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Thursday
Jul242014

Movie Review: “And So It Goes” (Rated PG-13)

Clarius Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas’ Oren Little is very focused on...Oren Little. He is, or at least at one time was, a very successful realtor. These days, he’s close to retirement: all he has to do is sell his sprawling ocean-side mansion.  But he’s having a tough time -- he’s unwilling to negotiate the asking price, and this old rich white dude also has trouble relating to several potential buyers who aren’t white dudes.  There’s also his sentimental attachment to the home he shared with his late wife, who died of cancer.
 
Oren is also a terrible neighbor, which is a precarious situation for the inhabitants of the apartment complex in which he lives.  That’s because he also owns the place, a fact of which all of his tenants are apparently completely unaware: that the cantankerous old man who yells at their kids and won’t move his car so a very pregnant woman can park in front of the building, is their landlord.  The only person who appears to get along with Oren is his next-door neighbor, Leah (Diane Keaton), a widow and aspiring lounge singer.  Even so, Oren is as nice to Leah as an alligator is to a turtle.
 
Just when you think writer Mark Andrus and director Rob Reiner couldn’t make Oren less likable, he refuses to take care of his 10-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, who has no place to go because her father, Oren’s son and a former drug addict, is going to prison for nine months.  Oren, by his own admission, was a terrible father who did little to help his son when he needed Oren most.  So it’s Leah who takes in Sarah and becomes the young girl’s de facto grandmother.
 
Of course, Oren and Leah are destined to fall for one another.  Indeed, their relationship is so predictable, it’s the only thing Nostradamus didn’t foresee: “In the year 2014, Michael Douglas’ Owen and Diane Keaton’s Leah will clumsily hook up, break up and get back together again in a Rob Reiner film written by Mark Andrus.  Love, Nostradamus.”
 
Michael Douglas takes pride in his ability to play unlikeable characters who win the audience over by movie’s end, and he’ll no doubt win over many people with his performance here.  But no matter how great Douglas is, it’s hard to feel bad for Owen because he’s so difficult for the average person to relate to.  Even when you finally believe he has a heart of gold, Oren and his sprawling ocean-side mansion are still obnoxious.
 
Despite its predictability and a script that feels out of touch, Douglas certainly does charm in And So It Goes, and he has excellent chemistry with Diane Keaton, who is as Diane Keaton-ish as Diane Keaton gets.  For many, that never gets old.  And so it goes.
 
Three out of five stars.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

CBS' "Late Show" to Remain in New York City When Colbert Replaces Letterman

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (NEW YORK) -- The Late Show will stay in New York's historic Ed Sullivan Theatre after Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman, officials announced Wednesday.

The decision is in line with a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 local jobs to support the daily program's schedule.

"New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

David Letterman is set to pass down the show to Colbert in 2015 after a 21-year run. The late-night host announced his retirement during an April 3 broadcast.

"David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. "When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Weird Al Yankovic Earns His First No. 1 Album with "Mandatory Fun"

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "It's official," Weird Al Yankovic tweeted early Wednesday morning after learning his new album had hit No. 1.

"MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW," the funnyman, 54, wrote.

He added, "If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it."

Yankovic has been entertaining fans for more than three decades with parodies of songs, including the Michael Jackson take-offs, "Eat It" and "Fat," but came out of nowhere this year with his new album and new hits like "Tacky" and "Handy," riffs on popular songs by the likes of Pharrell and Iggy Azalea. "Mandatory Fun" is Weird Al's 14th studio album.

Artists have come to take Weird Al's parodies as a sign of respect and are flattered by the comic musician's work.

Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he "approved" Weird Al's spoof on his song before it came to fruition.

"He wrote me a letter and I was like, 'Aww, what?!'" he said excitedly. "Yeah!"

"I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU," Yankovic added on Twitter.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Portia de Rossi to Guest Star on "Scandal"

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Portia de Rossi will join the fourth season of Scandal, and her spouse, Ellen DeGeneres, couldn’t be prouder.

The talk show host broke the news Wednesday when she bragged on Twitter about de Rossi’s “top secret” storyline on the hit ABC series.

“So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on ‘Scandal’. Oops,” DeGeneres tweeted.

Entertainment Weekly
confirmed that de Rossi will appear in a multiple-episode arc when Scandal returns on Sept. 25.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Justin Bieber's Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Justin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.

Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber's neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.

Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer's Beverly Hills, California condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.

Police would like the singer, 20, to calm down if he's going to live in their city.

“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call," Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. "We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”

Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that "he does turn down the music."

"But it is often a cat-and-mouse game," Subin said. "We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”

In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.

These incidents were Bieber's latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose, Coroner Rules

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the BBC, which attended the inquest in Britain Wednesday.

The TV presenter and daughter of musician Bob Geldof had been a heroin addict and was taking the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, but had apparently begun using heroin again.

The 25-year-old was found by her husband, Tom Cohen, slumped in a spare room of the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7. He had been away with the older of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.

Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later found 6.9 grams of heroin in the house. A syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered hidden in a box of candy next to the bed.

Cohen told the inquest looking into Geldof’s death that his wife had begun using the drug again earlier this year in February, according to the BBC.

He said he witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet but was unaware of other drugs in the house until they were found by police.

Cohen added that his wife had taken weekly drug tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago, but he now believes that she lied about the tests being negative.

According to the BBC, pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range.” Traces of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood. The pathologist also noted that puncture wounds were found on Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.

“It’s said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself but this not entirely so,” coroner Roger Hatch said at the inquest, according to the BBC.

Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when Peaches was 11 years old.

“By November last year, she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counseling that she had received,” Hatch said. “This was a significant achievement for her but, for reasons we will never know, prior to her death she returned to taking heroin.”


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey Months After Big Sean Split

Mathieu Young/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Only three months after calling off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April, Glee star Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey this past weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, People magazine reports.

"We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife," the pair told the magazine. "Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for."

"True love always prevails," the newlyweds added.

Rivera walked down the aisle in a Monique Lhuillier gown, carrying a bouquet made with daisies and baby's breath.

Rivera and Dorsey are longtime friends, according to People. The couple met four years ago when Dorsey moved to Los Angles after studying at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Whitney Houston's Mother Cissy Slams Upcoming Biopic

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Cissy Houston, 80, is not happy about Lifetime's upcoming biopic about her late daughter.

Whitney Houston's mother spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday and begged the network and anyone else listening to "please let her rest."

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections," she told ET in a statement. "No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby."

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest."

The new movie will feature Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston and will be directed by Angela Bassett.

Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this month that shooting for the film has begun and the movie will focus on the singer's relationship with Bobby Brown. Houston died in 2012 at 48 years old.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Daughter of "Real Housewives" Star Arrested for Alleged DUI

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Bella Hadid, the daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster, was arrested Tuesday morning for an alleged DUI, TMZ reports.

Reportedly, the 17-year-old was driving on California's Pacific Coast Highway around 4 a.m. when law enforcement pulled her over for running a stop sign and almost colliding with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrol car.

After a deputy smelled alcohol, they had Hadid perform a sobriety test. Her blood-alcohol concentration allegedly registered at .14, which is almost twice the legal limit in the state of California. Of course, since she's a minor, she's not supposed to have any alcohol in her system when she's driving.

Hadid was driving on a suspended license, too, according to TMZ.

Police arrested the teen and she was later released to her stepdad, famed music producer David Foster.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Inside Kerry Washington's 'Awesome' Family Outing at Disneyland

ABC/Randy Holmes(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Kerry Washington, her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, their daughter Isabelle and a nanny all enjoyed family time at Disneyland this past weekend, E! News reports.

"Thank you @Disneyland for an AWESOME time with fam & friends yesterday! #I??TowerOfTerror," the actress posted on Instagram.

The family went to the theme park around 4 p.m. and stayed for quite a while. Washington and her husband even held hands and enjoyed some rides.

The married couple of just over a year rode Disney rides like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and of course the Tower of Terror, which Washington noted as one of her favorites.

Disney tweeted right back at the ABC star, saying, "Our pleasure, Kerry! We're glad to hear even gladiators aren't afraid of dropping into the fifth dimension!” The Tower drops into the fifth dimension.

Washington and Asomugha also tasted on some churros and cotton candy, E! added.


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