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Aug112017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Everything we know about Carrie Fisher's role 

Lucasfilm/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Entertainment Weekly has revealed new details of Carrier Fisher's last film as the iconic Princess Leia Organa.

Last Jedi director Rian Johnson tells the magazine in this final run, Leia is still in command of the Resistance, but "cut off," after the Republic was almost completely destroyed in 2015's The Force Awakens by the powerful First Order weapon Starkiller Base.

"The Resistance is isolated, and they’re very, very vulnerable. That’s where we pick them up," he added. "While I was figuring out what her deal was going to be in this film, it’s one of the things I talked about with Carrie before I started writing: where the character would go."

Johnson referenced Leia's ability to lose and still move forward in past films, like when she lost her home planet in the very first 1977 film and most recently the love of her life Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford. Solo was killed in The Force Awakens by his and Leia's own son Kylo Ren.

"She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it," Johnson tells EW. "She focuses on moving forward and the task at hand."

Johnson also said he hopes this final film leaves Leia and all Star Wars fans satisfied.

"It’s not like we made the film thinking that we were bringing closure to the character. But watching the film, there’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie," the director added.

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.

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Friday
Aug112017

Goodbye, Clone Club: 'Orphan Black' finale airs this weekend

Tatiana Maslany as Cosima and Sarah in “Orphan Black”; image courtesy BBC America(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, we'll say goodbye to Sarah, Helena, Cosima, Alison and the rest of the "sestras," as BBC America's cult sci-fi series Orphan Black closes out its five-year run.

The show's executive producer, Graeme Manson, tells Entertainment Weekly, "We’ve really got a fantastic finale that plays out our entire series end game. We’ve put our characters in the deepest, darkest hole, and they now have to get out."

Manson also suggests that while watching the finale, fans may want take "trips to Costco for bulk Kleenex" and have some "fortified wine" or "brandy" ready for all strong emotions it will evoke.

While the finale is on Saturday, there are still plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the series, which stars Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany as a group of female clones, all of whom were created as part of a vast conspiracy they've been working for five seasons to unravel.  While it's unlikely that there will be a happy ending for every clone, Maslany says that's not what's important.

"I just wanted an ending that feels real, and that's not happy or sad, but makes people think and question," she told ABC Radio.

What is important is that without the show's devoted fans, who call themselves "Clone Club," Orphan Black never would have lasted for five seasons.  Maria Doyle Kennedy, who plays clone Sarah Manning's adoptive mother, Mrs. S, tells ABC Radio, "Our fans made the show."

"From the very beginning we've always called it 'the weird little show that could' and Clone Club just found it, and grabbed hold of it and, in a very old-fashioned way spread the word for us," says Kennedy. "We're so indebted to them."

The Orphan Black series finale airs Saturday night on BBC America.

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Friday
Aug112017

HBO reportedly offered hackers $250K ransom 

Image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) -- HBO apparently offered to pay $250,000 to hackers that breached its data and have been leaking it online, according to an email the hackers leaked on Thursday, reports Variety.

A message, dated July 27, sent to the hackers by an HBO executive, apparently in response to a ransom demand, offered a "bounty payment" of a quarter of a million dollars, as part of an effort to reward "white hat IT professionals" for bringing data breaches to the company's attention, according to Variety.  The magazine  says that a source close to the investigation has confirmed the email.

The source said the message was part of a stalling tactic to give the company time to assess the nature and severity of the breach.

HBO did not comment for the Variety report.

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Friday
Aug112017

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder plan "one month of silence" after their baby is born

Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are going to extreme lengths to ensure they cherish the first days they'll have with their first child, due later this year.

"We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves," the mom-to-be told Fit Pregnancy and Baby.

"After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence," Reed continued. "Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. Otherwise, every five minutes it would be, ‘How are you feeling? Can we have a picture?’"

The Twilight actress explained why she and her husband are being so strict with access to their newborn.

"You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present," she said.

Reed and Somerhalder wed in 2015. In May they announced on Instagram that they were expecting their first child.

The Vampire Diaries actor also seems to be really loving this time with his wife.

"Ian jokes that he wants to keep me pregnant forever," Reed said in the magazine.

"I’m a very driven person with lots of energy," she went on. "I can run multiple companies, read four books at once, and take a conference call while cooking dinner. But pregnant, I’m a better version of myself. I’m really chill and relaxed, which I think is the greatest blessing."

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Friday
Aug112017

Taylor Swift on the stand: "It was a very long grab...he stayed latched on to my bare [butt]"

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Day four in the case of Mueller vs. Swift Thursday saw Taylor Swift on the stand in Colorado, testifying about the night in 2013 that she claims deejay David Mueller groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet.  She's insistent that Mueller deliberately grabbed her.

Mueller is suing the pop superstar, saying her claim that he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013 is false and caused him to be fired.  Taylor is counter-suing, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact." 

Swift said Mueller and his then-girlfriend, both of whom posed for a photo with her, appeared to be "drunk" at the meet-and-greet.  Of the alleged incident, which took place during that photo, Swift said it was "a very long grab. Long enough for me to be completely sure that it was intentional."

She said the grab was under her skirt.  At first, she thought it was a mistake, so she moved, "but it didn't let go."

"He stayed latched on to my bare a** cheek as I lurched away from him," said Swift. "I got as far away from him as I could."

She said she didn't report the incident at first, because there were many other fans waiting to meet her and she didn't want to ruin their night.  Swift admitted, under questioning, that her bodyguard didn't do anything during the grab, and also said she told her photographer about it after.

Swift said that despite all the talk of the incident being merely "jostling" or "rib-touching," she's pointed out that she's experienced plenty of awkward jostling in her career and "this was not jostling."

"He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my arm, He did not touch my hand," Swift stated, "He grabbed my bare a**."

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Friday
Aug112017

"Annabelle: Creation" and "The Glass Castle" among this week's new releases

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Annabelle: Creation -- The fourth film in The Conjuring film series takes place several years after the tragic death of a dollmaker and his wife's young daughter. After taking in children from a shuttered orphanage, they are soon targeted by the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. Starring Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia. Rated R.

* The Glass Castle -- Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson star in this drama based on Jeanette Walls' 2005 biography about dysfunctional upbringing. Also starring Naomi Watts and Max Greenfield. Rated PG-13.

* The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature -- Will Arnett is back as Surly the squirrel in this animated adventure in which he and his friends, must now stop an evil mayor -- voiced by Bobby Moynahan -- from destroying their home to make way for an amusement park. Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph and Jackie Chan also star. Rated PG.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Good Time -- The crime drama stars Robert Pattinson as a bank robber who finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. Rated R.

* Ingrid Goes West -- Parks & Recreation's Aubrey Plaza stars as an unhinged Pennsylvania social media stalker who moves to Los Angeles and befriends the object of her obsession -- played by Elizabeth Olsen -- in this twisted dramedy. Rated R.

* The Only Living Boy in New York -- Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate -- played by Callum Turner -- sees his world come crashing down at the hands of his father's mistress. Also starring Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale and Pierce Brosnan. Rated R.

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Thursday
Aug102017

RuPaul's life to be subject of new Hulu series

RuPaul with Lady Gaga on "RuPaul's Drag Race"; image courtesy VH1(NEW YORK) -- RuPaul's got a new TV show on the way.

The star of RuPaul's Drag Race will be the subject of Queen, a forcoming dramedy on Hulu produced by J.J. Abrams, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Queen will tell the story of RuPaul's rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon and global star. RuPaul --  born RuPaul Andre Charles -- is co-executive producing the half-hour pilot, set in the 1980s during the Reagan era.

No word yet on when Queen will debut.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Jimmy Kimmel says former Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama reached out about his son

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After Jimmy Kimmel opened up about his newborn son's emergency heart surgery in May, he received an outpouring of support from fans.

Kimmel tells the Hollywood Reporter he also received "very nice" letters from former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as several members of Congress after he pleaded on-camera for politicians to enact universal health care.

Kimmel said health care shouldn’t be "a red or blue issue," and added he’d "love" to talk to President Donald Trump about it.

"I don't see what the difference between health care and education is. Every kid should have a right to an education,” Kimmel told the Hollywood Reporter. “We don't seem to have a problem with paying for that. I was relieved when the [GOP bills] failed to pass, but it's far from over.

"I worry that those who oppose Obamacare are going to do everything they can to make sure it doesn't work. Nothing is perfect, but when people are working against something, it makes it a tough road."

Kimmel, 49, spoke out three months ago about his son, Billy, who required surgery for a heart defect just days after he was born. During an emotional monologue on his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live! he pleaded with politicians to come together to ensure health care for all Americans, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.

"I knew I had to say something, and I knew that I would get emotional. It occurred to me that maybe we could make it into something positive," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "I had a lot of time to think at the hospital, and it just so happened that our government was deciding whether or not millions of people should have health care at that time. I think it made a big impact on American citizens. I'm not sure, based on how our so-called leaders voted, whether it made a big impact on the Senate or House."

As for his son, Kimmel told the publication he needs two more surgeries but is "doing great." Late last month, the comedian and his wife, Molly McNearney, shared photos of the three-month-old boy, and encouraged their followers to stay politically active.

"Remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care [Billy] got," Kimmel wrote.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Rebel Wilson suffers concussion while shooting new movie 

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rebel Wilson isn't letting something like a little concussion keep her down.

The Pitch Perfect 3 star took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she suffered a concussion while shooting her upcoming movie, Isn't It Romantic, on New York's Long Island earlier that day.

"Started the day with a fall that led to a mild concussion...yet somehow looking not bad at 7pm...," she captioned a photo of herself wearing a purple dress and sitting on a bench in a garden.

"Thank you to everyone on Long Island who helped me today in the emergency room & ambulance," she added.

Wilson shared the same picture on Twitter with the message, "Slaying my mild concussion suffered today! Won't be doing any crazy stunts the next few days though!"

Isn’t It Romantic, slated for a 2019 release, also stars The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth and Quantico's Priyanka Chopra.

Pitch Perfect 3, co-starring Anna Kendrick, Britney Snow, Anna Camp and Elizabeth Banks, opens nationwide December 22.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Donald Glover's not interested in being "the next Ron Howard" 

Donald Glover with his 2016 Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, for “Atlanta”: Robby Klein/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover talks about his legacy in this week's The Hollywood Reporter cover story, and, among other things, reveals why he doesn't want to be the next Ron Howard.

Glover, who will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo film, directed by Howard, says, “I don't want to be the next Ron Howard or the next anybody else,” explaining, "My job is to do what Ron could have never done.”

Howard, replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller who split over creative differences with the studio, Lucasfilm, and Glover admits that it left him feeling a bit intimidated.

“Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is … [but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, 'I know I'm not your first choice …' And you worry about that,” he tells THR.

“I feel like I was the baby in the divorce, or the youngest child,” he adds. “The oldest child is like, 'We know what's happening, but we are keeping you out of it.' And I'm just like, 'Was that scene good? How did you feel?’”

Glover was even more tight-lipped when discussing Atlanta's upcoming second season, only offering, “I don't want to go into season two [with the mindset of] ‘Enough people liked it so just keep those people,’ because then you begin to give your audience a methadone drip of bull**** that keeps them happy as opposed to, ‘We did something controversial and more people were interested.’”

Both season two of Atlanta and the as yet untitled Han Solo movie are set to debut in 2018.

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