Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — 2011’s Dolphin Tale was a surprisingly engaging and inspiring film, based on a true story, which was great for the whole family. It was also a hit, which for Hollywood means, “Let’s get that dolphin back in the water and make a sequel.”

Dolphin Tale 2 is “inspired” by actual events, once again involving Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail. Returning as Winter’s best human buds are Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), the marine biology prodigy, and Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), the daughter of marine biologist/pet vet Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.). Winter’s no longer just a symbol of hope: he’s also big business, helping to turn Dr. Haskett’s marine life rescue facility into a thriving aquarium.

But then Winter’s elderly aquarium mate dies, and the feds threaten to take Winter from the aquarium because it’s against regulations for a dolphin to be held in captivity without a companion dolphin. If they lose Winter, they will probably lose the aquarium. The dramatic tension — or lack thereof — is supposed to come from whether or not Winter will bond with a new, young dolphin named Hope.

None of this will engage adults, even if they do manage to stay awake during a movie that seems much longer than its 1:47 runtime. However, small children will probably enjoy the dolphins, and a pelican that shows up strictly for comic relief but is rarely funny (to adults). The best lines in this movie are delivered by Morgan Freeman, who once again plays Dr. Cameron McCarthy, the man who invented Winter’s prosthetic tail, and even that bit of dialogue is just a little too precious to feel organic.

If it hadn’t been for the success of the first movie, Dolphin Tale 2 would likely have been one of those straight-to-DVD kids’ movies.

One out of five stars.

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Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The full Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer is just days away from being released for the first time, but fans will have to chew on a new 15-second teaser that features a noticeably scared Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

In the clip, Lawrence picks up a white rose as a voiceover featuring President Snow says, “Mrs. Everdeen, it’s the things we love most that destroy us.”

For those who read the books, the white rose is Snow’s trademark, and in the video it looks as though he’s had one planted in Everdeen’s home to scare her.

Mockingjay — Part 1 opens in November.

Watch the video below:

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Warner Bros.(DETROIT) — Many people in Detroit are talking about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck, and seeing if they can glean anything from the set.

Some lucky fan did just that, as he got clean shots of the new Batmobile that Affleck will be driving when he faces off again the Man of Steel.

“On a set of #batman,” the fan wrote next to a shot of the vehicle, which people commented looks like a mix of the old-school Batmobile and Christian Bale’s tumbler. Another photo shows the vehicle from the side.


The car looks like it almost has wings and is almost a hybrid insect/vehicle.

Batman v. Superman is set to hit theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — First, she nabs a spot as Mockingbird on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, Adrianne Palicki is engaged.

The former Friday Night Lights star, 31, is engaged to her stuntman boyfriend, Jackson Spidell, ABC News has confirmed through her rep.

The couple met on the set of the forthcoming film, John Wick, a project in which Palicki stars alongside Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan and Keanu Reeves that’s due out next month. Her new fiance performed stunts for Reeves in the movie.

Although the actress has yet to tweet about the engagement, she did post last month on how excited she is to be joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “So excited to be playing Mockingbird!! Such an honor!” she wrote.

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Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Transformers star Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct in New York after getting arrested in June for causing a disturbance at a Broadway performance of Cabaret.

If the actor, 28, successfully completes treatment for three months and doesn’t run afoul of the law, the charges will be dismissed, the court said. Thus, his sentence has been delayed for six months. Judge Diana Boyar ordered LaBeouf to undergo treatment at the L.A.-area facility The Hills.

During the June incident, LaBeouf stood up in the audience while a performance of the musical Cabaret was underway at Studio 54. Official records state the actor then started yelling at the performers.

He was asked to leave, but then, according to police reports, screamed at the security guard, “F*** you. This is f****** bulls***. Do you know my life? Do you know who the f*** I am? Do you know who I am?”

LaBeouf was charged “for refusing to leave a theatrical performance when asked, for creating unreasonable noise and using obscene language outside of Studio 54, and for spitting at a police officer at the Midtown North police precinct,” Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Russell said in court Wednesday.

LaBeouf has already been “voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction” since July, according to his rep. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” his rep, Melissa Kates, told ABC News then.

LaBeouf’s court-ordered treatment at The Hills will be in addition to his voluntary treatment. He was ordered to appear in court again Nov. 12 to prove his compliance with the judge’s orders.

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — A source is telling the New York Daily News that Joan Rivers’ doctor allegedly interrupted an endoscopy being performed on the comic to do an unplanned biopsy that cut off her air supply. The biopsy should only be performed in a hospital, the source explains.

According to the source, Rivers’ doctor was on hand — but not performing — the scheduled procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on August 28th in New York City, when the comedienne’s physician noticed something on her vocal cord and asked for instruments to take a biopsy himself. “He asked and they let him,” the source said, adding, “A huge no-no.”

The source tells the paper that when Rivers’ doctor manipulated her vocal cords, they seized — called a laryngospasm — which cut off her air supply.

Rivers was undergoing what Deborah Norville described to ABC News as “a diagnostic procedure…[to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”

Rivers reportedly went into cardiac arrest. She died last Thursday at the age of 81.

Meanwhile, when The Celebrity Apprentice returns to NBC, the show will feature a couple of guest appearances by the late legend, Donald Trump revealed on Twitter. He wrote, “We just finished shooting a new season of Celebrity Apprentice and happily for all, Joan plays my advisor in two episodes. She was great!”

NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for the new season of Trump’s competition.

Rivers won the 2009 season of The Celebrity Apprentice, which also featured her daughter, Melissa Rivers. She later served as an advisor on the show in 2012 and 2013.
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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rosie O’Donnell is headed back to The View — the daytime talk show, she says, she tearfully left after getting into an on screen fight with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck back in 2007.

In a new interview with Variety, O’Donnell recalls telling her longtime publicist, “‘I’m never going back. You have to call and tell them. Call the lawyer. No matter what they say, I will not go back.'”

But she is back with a different set of co-hosts: Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and author and political analyst Nicolle Wallace.

So how did O’Donnell get the gig? “It was very much like the Hunger Games, how they did it,” O’Donnell says of the audition process.

Last month, all of the candidates went into one room with a table and had to do mock debates with O’Donnell and Goldberg.

“I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test,” she says. “I don’t know if there’s a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive.”

Still, with the co-hosts now picked and an all new set, which will now be in the round, O’Donnell said longtime fans can expect an exciting new show.

“I think it’s going to be must-see TV,” O’Donnell says. “My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be glaring.”

O’Donnell says she changed from the woman she was while on the show years ago. Back then, she says she was going through a divorce. Now, she’s happily married. Also, she’s no longer drinking alcohol and even meditates two times a day, according to Variety.

O’Donnell has also contributed to some changes in the show’s format. Along with airing pre-taped news pieces before the Hot Topics segment as a way to objectively explain what the hosts will be talking about, O’Donnell wants to rely less on celebrity guests.

“The necessity for celebrity in daytime TV has diminished as access to celebrity has increased 100-fold,” O’Donnell explains. “When I was a kid and Barbra Streisand was on TV, I would stay home from school.”

If the things don’t work out, the show and O’Donnell both have an out. She signed a one-year, multi-million dollar contract, reports Variety.

Co-creator and executive producer Barbara Walters, who retired from the show as a panelist earlier this year, said she’s banking on another successful season. “The View stays fresh and relevant, and Rosie will help keep it so,” she told Variety.

The new season of The View premieres live on Monday, Sept. 15.

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Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Robert Downey Jr.’s recovery from drug abuse is about as legendary as his days of addiction.

“For some folks it’s just a function of age,” the Iron Man star told Vanity Fair about overcoming his demons. “It’s perfectly normal for people to be obsessive about something for a period of time, then leave it alone.”

For a time, it didn’t seem like Downey, who had been getting high since he was a kid, would be able to leave it alone. The actor’s drug use spiraled after he made it big in Hollywood. In 1996, police found heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as an unloaded .357 Magnum in his car when he was stopped for speeding. Then, Downey was famously found by his neighbors passed out in their 11-year-old son’s bed.

The actor told Vanity Fair that was “an uncommon occurrence for me. Happened to be a very public one. I was not a guy who blacked out.”

He escaped from rehab twice and, in 1999, was sentenced to 36 months in jail, though he served just under a year. After two more arrests, including the time after he was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles barefoot, Downey again checked into rehab and finally got clean.

“Job one is get out of that cave,” he told Vanity Fair about what he learned from his rehab and prison stints. “A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever. But I don’t even know if that was my experience.”

He continued, “It’s funny: five years ago, I would’ve made it sound like I’m conscious of my own participation in seizing the similarities. But so many things have become less certain. I swear to God. I am not my story.”

Hollywood’s highest paid actor does acknowledge that he likely inherited his addictions and passed them on to his oldest son, Indio Downey, a 20-year-old musician who was recently arrested and charged with drug possession.

“Pick a dysfunction and it’s a family problem,” Downey said.

“He’s his mother’s son and my son, and he’s come up the chasm much quicker than we did,” he told the magazine. “But that’s typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated. You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods. Can you help someone get out of those woods? Yes, you can. By not getting lost looking for them.”

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Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — If you love Nick Carter, you’ll want to tune in to his new reality show, I Heart Nick Carter.

The VH1 series will follow the Backstreet Boy as he prepares to marry his fiancée, Lauren Kitt. He’s the final member of the boy band to take the plunge, and that fact is not lost on him.

Carter explained to ABC News Radio why it’s taken so long for him to walk down the aisle: “Scared of it, didn’t necessarily believe in it. I had seen so many marital tragedies in the industry growing up. Also…as a really young child I was taught that love and family meant everything and whatever and all that stuff and it just kind of shattered.”

Carter isn’t too concerned that he and his fiancée are putting their love on display in a TV show. While couples such as Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey and Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorced after starring on a reality program together, Carter insists they won’t suffer a similar fate.

He says, “I’m like head over heels in love. And I know that she loves me like a lot, like intensely back. And so I feel that love should conquer all.”

Kitt says she’s been on the receiving end of verbal abuse and even death threats from some overzealous fans of Carter’s. But generally speaking, she’s okay with his female admirers — as long as they respect the couple’s privacy.

She says, “When we’re on tour, have at it. That’s what he’s there for. When he’s on stage, he’s all yours ladies. When we’re at home, we’re in a restaurant, when we’re trying to be private taking a walk through a park, that’s ‘me’ time.”

I Heart Nick Carter airs Wednesday night on VH1 at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been rumored that pregnant Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana is expecting twins, but Britney Spears seemed to confirm it in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

The singer was asked whether she’d consider appearing with Saldana — her co-star in the 2002 film Crossroads — in another movie. Her answer: “Who knows? That’s a very good idea. But she’s pregnant with twins right now. So I’m sure she’s got a huge future ahead of her.”

It remains to be seen whether Saldana will really be pulling double diaper duty with husband Marco Perego.

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