Facebook

Twitter

iTunes

RSS

 

Friday
Aug222014

Movie Review: "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (R)

Distributor: Weinstein / Dimension(NEW YORK) -- It took nine years, but we finally have Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to 2005's ground-breaking Sin City.  Those nine years have given Hollywood and the gaming industry ample time to replicate, enhance and proliferate the original aesthetic to the point that what was once so eye-popping is now boring. The solution?  Apparently, take that same look and produce it in 3D.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For features some familiar characters from the original, starting with Mickey Rourke's Marv.  After Eva Green's Ava (we'll get to her in a minute), he's the second-most visually-arresting character in the movie -- he looks like he was carved out of solid rock.  Marv also introduces us to the action when he wakes up on the street next to a dead guy after a helluva bloody night, of which he has little recollection.  Like the first film, Marv narrates his own story, retelling the events that led to this moment, and showing us he's a cold-blooded killing machine with a heart of gold.

Also returning is Jessica Alba's stripper, Nancy; the specter of Bruce Willis' hard-boiled cop, Hartigan; and Powers Boothe, whose portrayal of Senator Roark is one of the movie's true highlights, so palpable and absolute is his brand of evil. 

Speaking of evil, let's talk about Eva Green, whose Ava is the dame to kill for from the title.  Green is ideally cast: as she recently proved in 300: Rise of an Empire, she's the perfect combination of deadly and gorgeous.  She's got her ex-lover -- newcomer Josh Brolin's private eye, Dwight -- wrapped around her monochrome little finger and she literally is going to bleed him for all he's worth.  You may have heard that Green spends most of this movie naked.  She in fact spends more time naked in this movie than she would if she lived in a nudist resort, which many will consider a very good thing. 

In another storyline, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a slick, cocky gambler named Johnny, hell-bent on embarrassing Senator Roark in a game of poker.  It turns out to be a very painful decision. 

All of the performances are fine and the decision to go 3D keeps the visuals tantalizing, but Sin City: A Dame to Kill For would've been considerably more entertaining had it been a music video or videogame.  The through-line connecting all of these stories is tenuous at best and the violence soon becomes boring, simply because we never care enough about these characters to give a lick what happens to them. 

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

ABC/ Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday Nick Cannon discussed the rumors that his marriage with wife Mariah Carey is on the rocks.

"There is trouble in paradise," he told The Insider. "We have been living in separate houses for a few months."

He shot down rumors that the problems are the result of infidelity on his part and added that his children come first, no matter what he and the Grammy winner plan to do with their relationship.

"My main focus is my kids," he added.

Cannon, 33, and Carey, 44, married in 2008 and welcomed fraternal twins in 2011 -- daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

This past May, the couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary and around that time, he addressed the rumors to Parade magazine, and took a much different tone, saying there was no issue in the marriage.

"You kind of have to ignore it because every week it's something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you," he added. "It's kind of humorous, really. It couldn't be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers."

Carey's rep told ABC News, "I am not commenting on Mariah's personal life but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour."


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Gwyneth Paltrow Does Ice Bucket Challenge in Bikini, Nominates Ex Chris Martin

Phil McCarten/FOX © 2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. (LOS ANGELES) -- They may have split, but Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't above involving her ex, Chris Martin, when she did the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association.

She posted a video on Instagram, accepted the challenge, and then wrote "NOW I challenge @camerondiaz Chris Martin and @stellamccartney to the #ALSicebucketchallenge. join me in donating to alsa.org."  

In the video, Paltrow is in a two-piece bikini out in the grass, presumably in her backyard.

After almost a decade of marriage and two kids, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, announced their split in March.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Beyonce’s Mom Quashes Divorce Rumors: 'Everything’s Perfect'

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- If mom knows best, then Beyonce and Jay Z are doing just fine.

Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, took a moment Wednesday to quash rumors that the couple is headed for divorce.

Approached by a TMZ cameraman as she was leaving a lunch date with Beyonce’s former bandmate Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles, Knowles said, “Haters going to be haters and there’s nothing we can do about that.”

Asked if everything is fine between Beyonce and Jay Z, Knowles replied, “Everything’s perfect.”

She also admitted she doesn’t bother reading the gossip about her daughter and son-in-law.

“I just don’t even read the bull, you know?” Knowles said.

Rumors of trouble in the couple’s six-year marriage have been circulating since Jay Z’s infamous elevator dust-up with Beyonce’s sister, Solange, in May.

Since then, there have been reports that Beyonce had her IV engagement tattoo removed from her ring finger, that she changed lyrics to her breakup ballad “Resentment” while on tour with Jay Z, that she’s shopping for her own New York City apartment and even that she turned to pal Gwyneth Paltrow for advice on “conscious uncoupling.”

The couple hasn’t commented on any of the rumors, but Beyonce has posted plenty of snaps of her with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Split

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, apparently have called it quits. 

ABC News confirmed that their long-distance relationship -- Ryan is based in New York City while Mellencamp lives in Indiana -- proved to be too taxing for the couple.

Ryan, 52, and Mellencamp, 62, were first photographed together at the start of 2011, not long after the rocker split from his wife of 18 years, Elaine Irwin. In the years that followed, they were sometimes photographed together in Manhattan, with Mellencamp even spotted holding hands with Ryan's 8-year-old daughter, Daisy. However, last year, he told Rolling Stone, "I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."

"I'm too sensitive to live [in New York City]," he said. "I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets."

A rep for Ryan did not respond to a request for comment. A rep for Mellencamp declined to comment.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Julianne Hough Joins "Dancing with the Stars" Judges' Panel 

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show's judges' panel. On Thursday's Good Morning America, Hough explained why she's returning to the ABC dancing competition, which will also see her brother Derek competing this season.

"Well, Dancing with the Stars has always been apart of my family. I mean, that's where it all began for me so it just kind of made sense," she explained. "And when I think about what Derek and I just did on tour, with Move Live on Tour, reconnecting with the fans and just the people that have supported me from day one from Dancing with the Stars, it just felt like the right time and the right kind of opportunity."

Hough won't be replacing anyone. Instead, she'll be joining returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Hough said "the camaraderie between the judges" is what she's most looking forward to next seasonBut will it be tough judging her brother Derek and his celebrity partner on the dance floor?

"It's not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancer. It's about a collaboration," she said, after admitting she can be hard on her brother. "It's the team effort. It's what they're doing as a partnership and really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week."

ABC's Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


Watch more news videos | Latest from the US

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Report: Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon Divorce a 'Done Deal'

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.

TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a "done deal" after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple's three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he's constantly working, thus making him absent from their children's lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."

Earlier this week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBS(WASHINGTON) -- It's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.

The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.

In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.

At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.

In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song "Open Letter," in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

"Guardians" Star Chris Pratt Turns Real-Life Hero for Kids Hospital Patients

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has made good on a promise to do some good with his Star-Lord outfit he swiped from the set of the hit film.

According to a tweet and pictures posted from the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Wednesday, the actor paid a visit in full costume, and even let some of the patients try on his character's red leather duster.

The tweet read, "Star Lord (@prattprattpratt) cheered up our patients by sharing #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy! Thanks for making them smile!"

Before the blockbuster opened, Pratt told Panzer TV, "If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?"


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug212014

Experts Say There Could Be Comedy Gold for "Orange's" Kate Mulgrew

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and there's stiff competition in the comedy categories.

Many experts are predicting Orange Is the New Black will earn some gold trophies, and Kate Mulgrew has a good shot at taking the win in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Tom O'Neil, the founder of the Hollywood awards prediction website GoldDerby.com, tells ABC News Radio viewers should "watch out" for the former Star Trek: Voyager captain. "She plays the cook with the kind of Russian accent, she's very funny," O'Neil says, with the caveat, "I wouldn't bet against Allison Janney."

He explains the West Wing veteran-turned-Mom star "has five Emmy wins behind her, she just won at the Creative Arts for Masters of Sex in the guest category. I think she's got it again," explaining the Mom episode she submitted to Emmy voters has the actress "dealing with menopause and hot flashes, it's really over the top."

Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, also tells ABC News Radio that it's between Mulgrew and Janney. "Many people are picking Allison Janney and she does have a long history of Emmy love and could happen here," the expert says. "But I think the fact that her show was not widely embraced at all and Kate Mulgrew's was, and also the fact that Allison Janney's already been so recognized in her past, whereas Kate Mulgrew was never even nominated before now, I think those things will work in the favor of Orange Is the New Black."

In the supporting comedy actor category, O'Neil's betting on Veep's Tony Hale, explaining the Arrested Development star "pulled off an upset for Veep last year and I think he's going to do it again...And that combination of physical comedy and great acting and a major plot development...usually translates into Emmys."

Seth Meyers will serve as host of the ceremony, which will air live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio