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Oct182018

Peter Dinklage helped Jamie Dornan run lines for 'Fifty Shades Freed'

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Well, this is quite the visual. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage said he helped Jamie Dornan practice his lines for Fifty Shades Freed.

Dinklage said he helped Dornan rehearse for the erotic drama in their dressing room while the two were shooting the new film My Dinner with Hervé, in which they both star.

"I read some of the screenplay, though, in our dressing room,” Dinklage said. "I went in, he had to do some reshoots for Fifty Shades and I would help him out learning lines.”

He added, "I would read the Dakota Johnson parts. I was just helping a friend learn lines. I nailed it. I really did.”

While Colbert tried to compare the intense fan bases of both Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades, Dinklage said they are “very different.”

"I think Game of Thrones fans would take issue with comparing the two because Game of Thrones fans are very specific and lovely,” he said. “Fifty Shades fans have issues. It’s all suppressed issues, I think.”

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Thursday
Oct182018

Kristen Bell uses 'Snow White' to teach daughters what NOT to do

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Just because Kristen Bell played Anna in Disney’s Frozen doesn’t mean she thinks all fairy tale princesses are good role models.

In a new interview with Parents magazine, the star of The Good Place says she uses the story of Snow White as a teachable moment for her two young daughters, five-year-old Lincoln and three-year-old Delta.

"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?'” she says.

“I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right.'"

She also discusses the scene where the prince kisses Snow White. "Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" Bell says she asks her daughters. "Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!"

While Bell uses the fairy tale to teach her kids lessons, Keira Knightley said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week that she has flat-out banned certain Disney movies in the presence of her three-year-old daughter, Edie.

Knightley says she won’t let her daughter watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid because the lead princesses depend too much on men, but Frozen is OK.

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Thursday
Oct182018

'Westworld' stars score big pay bumps

Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood; John P. Johnson/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The lead actors of HBO's existential sci-fi drama Westworld will all be getting raises in advance of the Emmy-winning series' third season.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton -- who reportedly earn in the $100,000-$150,000 per episode range -- will each make $250,000 an episode.

James Marsden and Tessa Thompson, who have prime roles in the drama, weren't included in the salary negotiations, suggesting their futures on the series may be up in the air.

Westworld is set in a fictional resort where android "hosts" indistringuishable from humans play Wild West characters that interact with paying human visitors.  The problems begin when some androids become self-aware and question their existence.

Westworld wrapped up its second season in June, a month ater being renewed for a third season.

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Thursday
Oct182018

Anthony Mackie breaks down the "amazing story" of 'The Hate U Give' and why he "wanted" to be in the film 

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of its release on Friday, Anthony Mackie is breaking down The Hate U Give and it's "amazing story."

"[The film is] about this young lady who witnesses her boyfriend, best friend, being murdered by the police," Mackie tells ABC Radio. "And she has to make an interesting decision. Does she basically snitch, and tell the story of what happens and go against the police as well as the community and deal with the ramifications and the fallout of that? Or, does she keep her mouth shut like everybody is telling her to do?"

The Avengers star says the film is much more than just a Black Lives Matter narrative, it's a "coming of age story."

"[It's about] a young woman coming to power and coming to her personal independence of speaking her mind and being honest," he explains.

In the film Mackie plays King, a local drug dealer and former associate of Starr's father Maverick. Mackie, who's been a staple in the Avengers franchise playing the superhero Falcon, says he was quick to jump on the project.

"I wanted to do it, because it's very important," he says. "I've worked with George Tillman [director] three times now and seeing a young woman find her voice and get an opportunity as the star of a studio movie is few and far between. So, when I read the script I felt like... It was-- if I have any little bit of star to add to that, to make sure that that story is told, I would add that star to that." 

The Hate U Give, also starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby, hits theaters nationwide on Friday.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Pretty Little Travelers: Shay Mitchell launches new lifestyle travel brand

Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Shay Mitchell wants to help you travel in style.

The former Pretty Little Liars actress and current You star has launched a new line of affordable travel gear. The brand, called BEIS (pronounced BASE), consists of seven items so far: the Duffle, the Weekender, the Backpack, the Dopp Kit, the Makeup Case, the Passport Holder, and the Luggage Tag.

The items come mostly in neutral beige and black colors, with the passport holder and luggage tags coming in more colorful options. The products run from $12 to $83 and are available for purchase on the BEIS website and through Nordstrom.com.

“Throughout my life and career, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world,” Mitchell writes on Instagram. “After countless trips and Shaycations, I realized there was a need for chic, affordable and durable pieces for travelers like myself.”

The brand is also partnering with Girl Up, a global leadership initiative for young women. A portion of the proceeds get donated to the initiative with every purchase.

And if you need some travel inspo, Mitchell has a series on her YouTube channel called "Shaycation," which showcases her travels around the globe.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

'The Conners' scores solid ratings but can’t top 'Roseanne' premiere

ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems The Conners are doing just fine without Roseanne -- at least, so far.

The ABC spin-off series premiered Tuesday night to solid ratings, making it TV’s number-one series debut this season. It brought in 10.5 million viewers, topping NBC’s Manifest, which debuted with 10.4 million viewers on September 24.

The Conners was TV’s most-watched series debut since ABC’s The Good Doctor in 2017, as well as ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years.

While the show certainly did well, it still debuted way below the premiere of the initial Roseanne revival earlier this year. The one-hour Roseanne premiere back in March drew a staggering 18.4 million viewers. The Conners was, however, on par with the ratings for the Roseanne season finale.

Tuesday night’s episode revealed Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose following knee surgery. Roseanne Barr was booted from the show in May over a tweet she made that was widely seen as racist.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Watch now: 'The Incredibles 2' DVD to feature new short film, 'Auntie Edna'

Disney•Pixar(BURBANK, CA) -- The Incredibles 2 is heading to home release with some super-cool extra features.

One of the bonus features is a new short film, called Auntie Edna, which shows designer Edna Mode pulling an all-nighter to design a super-suit for baby Jack-Jack.

The home release will also include 10 deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, animation outtakes, the theatrical short Bao, and featurettes showcasing Pixar’s artists.

Disney-Pixar's The Incredibles 2 arrives digitally on October 23 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on November 6.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

MTV’s 'The Real World' getting three new seasons on Facebook Watch

MTV(CANNES, FRANCE) -- The Real World is ready for a real comeback.

MTV has announced that it's partnering with Facebook Watch to develop three all-new seasons of the reality show to debut in spring 2019.

The new seasons will take place in Mexico, Thailand and the U.S. The series will still feature “seven strangers” picked to have their lives recorded under one roof, but there will be extra opportunities for fan engagement this time around.

Facebook users will get to vote one housemate onto the show and they’ll be able to connect with the cast through Facebook Live.

“MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, says in a statement.

He adds, “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Tara Reid refutes claims she caused a "disturbance" on Delta flight

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tara Reid is hitting back at reports that she caused a “disturbance” on a Delta flight Monday and was kicked off the plane.

In a lengthy Instagram statement, the Sharknado actress says she left the plane willingly after a flight attendant would not allow her dog to sit with her.

She says her three-month-old puppy is her emotional support dog and that she had the proper paperwork to travel with it, but a flight attendant insisted she place the dog in an overhead bin or the belly of the plane.

Reid calls this a “ridiculous request” and says she was not about to abandon her dog, so she “gracefully declined and deboarded the plane on my own accord without any incident.”

"Within minutes, I was back on another plane with a different (dog friendly) airline which accepted that I carry my dog on the plane with me on my lap, heading to my destination," she says.

In a statement Monday, Delta had characterized the incident as a “customer disturbance” on their flight from Los Angeles to New York. Witnesses also told TMZ that Reid was removed for “complaining loudly.” But video taken by a passenger shows Reid calmly deplaning with her puppy in her arms.

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Bye, Bye, Big Bird: 'Sesame Street’s' original Big Bird puppeteer retiring after 50 years

HBO(NEW YORK) -- Caroll Spinney, the man who originated Big Bird on Sesame Street, is leaving the show after nearly 50 years.

The New York Times reports that Thursday will be the 84-year-old’s last day on the job. Since 1969, Spinney has played the part of the gentle giant Big Bird, as well as the garbage can-dwelling Oscar the Grouch.

“I always thought, 'How fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?'” Spinney tells the Times. “Playing Big Bird is one of the most joyous things of my life.”

He adds that retiring wasn’t something he had been contemplating for a while, but in recent years the physical demands of the characters had become difficult for him.  Spinney stopped puppeteering Big Bird in 2015 and has since only been providing the voices for him and Oscar.

Spinney's final voice recordings will be used in the upcoming 50th anniversary of Sesame Street episode, which will air next year on HBO and in 2020 on PBS.

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