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Feb172017

"The Last Jedi" is plural: Luke Skywalker's not the only one

Disney/Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- When Disney announced that the title of the next Star Wars movie was The Last Jedi, there was a lot of speculation as to its meaning.  Sure, it sounds like it's talking about one person -- presumably Luke Skywalker -- but as geeks everywhere have pointed out, the word "Jedi" is also plural, so it could be referring to more than one "Jedi" -- both Luke and Rey, for example.  Well, stop speculating: we've now got proof that it's plural.

As Mashable points out, the official Star Wars Twitter accounts for Italy, France and Spain all feature the movie's title translated into Italian, French and Spanish.  None of those three languages have a single version of the definite article, "the" -- it changes based on how many of something you're talking about.  And all three Twitter accounts use the plural version of the word "the" in the title.

In French, for example, the title is translated to Les Derniers Jedi, which means "The Last Jedi," plural.  Same in Spanish: the title is Los Últimos Jedi -- again, the "los" indicates that it's plural.  In Italian, it's Gli Ultimi Jedi, with "gli" indicating plural.

So who are The Last Jedi -- plural?  We'll find out December 17 when Episode VIII arrives in theaters.

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Friday
Feb172017

In new promo, Morgan Freeman warns Jimmy Kimmel about "blowing it" as Oscars host 

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- In a new Oscars promo, Morgan Freeman offers Jimmy Kimmel a much-needed pep talk before he hosts the Oscars for the first time next Sunday. Unfortunately, Freeman's advice isn't quite what the late-night host expects.

In the promo, Kimmel is seen looking in the mirror as he prepares himself for the Academy Awards. As Kimmel adjusts his clothing, Oscar-winner Freeman is heard giving what's meant to be an empowering speech. But after a few positive moments about Kimmel's big night, Freeman changes his tune.

"James 'Jimmy' Kimmel, a man on the precipice of hosting the Oscars," Freeman intones. "An opportunity to be the toast of the town -- or a chance to bomb so fantastically, everywhere he goes, people will say, 'Look at Sucky Sucko. He had his shot, but man, did he blow it in front of billions.'"

Kimmel then tells Freeman he's "not really helping," to which Freeman responds, "Fine, do your own damn pep talk!"

This year's Academy Awards air Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

 

 

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Friday
Feb172017

Chelsea Handler reveals new season premiere date, new night

Patrick Wymore/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The second season of Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show has a premiere date -- and a change of schedule.

Handler posted a video on social media, revealing that her Netflix talk show will be moving to a weekly format when season two launches on April 14.

Chelsea, which aired three nights a week on Netflix, will now air once a week on Fridays at 12:01 a.m. ET.  The new episodes will run an hour long instead of the 20 and 40 minute episodes in season one.

Season two also will feature international travel, more in-depth interviews, more field pieces and dinner parties.

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Friday
Feb172017

Nicole Kidman was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- Nicole Kidman sure knows how to bury the lead.

The Australian actress revealed in a new profile that she was once engaged to former beau Lenny Kravitz.

Kidman was discussing her new HBO series, Big Little Lies, and working with the only child, Zoe Kravitz, of her former flame.

"Well, I knew Zoe because I was engaged to her father. It's all in the family," she told Net-a-Porter's weekly digital magazine The Edit.

"I love Lenny. He's a great guy," she added.

In 2007 she referred to an engagement after her divorce from Tom Cruise and before her marriage to Keith Urban, telling Vanity Fair, "I got engaged to somebody ... but it just wasn't right. I wasn't ready. We weren't ready." But she didn't name the person at the time.

She married Urban in 2006, and they have two daughters.

Kidman, an Oscar winner nominated again this year for her supporting role in Lion, said Urban was there for her after she shot violent scenes in Big Little Lies.

"I was quite traumatized after [filming]," she said. "I was emotionally and physically traumatized. I'd come back, and I'd need Keith to hold me, just to feel soothed."

She explained, "I think it worked on my psyche in a way that I didn't quite realize. As an actress, I don't clock in and out. It does bleed in, and sometimes it's hard to process."

Kidman and Kravitz had a whirlwind romance in the early 2000s. But not until now has Kidman said that the couple got engaged.

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Friday
Feb172017

"Fist Fight" and "The Great Wall" among this week's new movie releases

Bob Mahoney/WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Fist Fight -- When one school teacher -- played by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day -- gets a colleague -- portrayed by rapper/actor Ice Cube -- fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight in this comedy that also features Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan. Rated R.

* The Great Wall -- Matt Damon stars in this action/adventure film about European mercenaries who search for gunpowder, but end up defending of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monsters. Also starring Willem DaFoe. Rated PG-13.

* A Cure for Wellness -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane DeHaan stars as a young executive tasked with bringing back his company's CEO from a so called "wellness center" that he soon suspects is not what it appears to be. Rated R.

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Friday
Feb172017

"Scandal" Recap: "The Belt"

ABC/Eric McCandlessOn this week's Scandal, Cyrus Beene is being taken to prison for the murder of President-elect Frankie Vargas.

As Cyrus goes to jail, Olivia and Mellie celebrate their victory at Pope and Associates with a dance.

While the gladiators leave to go home, Huck decides to stay behind to watch videos from Frankie’s campaign. He becomes intrigued with one of the staffers and decides to meet up with her.

At the White House the next day, it is revealed that David Rosen and the FBI director are seeking the death penalty for Cyrus.  Abby, who is the president’s chief of staff, and a friend to Cyrus, tells Rosen and the FBI director to drop their pursuit under the orders of the president.

Meanwhile in jail, Cyrus is put into solitary confinement. Abby enlists Elizabeth North to visit Cyrus to assure him he’s not getting the death penalty. Still concerned, Cyrus tells Liz he is going to write a love letter to Tom so that he will recant his story of Cyrus’ involvement. Liz agrees to deliver letter.

Back at the office, Huck learns from the staffer that Tom may not have killed Jenny. He tells Olivia, and she tells the gladiators that they must now find a way to prove that Tom did it for the sake of Mellie.

At the prison, Cyrus is trying to get pen and paper so he can write a letter to Tom. He eventually figures out a way to blackmail a prison guard for the items and writes the letter which he gives to Elizabeth.

At the White House, the FBI director and the president are steadily hooking up. While in bed, the FBI director tells the president about Abby following his orders for Cyrus to not get the death penalty.  The president looks shocked by the news.

The next day, the president confronts Abby about interfering with Cyrus’s investigation and tells her to back off.

Meanwhile, Cyrus’ husband Michael comes to visit him, and tells him he wants a divorce. Cyrus tells his husband that Tom’s love letter, which was intercepted by Michael from Liz, was just a “ruse” to get Tom to recant his confession. Unfortunately, Michael refuses to listen. Instead, Michael leaves the prison, while the guard, who Cyrus blackmailed, brings him outside where he is beaten up by a bunch inmates who seek revenge for Vargas’ death.

During his beating, Cyrus begins to hallucinate that Tom recanted his story, his husband forgives him and he's regained the presidency with Mellie as his vice president. Then, his dream changes and Mellie becomes president. Suddenly, Cyrus wakes up and he is lying on the prison ground bleeding.

The next day, Cyrus calls Olivia to tell her that it wasn't he who told Tom to kill Frankie Vargas. Olivia doesn’t believe him and tells him she won’t be talking to him anymore. Cyrus is devastated.

In the final scenes of the episode, Cyrus reveals he wants to kill himself and asks the guard for his belt, in which the guard agrees to give it to him when he gets off.

When the guard returns, Cyrus gets another inmate to choke the guard and open his door. They then go to Tom’s cell where they attempt to kill Tom – but Tom comes clean and confesses that he did not kill Frankie Vargas – which also exonerates Cyrus as well.

Scandal returns next Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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Friday
Feb172017

Twentieth Century Fox apologizes for "inappropriate" "fake news" promo campaign for "A Cure for Wellness"

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Twentieth Century Fox apologized on Thursday for using several fake news sites and made-up stories to promote its new movie, A Cure for Wellness, reports Variety. The controversial campaign was slammed on social media.

The studio said in a statement: "In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong."

"The digital campaign was inappropriate on every level, especially given the trust we work to build every day with our consumers.  We have reviewed our internal approval process and made appropriate changes to ensure that every part of a campaign is elevated to and vetted by management in order to avoid this type of mistake in the future. We sincerely apologize."

The promoters of the film created websites with names like NY Morning Post, Salt Lake City Guardian, Houston Leader, Sacramento Dispatch and the Indianapolis Gazette, and they posted realistic-looking news stories about completely fictional events.  One story featured President Trump holding a secret meeting with Vladimir Putin, while another said Trump was going to ban vaccinations.

The stories asked readers to send their complaints about the fictional stories by using hashtags like #ACureForWellness. That had consumers posting the A Cure for Wellness taglines, without actually knowing the stories they were commenting on were fake, and that this was just a promotion for a film.

When legitimate news organizations exposed the stunt, Fox and Regency were slammed by critics on social media for disseminating fake news at a time when the news media is already in conflict with the president over what reporting from news organizations can be trusted.

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Thursday
Feb162017

'The Big Bang Theory' headed for two-season renewal?

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS' hit comedy The Big Bang Theory is nearing a deal for a two-season renewal that could mean big bucks for the show's five original stars: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayaar.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the original five stars would earn $1 million per episode, although a formal deal has not been finalized yet. 

The Big Bang Theory is TV's highest-rated comedy, currently in its 10th season, with talk that the show's 12th season may be its last.

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Thursday
Feb162017

'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle reveals surprises about the film's elaborate opening scene

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "La La Land"; Dale Robinette/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- La La Land director Damien Chazelle, the youngest person ever to win the best director award at the Golden Globes, said the film’s elaborate opening scene almost wasn’t included in the final cut.

“We did it, we always wanted to do it, but then when we were editing the movie it seemed to not work for a long time,” Chazelle, 32, said on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “At first we thought the scene was the problem, so for about four months or so the movie just didn’t have that number in it.”

The alternative opening scene “started with a little bit between Ryan [Gosling] and Emma [Stone],” he explained.

Chazelle said it’s “tough to describe” why the theatrical dancing and singing number wasn’t working in the movie.  “It’s part of the pain and the joy of making a movie,” he said. “A lot of it you can’t really explain. You just sit and watch and something feels right or it feels wrong.”

Being able to stop traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles for an entire weekend was also no easy feat.  Chazelle credits his choreographer and crew: “They managed to convince the city to let us shoot on this freeway overpass ramp for two days on a Saturday and Sunday."

“We went in at the dead of night, piled all the cars in there,” he added. “The crew got it all ready. We started rehearsing at dawn and as soon as the sun is high, you start shooting and then you just try to cram it out until the sun sets again.”

Chazelle is a favorite to win best director at the Oscars as well, with La La Land earning a whopping 14 nominations.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Susan Sarandon says her sexual orientation is 'up for grabs' 

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Feud star Susan Sarandon got frank about her love life during an interview with the PrideSource, saying that her sexuality is "up for grabs." 

When asked if she was open about her sexuality, the 70-year-old actress told the LBGT website, "Yeah, I'm open. My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say."

Sarandon, who describes herself as a "serial monogamist," also detailed her relationship with gay actor Phillip Sayer, best known for his role in The Hunger. "Well, I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn't with another woman after me, and that worked out fine!" she says. Sayer died in 1989.

Adds Sarandon, "I don't think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference."

The Thelma and Louise star was married to actor Chris Sarandon from 1967-79, and briefly dated director Franco Amurri, with whom she shares a daughter, Eva Amurri.

In 2009, Sarandon ended a 23-year relationship with her Bull Durham co-star Tim Robbins. The couple has two children, Miles and Jack Henry Robbins.

Most recently she was linked to Jonathan Bricklin, her partner in the SPiN ping pong lounges, though both have denied having any romantic involvement.

Feud, chronicles the the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford -- played by Sarandon and Jessica Lange, respectively -- while shooting the 1962 drama, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? It premieres March 5 on FX.

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