based on the U.K. show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, premiering Tuesday, September 15 after the season finale of America’s Got Talent. Best Time Ever will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.

Other new shows on NBC’s fall schedule are the dramas Blindspot, Heroes Reborn and Chicago Med, and the comedy People Are Talking.

NBC’s fall premiere schedule is as follows. All times are Eastern:

Thursday, Sept. 10
8:30-11:30/Sunday Night Football (Pittsburgh at New England)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10-11/Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10/The Voice
10-11/Blindspot

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8-9/The Mysteries of Laura
9-11/Law & Order: SVU

Thursday, Sept. 24
8-9/Heroes Reborn
9-10/The Blacklist
10-11/The Player

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11/Chicago P.D.

Friday, Oct. 9
8-9/Undateable

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11/Chicago Fire

Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9/People Are Talking

Friday, Oct 30
9-10/Grimm

Tuesday, Nov. 10
10-11/Chicago Med

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