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Seth Meyers Says He Will Try to Be ‘Fair’ as Emmys Host

Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Now that the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, the focus shifts to the actual ceremony, which will be staged next month.

This year’s host, Seth Meyers, says his opening monologue during the broadcast will be key for him. Speaking with the media at a Television Critics Association summer press tour panel in Beverly Hills over the weekend, he quipped, “Having been a nominee and a guest of the Emmys in the audience, that first 10 minutes is the best time to get the audience to laugh because as the night progresses more and more people are disappointed.”

Meyers promises he won’t be offensive as host. Part of that has to do with the influence of his boss at Saturday Night Live and now Late Night, Lorne Michaels.

He explained that Michaels “always stresses, try not to tell a joke about somebody that you then would want to leave the cocktail party if they showed up.”

Meyers said a joke can be a “little negative” as long as it’s also “fair.”

NBC, which airs Meyers’ Late Night, will broadcast the Emmys on August 25.

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Claims Top Spot at the Box Office

Fox(NEW YORK) — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominated the box office this weekend, opening in the top spot and taking in $73 million in the process.

The follow-up to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis as the leader of the apes, Caesar. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Kode Smit-McPhee also star in the latest Planet of the Apes film.

Transformers: Age of Extinction finished the weekend in a distant second place.

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

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $73 million
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $16.5 million
3. Tammy: $12.91 million
4. 22 Jump Street: $6.7 million
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2: $5.865 million
6. Earth to Echo: $5.5 million
7. Deliver Us From Evil: $4.7 million
8. Maleficent: $4.169 million
9. Begin Again: $2.935 million
10. Jersey Boys: $2.51 million

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Claims Top Spot at the Box Office

Fox(NEW YORK) — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominated the box office this weekend, opening in the top spot and taking in $73 million in the process.

The follow-up to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis as the leader of the apes, Caesar. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Kode Smit-McPhee also star in the latest Planet of the Apes film.

Transformers: Age of Extinction finished the weekend in a distant second place.

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

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $73 million
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $16.5 million
3. Tammy: $12.91 million
4. 22 Jump Street: $6.7 million
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2: $5.865 million
6. Earth to Echo: $5.5 million
7. Deliver Us From Evil: $4.7 million
8. Maleficent: $4.169 million
9. Begin Again: $2.935 million
10. Jersey Boys: $2.51 million

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How Meg Ryan Learned to ‘Fake It’ for “When Harry Met Sally”

Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Anyone who’s seen When Harry Met Sally remembers the famous scene in which Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm.

According to director Rob Reiner, it took the actress a while to get comfortable shooting it.

“Meg was nervous. Obviously you’re in front of extras and all the crew members and everything. So the first few times we did it, she did it kind of weak. It was a little tepid,” Reiner told the Huffington Post. “And I said, ‘Look, let me show you what I want’ after a few takes that weren’t so good.”

With that, Reiner said he sat opposite Billy Crystal and began acting out what he wanted her to do. As he pounded on the table and screamed, “yes” over and over, he was mortified to realize that his mother, who uttered the line, “I’ll have what she’s having” in the film, had been watching the whole thing.

“But then Meg did it way better!” he said.

As the movie celebrates its 25th anniversary in a few weeks, Reiner said that fans can celebrate by visiting Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City, where the scene was filmed.

“There’s a sign that says, ‘This is where Harry met Sally,'” he said. “People go there and they act the scene out.”

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Tracy Morgan Released from Rehab Hospital, Sues Walmart Over Deadly Accident

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(TRENTON, N.J.) — Comedian Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation clinic Saturday following treatment for a June 7 car crash that killed one.

Morgan, who was seriously injured when a Walmart truck hit his limousine, will sue the retail company for negligence.

The truck, driven by Georgia resident Kevin Roper, was traveling at 65 miles per hour in a reduced-speed area at the time of the accident. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation found the sleep-deprived driver was going 20 miles per hour over the limit in a construction zone.

“Walmart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries,” an official court filing reads.

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Tommy Ramone, Last of the Founding Ramones, Dead at Age 62

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicTommy Ramone, the last of the founding members of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones, has died at age 62.

Ramone’s death was announced on the band’s official Twitter account just after midnight Eastern U.S. time on Saturday: “We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone.”

Ramone reportedly had been fighting bile duct cancer.

Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, Ramone came to the U.S. in 1957 and ultimately joined forces with Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone — aka Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings and Douglas Colvin — to form their band.

The quartet made their live performance bones at New York’s seminal punk club, CBGB, beginning 1974. Their first album, Ramones, was recorded in a week’s time in 1976 for a reported $6,400. Though it wasn’t commercially successful then, the album since come to be regarded as one of rock’s most influential. Tommy Ramone played drums on that album, as well as the two follow-ups, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia, both released in 1977.

Tommy Ramone left the band after their third album to concentrate on studio work and producing. He was replaced by Marc Bell, aka Marky Ramone. Tommy Ramone spent the years since then producing music, and more recently as one-half of the bluegrass duo Uncle Monk.

The Ramones disbanded in 1996 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, one year after Joey Ramone died of lymphoma. Dee Dee Ramone died that year of a drug overdose, while Johnny died of prostate cancer in 2004.

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AMC Teases Info, Photos for “Better Call Saul”

Photo Credit:Ursula Coyote/AMC(NEW YORK) — AMC released new information and photos from the set of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul on Friday.

The show is currently in production in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the release came as part of the Television Critics’ Association Press Tour. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk, reprising his role as Saul Goodman from AMC’s hit show and Michael McKean. The network also confirmed that the list of series regulars will include Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks returning as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, along with McKean from This is Spinal Tap, Rhea Seehorn of Franklin & Bash and House of Lies, Patrick Fabian from Grey’s Anatomy and Big Love and Michael Mando from Orphan Black.

The show will feature characters who play on both the “legitimate and illegitimate side of the law.”

AMC notes that the series will be set six years before Goodman meets Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, and will begin his transformation from “small-time lawyer searching for his destiny” to the criminal lawyer he was in Breaking Bad.

The first season will consist of 10 episodes, the first of which was directed by Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan. The show has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes.

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Khloe Kardashian Opens Up About Ex Lamar Odom’s Cheating

Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!(LOS ANGELES) — While cleaning out for her move to her new home, Khloe Kardashian, 30, has a candid conversation with big sister Kourtney and reveals some shocking news in a new clip for Sunday’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

She says her ex cheated on her while they were married, the clip on E! News reveals.

After Khloe says Odom has been wearing his wedding ring full-time, even though she already filed for divorce, she says “F— your ring, you were wearing it when you were f—ing someone else too.”

She added that Odom was saying “being married to me were the best years of his life,” even though she couldn’t reach him for months at a time.

“He doesn’t think we are going through with the divorce,” she adds. “I’ll always be his wife and he’ll never call me anything else. Whatever, now he’s finally admitting he’s done f—ed up s—.”

She continued, “Let me tell you something. Last year on my birthday I lied to everyone because I had to lie and say I was with my husband when in fact my husband was missing with another girl!”

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“Fast & Furious 7″ Wraps with Tributes to Paul Walker

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Michelle Rodriguez was among those paying tribute to the late Paul Walker on the final day of shooting Fast & Furious 7.

Posting a photo Thursday on Instagram of her and co-star Vin Diesel, Rodriguez wrote, “Ride or Die through thick and thin 15 yrs later surreal to think we made it through such a tough painful production. But this ones for you P I hope we make you proud love you.”

Rodriguez also posted a more celebratory shot of the cast and crew, writing, “Final day on FF7 an emotional roller coaster but we’ve wrapped most of principle photography one love to all those who stuck it through with respect.”

Rodriguez, Diesel and Walker, along with Jordana Brewster, have been part of the Fast franchise since the very first film 13 years ago.

The seventh installment was originally scheduled for release this week. But Walker’s death in a fiery car crash last Nov. 30 put a halt to production. With the help of visual effects and Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody, filmmakers were able to complete the film, which has a new release date of April 3, 2015.

Universal’s Fast & Furious Facebook page also paid tribute to Walker while thanking fans for their support during the tumultuous production.

“Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul,” the post said. “All of us — those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 — wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.”

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First Look at Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston

John Sciulli/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic just started shooting, but it seems star Yaya DaCosta already has the iconic singer’s look down.

In the first image released from the film, DaCosta, who starred in Lee Daniels the Butler, recreated the pop star’s 1987 Whitney album cover.

“I just looked at the picture and did the pose,” the former America’s Next Top Model contestant told Entertainment Weekly.

The film, which is being directed by Angela Bassett, focuses on Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown and does not address the singer’s untimely death.

Bassett told EW that she went with newcomers for the roles of Houston and Brown.

“I want you to fall into the world of Whitney and Bobby. And I don’t want to stop you at the gate with maybe the image of something familiar, someone you’ve seen from something else,” she said. “Yaya was far and above the only choice.”

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