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Jul312015

Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Off-Broadway Production 

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong'o has starred in some of the biggest movies, graced the cover of some of the biggest magazines and has even won an Oscar. Still, the actress' next move is an off-Broadway production.

E! News reports Nyong'o is set to star in Eclipsed at New York City's Public Theater The play, written byThe Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, is about captive wives of a rebel officer during the Liberian Civil War.

"Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong'o to The Public in this vitally important play."

Eclipsed will begin previews September 29, and will premiere October 14.

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Friday
Jul312015

"Harry Potter" Stars Wish J.K. Rowling Happy 50th Birthday

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling's 50th birthday is Friday.

The Harry Potter author was celebrated by Time magazine, which asked the Potter films' stars to say something nice on her big day. Here's what they had to say:

Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the series, said: "The Happiest of Birthdays, Jo. A breeze for the supreme Time-traveler."

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, said, jokingly, "You don't look a day over 40. ...Perhaps you could celebrate your half century by writing a hilarious film. Perhaps, starring, I don't know, a large Scottish man."

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the series, said, "I would like to thank Jo for changing MY life ...That's not even to mention her generosity and loyalty when it has come to supporting everything that I have done in the years since Harry Potter."

Other actors to send Rowling birthday wishes are Oliver and James Phelps, Imelda Staunton, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Jason Isaacs, Clemence Poesy, Chris Columbus, Katie Leung, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff, Frances de la Tour, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

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Friday
Jul312015

Khloe Kardashian: We Still Call Caitlyn Jenner, Bruce

Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Since Caitlyn Jenner debuted her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, her family has been slowly getting used to her new look. Khloe Kardashian even admitted Thursday that she still calls her step-father, Bruce, Jenner's name at birth.

"We don't like to say that Bruce is gone, per se. We, my sisters and I, we will call Caitlyn 'Bruce,' and we've been told that's completely fine," she said on The Projectan Australian TV show. "She has told us we are allowed to call her any name we want to. Because on the phone, when she calls me, it's the same voice as Bruce. And if I'm not physically with her, it's hard to remember in the moment that I'm talking to Caitlyn, if that makes sense."

Kardashian added that the transition has been hard on the family. "There was a hard time for the entire family, that we were all transitioning with her, but in front of an audience," she explained. "That's not really the normal way to go about it."

Continuing, Kardashian said, "There is a lot of raw emotions, that it's hard to do in front of a camera. For us, we were trying to be really open and raw with it, I think. We all got through it and that's completely over, it's all behind us now. So, we are just happy for her. We just want her to be happy. But there was definitely a moment that was really tough for all of us."

Kardashian clarified that just because she still calls Jenner, Bruce, doesn't mean she's not supportive of Jenner's transition. "It's a beautiful thing that she's transitioned," she said, "and that she is strong enough to have her own voice and wanting to make such monumental, beautiful moves and be that crusader."

Meanwhile, E! released a new clip from I Am Cait Friday, showing the former Olympian trying to perfect a more feminine voice. In the clip, Jenner's step-daughter, Kim Kardashian, attempts to help her by having Jenner pretend to order room service at a hotel. When Jenner tries her feminine sound, Kardashian replies, "You sound no different!"

"Sir! What would you like, sir?" Kardashian quipped.

A new episode of I Am Cait airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on E!

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Friday
Jul312015

How Eddie Redmayne Transformed into Stephen Hawking for "The Theory of Everything" 

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Redmayne said it took him four months to prepare for his role as physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Redmayne said he reconfigured his body, with a choreographer’s help, to capture Hawking at each specific stage of his decades-long battle with ALS.

“I just needed to train my body, just in order to sustain the positions,” Redmayne told Nightline. “I knew that some of the positions would be specific and contorted and not necessarily comfortable.”

Knowing Hawking’s intimate, complex relationship with his wife, Jane, would form the backbone of the story told in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne said he closely examined key pieces of evidence from Hawking’s life, such as his wedding photo.

“It’s a very beautiful photo, but you see that he’s not only on the stick, his hand was on top of Jane’s and you can see if you look closely that he’s putting a lot of weight into her body weight,” Redmayne said. “It was that sort of investigation that you were starting to analyze the different muscles in his body and work out what his decline was.”

And, Redmayne added, getting Hawking’s facial expressions right required hours of study.

“Weirdly, trying to capture Stephen’s face was perhaps the most difficult,” he said. “I would sort of sit in front of a mirror and there were moments when you’re like, ‘Am I parodying? Is this horrible? Is this verging on, am I going to be offensive?’”

Yet it was only days before shooting for The Theory of Everything was to begin that Redmayne met Hawking for the first time. “Really the fear was, ‘What if I meet him and I realize I’ve got it all wrong?’” Redmayne said.

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Friday
Jul312015

Report: Selena Gomez Will Be a Mentor on "The Voice" Season Nine

ABC/Randy Holmes (NEW YORK) -- Selena Gomez is coming to The Voice. The singer will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Gwen Stefani’s team.

A source tells Us Weekly Selena has already impressed the cast and crew. “She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source says. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams’ mentor, rock legend John Fogerty will help out Adam Levine’s team, and country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton’s contestants.

The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions. The new season ofThe Voice returns on September 21, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Jul312015

"Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" Opens Friday

Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Vacation wasn't really a destination spot for moviegoers during its opening day.

The comedy reboot earned 3.8 million dollars on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That total includes the 1.2 million raised from late-night showings on Tuesday night.

[Read a review of the film.]

Vacation is joined at the box office this weekend by the fifth Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. He reprises his role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation.

This time around, Ethan, along with his team, faces off against a network of villainous special agents known as the Syndicate.

Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris also star inMission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, which is rated PG-13.

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Friday
Jul312015

HBO Exec Hoping for Many More Seasons of "Game of Thrones"

Helen Sloan/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The fifth season of the HBO hit Game of Thrones aired this year. How much longer will the fantasy drama remain on TV? The president of programming for HBO envisions at least a few more sessions.

Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Michael Lombardo said, “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is, how much beyond the seven seasons are we going to do.”

He added that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are "feeling like there are probably two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Lombardo defended the violence depicted on Game of Thrones, which includes a brutal rape scene during season five. He said of the show's producers, "I support them fully artistically."   

Lombardo also confirmed that Jon Snow, who was stabbed repeatedly in this year's season finale, is indeed dead.

Season six is currently in production and will air in 2016.

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Friday
Jul312015

Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan Controversy: 'We've All Talked Trash'

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed to learn that fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan used racial slurs in a sex tape. However, he does not consider the Hulkster, whose birth name is Terry Bollea, to be a racist.

Johnson, who once wrestled Hogan at a WWE WrestleMania pay-per-view, commented on the controversy Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

The man also known as "The Rock" said, "I've known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the '70s when he was breaking into the business....I had not known the man to be racist."

He added that he wasn't justifying Hogan's remarks in the sex tape, but, "We've all talked trash, you know, especially in private. He said what he said, and he's paying the price."

After Hogan's use of slurs came to light, WWE cut ties with him and he released a statement saying, "Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it."

Johnson was at the press tour to promote his HBO series, Ballers.

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Friday
Jul312015

Cara Delevingne's Awkward Interview Defended by "Paper Towns" Author

Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Cara Delevingne's now-infamous morning TV show interview in support of the film Paper Towns, in which the anchors accused her of being "in a mood," has sparked a heated debate over whether or not her behavior was justified, and now the book's author has come to Cara's defense.

In an essay in Medium on Thursday, John Green particularly takes issue with the fact that one of the anchors asked Delevingne if she had read the book on which the movie was based.

“Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying —not least because her male co-star, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it,” Green writes.

Green further defends the 22-year-old model/actress' responses by noting, "I’ve done something like 300 on-camera interviews. As you get asked the same questions again and again, you develop rote responses as a way of protecting yourself. The rote responses are true — the cast really was like a family; we really are all still friends — but in the repetition, the answers start to feel less and less honest."

"Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script. She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry," he continues. "I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed — and that’s precisely why she’s so f****** interesting."

Delevingne tweeted a screenshot of an excerpt from Green’s essay on Thursday, along with the caption, “Whoever said this! Thank you so much!”

When Green replied that he was the author, she responded, “thank you so much john!! I just read the article and it made me want to cry! You are so special!! I am so happy I know you x.”

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me,” Delevingne later wrote, then added, “I work really really hard and love what I do, I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

Delevingne previously brushed off the incident on Wednesday, writing, “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour.

Paper Towns is in theaters now.

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Friday
Jul312015

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Vacation Together

Justin Stephens((LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer seem to be the newest celebrity BFFs.

On Thursday, the Trainwreck star tweeted photos of a recent vacation with some of her girlfriends.

group shot, captioned “Binders of women,” shows a group shot of the funny woman, 34, and her friends on the float in the water. In the back, a bikini-clad Lawrence, 24, can be seen lifting her arms and feet in the air.

In another, Amy and Jennifer are seen zipping along the water on a jet ski, with the caption, Jlaw #maniac.

Schumer and J-Law's friendship began when the Hunger Games star sent a tweet during Comic-Con earlier this month, in which she pitched the idea of a Kickstarter to get Schumer to sign on as the next Bachelorette. Schumer later tweeted a funny reaction video.

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