Review Category : Entertainment

Harry Belafonte, Maureen O’Hara Among Honorees for Academy’s Governors Awards

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harry Belafonte will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its annual Governors Awards in November.

The 87-year-old actor/activist has been named the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The “Banana Boat Song” performer has taken up causes such as education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and civil rights.

The Academy also announced three people who will receive honorary Oscars, including Maureen O’Hara. The 94-year-old O’Hara appeared in such films as Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man and The Parent Trap.

Screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, a four-time Oscar nominee, and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, a three-time nominee, will also receive honorary statuettes. Both have won one Academy Award.

The 6th Annual Governors Awards will be held Nov. 8 in Hollywood.

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Movie Review: “As Above/So Below” (Rated R)

Universal(NEW YORK) — The found footage horror flick As Above/So Below revolves around Scarlet (Perdita Weeks), an archeologist of sorts who speaks multiple languages — two of them dead — and is a black belt in Krav Maga. Totally believable, right? Scarlet’s immediate goal in life is to fulfill her late father’s quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, and she won’t let anything stop her…not even a silly thing like death.

When Scarlet discovers that the stone may be hidden in the catacombs of Paris, she recruits a team to accompany her on her underground descent, including a few people who know their way around the place. There, they encounter human remains, a guy who used to live in the catacombs but who disappeared two years ago, plenty of sudden, loud noises, and dozens of other obvious signs that they should leave before they all come to a horrible and violent end.

Then, there’s the most disturbing sign something is amiss: objects and people from each member of the team’s past begin to pop up. There’s a spooky piano, an even spookier dead brother and a burning car from an accident. All of this, mind you, is taking place nearly a thousand feet under the streets of Paris. Yes, it’s pretty creepy, but perhaps no more creepy than riding that New York City subway line you recently found out is infested with bedbugs.

Like so many horror films, the decisions made by these characters are preposterous — nearly as preposterous as the notion that you are watching found footage from a camera that was left behind with no hope of ever getting it back. I’m beginning to think it’s called “found” footage because people FIND it annoying. There’s nothing new here; aside from a couple of claustrophobic and aurally frightening moments, As Above/So Below is more boring than it is scary.

Two out of five stars.

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Infamous Baseball Pitcher John Rocker Among New “Survivor” Castaways

Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) — The new season of Survivor will have one of the more controversial castaways in the history of the show.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker has been named one of the 18 contestants for the 29th season of Survivor, which premieres on CBS on September 24. Rocker, whose best days as a ballplayer came with the Atlanta Braves, gained infamy in the late 1990s when he made disparaging remarks about foreigners, among other groups of people, in a Sports Illustrated interview.

The new season of Survivor will see the return of Exile Island and the “Blood vs. Water” theme, in which castaways initially compete with loved ones. Rocker will be a castaway alongside his girlfriend.

Among the other notable castaways is Nadiya Anderson, a two-time Amazing Race contestant who will compete with her sister.

As always, a one-million-dollar grand prize will be on the line.

Here’s a rundown of the cast:

Brothers
Drew Christy
Age: 25
Winter Park, Fla.
Traveling Sales Rep

Alec Christy
Age: 22
Winter Park, Fla.
Student

Married
Jeremy Collins
Age: 36
Foxboro, Mass.
Firefighter

Val Collins
Age: 35
Foxboro, Mass.
Police Officer

Dating
Reed Kelly
Age: 31
New York, N.Y.
Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist

Josh Canfield
Age: 32
New York, N.Y.
Singer, Actor, Writer

College Sweethearts
Jon Misch
Age: 26
Waterford, Mich.
Financial Assistant

Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25
Las Vegas, Nev.
Media Buyer

Dating
John Rocker
Age: 39
Atlanta, Ga.
Former MLB Player
Julie McGee
Age: 34
Atlanta, Ga.
Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

Sisters
Natalie Anderson
Age: 28
Edgewater, N.J.
Crossfit Coach and Student

Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28
Edgewater, N.J.
Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace

Father & Son
Keith Nale
Age: 53
Shreveport, La.
Fire Captain

Wes Nale
Age: 23
Shreveport, La.
Firefighter

Mother & Daughter
Missy Payne
Age: 47
Dallas, Texas
Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym

Baylor Wilson
Age: 20
Nashville, Tenn.
Student

Father & Daughter

Dale Wentworth
Age: 55
Ephrata, Wash.
Farmer

Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28
Seattle, Wash.
Marketing Manager

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Shakira Reveals She’s Pregnant Again

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) — Singer and recent Voice coach Shakira is expecting her second child with boyfriend Gerard Pique.

“Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!” she tweeted Thursday.

Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!

— Shakira (@shakira) August 28, 2014

The 37-year-old singer and her soccer player beau welcomed their son Milan in January 2013, who was born in Barcelona, Spain.

“The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification,” a statement read last year at the time of the birth. “Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Married Saturday in France

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now husband and wife, a spokesperson for the couple confirms.

The couple tied the knot in Chateau Miraval, France last Saturday in a private, civil ceremony attended by friends and family.

Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, announced their engagement in 2012. A spokesperson says they obtained a marriage license from a judge in California, who also conducted the marriage ceremony in France.

Jolie and Pitt’s children were participants in the ceremony, said the spokesperson. The bride was walked down the aisle by sons Maddox, 12, and Pax, who’s 10. Daughters Zahara and Vivienne, 9 and 5 years old, respectively, threw flower petals, while daughter Shiloh, 7, and son Knox, 5, served as ring bearers.

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WATCH: Reese Witherspoon’s Inspiring Message to Boy with Cancer

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Reese Witherspoon transformed into “Pink Lady” Elle Woods from her hit movie Legally Blonde to send a hopeful message to a four-year-old boy battling cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress sent the message to four-year-old Will after learning that he was a big fan of Legally Blonde.

“This is for one of the strongest little four-year-olds I can imagine. Will — I hear that you’re fighting so hard and strong against cancer and that in the hospital you’ve been watching a lot of Legally Blonde and loving it. I hope it makes you laugh!”

Witherspoon captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag “Team Will.”

“I wanted you to know that I made this sign in your honor — and I’m sending a big big hug and my hope and prayers. Just know — I’m a really big fan of YOURS!” Witherspoon wrote. “PS anyone else – feel free to make your own sign for Will and post it with the hashtag #TeamWill so he can see it. …I’m sure he’d love that!”

In addition, the mother of three made a short YouTube video titled “The Pink Lady’s Message To Will.”

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Homer Simpson Accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

FOX via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even animated characters are accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a new video released online, a shirtless Homer Simpson takes on the challenge. He nominates his neighbor Ned Flanders — twice — his co-worker Lenny and Donald Trump before spilling a glass of water on his head.

However, Bart then dumps gallons of water, plus penguins, a bear, hockey players, a snowman, Santa Claus, an ice cream truck and more, on his unsuspecting dad from a helicopter.

The 26th season of The Simpsons premieres on Fox on September 28. You can catch up on previous seasons by tuning in to the ongoing Simpsons marathon on FXX, which concludes on Labor Day.

Elsewhere in celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge news, Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd got drenched in a video in which he nominated “Baby O’Porter,” thus revealing that he and wife Dawn O’Porter are expecting a child. Dawn is seen pouring water on her baby bump.

So far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $94.3 million for the ALS Association.

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Husband of Whitney Houston’s Daughter Arrested for DUI

Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage(ROSWELL, Ga.) — Bobbi Kristina Brown’s husband has been arrested and charged with DUI, police said.

Nick Gordon attempted to change lanes in a BMW sedan Thursday morning in Roswell, Georgia, when the vehicle struck a curb and overturned, police told ABC News. Afterward, Gordon was arrested for DUI, failure to maintain a lane and driving with a suspended license.

Brown, 21, announced last year that she was married to her childhood friend, Gordon, who had a longtime relationship with her family. They announced their engagement in 2012.

This is not the first time Gordon has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for reckless driving and speeding.

A rep for Brown has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Reports: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Married Saturday in France

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now husband and wife, according to People, which is citing multiple sources.

The couple reportedly tied the knot in Chateau Miraval, France last Saturday in a private, civil ceremony attended by friends and family.

Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, announced their engagement in 2012. A spokesperson says they obtained a marriage license from a judge in California, who also conducted the marriage ceremony in France.

Jolie and Pitt’s children were participants in the ceremony, said the spokesperson. The bride was walked down the aisle by sons Maddox, 12, and Pax, who’s 10. Daughters Zahara and Vivienne, 9 and 5 years old, respectively, threw flower petals, while daughter Shiloh, 7, and son Knox, 5, served as ring bearers.

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Joan Rivers Hospitalized for Cardiac Arrest

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York City hospital after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest, according to a law enforcement source. According to the New York City Fire Department, Rivers is in critical condition.

Rivers was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital Thursday morning after receiving a call that a woman was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, ABC News confirmed.

TMZ reported earlier that Rivers was having surgery on her vocal chords at the clinic.

No other details were immediately available and Rivers’ rep had no other information when contacted by ABC News.

Rivers, 81, had been hard at work of late, co-hosting her E! TV show Fashion Police and doing stand-up comedy. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows planned across the U.S. for November.

“Ignore aging: Comedy is the one place it doesn’t matter. It matters in singing because the voice goes. It matters certainly in acting because you’re no longer the sexpot. But in comedy, if you can tell a joke, they will gather around your deathbed,” she wrote in The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “If you’re funny, you’re funny. Isn’t that wonderful?”
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