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Jul212016

First Lady Kicks It Bey Style for Carpool Karaoke

©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- First lady Michelle Obama joined James Corden for a very special Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show.

Taped weeks ago, the episode was an opportunity for Mrs. Obama to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative she started with the President to help more than 60 million girls around the world stay in school. 

FLOTUS jumped in the car with Corden as he played tourist at the White House. Wearing a sleeveless pink and white dress, she highlighted a couple of places on the executive compound and made small talk before the two got down to business.

Citing Stevie Wonder as her favorite artist, Mrs. Obama joined Corden for a spirited version of Wonder’s 1970 classic, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”

Corden asked Mrs. Obama what she would miss most about the White House when she and the President leave in January, and she said she would miss the people she spent time with and worked closely with over their years there.

The two discussed secret service code names -- hers is Renaissance, the President’s is Renegade and Corden wants to be Papa Smurf or Tiramisu -- and then the First Lady got her Beyoncé on doing “Single Ladies,” and killed it with her seated choreography.

She and Corden also colaborated on the Kelly Clarkson song “This Is for My Girls,” which Dianne Warrenpenned for the Let Girls Learn initiative. The duo was joined by Missy Elliot, who is featured on the track and surprised everyone by appearing in the backseat.

With Elliot in the car, Corden easily coaxed her into leading them through “Get Ur Freak On,” which Mrs. Obama also nailed before saying goodbye. 

Incidentally, all proceeds from U.S. iTunes purchases of “This Is For My Girls” supports the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Young Musicians Perform "Star Wars" Theme Outside John Williams' Home 

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- They certainly had brass, in more ways than one.

Young musicians Michael Miller, who played the flugelhorn, a 13-year-old trumpet player Bryce Hayashi treated Star Wars composer John Williams to a performance of the film's famous theme -- right outside his Los Angeles home.

Less than a minute into the rendition, Williams himself opens his door, and eventually walks over to the musicians. "I started to listen. I thought they will never make it, and they did," Williams says, referring to the high notes in the theme, while shaking the hands of the delighted young musicians.

The moment was caught on video and posted on YouTube, where it's received more than a million views so far.

Aside from Star Wars, Williams, 84, is known for his work on other classic movies like Jaws, the Indiana Jones series and Jurassic Park.

 

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Former "Grey's Anatomy" Star Joins Shonda Rhimes' "The Catch"

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Former Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight is re-teaming with that show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, for season two of her ABC caper show The Catch.

Knight, who confirmed the news via his Instagram account, will reportedly play a recurring role on the series.

"This has been a thrilling secret to keep!" Rhimes said in a statement. "One of my favorite family members is home!"

In 2007, Knight was at the center of an on-set verbal fight with then-Grey's co-star Isiah Washington, who reportedly called him a gay slur. The incident got Washington fired from the show, and allegedly forced Knight to publicly acknowledge that he's gay -- something he hadn't made public up until that point.

Knight has since had regular roles on The Good Wife and the Hulu series 11.22.63.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Ricky Gervais to Receive Comedy Excellence Award

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Ricky Gervais will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.

He will receive the award at a gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 28. The prize recognizes "talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy."

Other honorees at the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards will include Ang Lee and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Lady Gaga Asks Fans to "Root" for Taylor Kinney Romance

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pop superstar Lady Gaga took to her Instagram account late Tuesday to let fans know that she and her fiancé, Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, aren't necessarily through just yet.

"Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," the "Born This Way" singer captioned a black-and-white photo of the two walking together. "We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared.

"Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other," adds Gaga.

Earlier, TMZ quoted sources as saying the two decided to go their separate ways earlier this month.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

"Making a Murderer" Will Return to Netflix 

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix is backing a second season of its six-Emmy-nominated documentary series Making a Murderer. According to a press release from the streaming service, the forthcoming installments will delve back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant Brendan Dassey, as their defense teams again challenge their clients' convictions and life sentences -- and prosecutors fight to have them upheld.

The pair was convicted in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach -- wrongly so, insist their lawyers and many fans of the gripping series.

"The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case," Netflix promises. 

The acclaimed series' creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, said in the statement, "We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers' interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold."

A release date for the sophomore season -- and how many episodes it will contain -- have yet to be announced.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Stars React to Garry Marshall's Death 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a sample of the celebrity reaction to the death of producer and director Garry Marshall, who passed away Tuesday at age 81:

* Henry Winkler, Happy Days star: "GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity."

* Scott Baio, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi star: "Today I lost a man who was a 2nd father to me. He discovered me and gave me a wonderful life. Garry Marshall was the most generous and talented man I've ever met. The entertainment industry has lost a comedic genius and a good man. My heart goes out to my lifelong friends the Marshall family."

* Richard Gere, Pretty Woman star, in a statement to Variety: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of ‘Pretty Woman’… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”

* Jason Alexander, Pretty Woman star: "Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP."

* Topher Grace, Valentine's Day star: "Oh man, this is a tough one. Honored I spent time with this kind man. My love to his wife and family."

* Zelda Williams, daughter of late Mork & Mindy star Robin Williams: "RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over."

* Sarah Paulson, starred in The Other Sister and New Year's Eve: "Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now."

* Jessica Alba, starred in Valentine's Day: "I had the honor to work w the legendary #GarryMarshall -thank u 4 ur comedic genius! #rip a true pioneer."

* Alyssa Milano, appeared in New Year's Eve: "I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man."

* Lea Michele, appeared in New Year's Eve: "So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed."

* Rob Lowe: "Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love."

* Tony Danza: "We lost one of the all time greatest tonight. My dear friend, Garry Marshall, has passed away. My deepest thoughts to Barbara & the family."

* Fred Savage: "So sad to hear the news about Garry Marshall. He was a kind and generous man who gave everything to his family and his work. A real loss..."

* Bob Saget: "The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend. Rest in peace Garry Marshall."

* Wendell Pierce: "My heart is broken. Comic genius, Garry Marshall has died. A cultural icon who was brilliant till the end. Always kind. Always funny! RIP."

* Albert Brooks: "R.I.P. Garry Marshall. A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film. #lostinamerica"

* Anna Kendrick: "I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy."

* Ron Perlman: "With the passing of #GarryMarshall the world got a little less funny today. Thanks for the shining moments dear sir..."

* Paul Feig: "RIP Garry Marshall. He was an amazing person and gave me my first true exposure to the industry. You will be missed. #TheDesertInnHasHeart."

* Seth Meyers: "Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story.  He will be missed."

* Emmy Rossum: "An artist and such a kind person who brought such joy. Sat in his office w him not even a year ago. Such sad news."

* Octavia Spencer: "RIP #GarryMarshall will miss that talented one"

* Marc Maron: "Garry Marshall. A class act. Sent us this photo right after his interview. Using his new WTF mug. He'll be missed."

Richard Lewis: "RIP Garry Marshall. What a devotion to the art of comedy. "Happy Days" have come and gone."

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Wednesday
Jul202016

"America’s Got Talent": George Lopez Is a Guest Judge as Seven More Acts Advance 

L-R: Howie Mandel and Sam Wills, aka Tape Face; Vivian Zink/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Judge Cuts continued on Tuesday’s edition of America’s Got Talent, with seven more acts advancing to the Live Rounds.

Mother-and-son dancers Alla and Daniel Novikov, singers Daniel Joyner and Brian Justin Crumb, magician Blake Vogt, comedian Tape Face and sideshow act Ryan Stock and AmberLynn all advanced. Malevo, an eight-man dance troupe from Argentina, was sent straight to the live shows via “the Golden Buzzer,” which is also back for this round.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Helping them this week was comedian George Lopez.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Alamo, Texas, native Daniel Joyner, 17, crooned Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Howie commented that Daniel brought “cheesiness to another level," but in a positive way. Lopez preferred to call it “showmanship,” while Mel B called it “hot.”

Magician Blake Vogt borrowed a $100 bill from George and a one dollar bill from Howie. After tearing off a corner off each, Vogt ate the bills and regurgitated them with each edge attached to the opposite bill. All five judges were impressed, including Simon, who called it “a great, great" second audition.

Mother-and-son dance team Alla and Daniel Novikov -- ages 32 and eight, respectively -- won over the judges with their routine to Pitbull’s “Fireball.” Simon warned that only seven of Tuesday’s acts would go through, but believed America could get behind the duo.

Tape Face is a comic mime who performs with his mouth taped shut. His act included placing pieces of tape on Howie’s shirt to form a set of eyes and a nose. Then, while standing behind Mandel, he stretched his arms around the judge’s stomach, completing the face with the open side of a mailing envelope as the mouth, opening and closing to Elvis Presley’s “Return to Sender.” Simon compared Tape Face to classic silent comics Charlie Chaplain and Mr. Bean.

Argentinian dance troupe Malevo combined dance, acrobatics and drums into their routine, which drew a standing ovation from the judges. Simon called the act “brilliant.” Lopez didn’t comment, but pressed his Golden Buzzer, sending the act straight through to the live shows.

Ryan Stock was assisted by his wife AmberLynn as he performed a series of dangerous stunts, including extinguishing a blowtorch with his tongue, balancing a running chainsaw on his teeth and swallowing a long drill. Cowell called the act “a human horror movie.” Heidi found the act hard to watch, insisting she couldn’t “join the fan club.”

Finally, singer Brian Justin Crum brought the house down with his emotional version of Radiohead’s “Creep." Howie called it a “moving performance.” Heidi declared Justin was one of the best singers on the show this season.

America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

"Happy Days" Creator, "Pretty Woman" Director Garry Marshall Dead at 81

Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(BURBANK) -- Garry Marshall, a writer, director and actor who created the classic sitcoms The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, and directed the film Pretty Woman, has passed away. He was 81.

He died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California, according to his rep. Funeral services will be private.  A memorial is being planned for his birthday in November.

Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York, on November 13, 1934. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and worked as a reporter after graduation. In 1961, Marshall moved to Los Angeles, and worked as a writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Joey Bishop Show and The Lucy Show.

Along with his friend, the late writer Jerry Belson, he adapted the Neil Simon play The Odd Couple for television. The show starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall and ran for five seasons, becoming an iconic part of American television.

On his own, Marshall created the enormously successful series Happy Days, which premiered on ABC in 1974. The show ran for 11 seasons and made household names of cast members Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Pat Morita and Scott Baio.

The show was so successful it spawned several spin-offs, including Mork & Mindy, which made Robin Williams a superstar, and Laverne & Shirley, which featured his sister Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander and Michael McKean.

Marshall also brought his talents to the big screen as a director. Among his most famous films were the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell comedy Overboard; the Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey melodrama Beaches; and the enormously successful 1990 Julia Roberts/Richard Gere romantic comedy Pretty Woman.

Pretty Woman earned an Oscar nod for Roberts and, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed $463 million worldwide.

Marshall's most recent film was this year’s Mother's Day, starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts.

Marshall could also be found in front of the camera, notably in the movies Soapdish and A League of Their Own and in a recurring role on TV's Murphy Brown as Candice Bergen's boss, Stan Lansing.

Marshall earned five Primetime Emmy nominations during his career. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

Marshall is survived by his wife, his two sisters, and three children, including director Scott Marshall. 


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Tuesday
Jul192016

A Fourth "Star Trek" Movie Is On the Way

Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek Beyond”; Image credit: Kimberley French/Paramount(NEW YORK) -- The crew of the USS Enterprise will embark on another big-screen Star Trek adventure.

Paramount Pictures has announced that a fourth film in the rebooted franchise is on the way.  

Not much is known about the new film other than that Chris Pine -- again reprising his role as Captain Kirk -- will cross paths with a man he's never met, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father George Kirk, played by Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009's Star Trek.  George Kirk also appeared to die, quite difinitively, in that film, so it'll be interesting to see how father and son meet.

The remaining Star Trek movie cast is also expected to return, with the sad exception of Anton Yelchin as Chekhov -- the actor was killed last month in a freak auto accident.  There's as yet no word on whether the part will be re-cast, or if the classic Star Trek character will be absent from the movie.

J.J. Abrams , who directed and produced the first two Star Trek movies and co-produced the latest, Star Trek Beyond, will produce the fourth installment, along with 10 Cloverfield Lane's Lindsey Weber.

Star Trek Beyond opens Friday.

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