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Tracy Morgan to Give First Interview Since Highway Accident on ‘Today’
On the heels of reaching a settlement in his lawsuit against Walmart, Tracy Morgan will give his first TV interview, since he was critically injured in a highway crash last June, Monday on “Today.”
Morgan will sit down with Matt Lauer and his lawyer Benedict Morelli on June 1. Morelli told Lauer on Thursday that the former “30 Rock” star has a “new lease on life.”
A Walmart semi-truck rear-ended Morgan’s limo on the New Jersey Turnpike last year, leaving one man dead (Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian Jimmy McNair) and severely injuring three others. Morgan suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, a broken nose and severe head trauma.
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” Morgan said in a statement on Wednesday following the settlement. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”
Walmart also agreed to pay a $10 million »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Henry Cavill pulls out of ‘Stratton’
Exclusive: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
Gfm Films is providing finance and worldwide sales and was selling the film at Marché du Film in Cannes last week.
But Gfm co-founder Guy Collins told ScreenDaily that it was now contacting distributors to inform them of the change.
“After securing many distribution deals ahead of the market, we had a really good Cannes and had closed more deals ahead of production next week,” said Collins.
“But just before leaving Cannes last Friday we were informed by the production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
New SENSE8 Character Trailers Reveal the Chosen Ones
For those not too jaded by a Wachowski sibling project after Jupiter Ascending, their new series, Sense8, is debuting its 12 episodes on Netflix in just a few days (June 5th, to be exact). The series follows 8 individuals from all over the world, who become linked as “sensates” (puns!) both mentally and emotionally. They can access each other’s knowledge, language, and skills, but also each other’s deepest secrets. In the new character trailers below, a little 8 in the corner marks the moment that character becomes connected to another sensate. As they are told, “you are no longer just you, you have 7 other selves.” Naveen Andrews’ character does not seem to be on the 8 though, but some sort of a guide. But what is the end game? And what is this connection supposed to help them do? [caption id="attachment_463145" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Murray Close/Netflix[/caption] You can learn more about each of »
- Allison Keene
Joe Wright to Direct Survival Drama ‘The Lifeboat’, Starring Anne Hathaway
With Pan just about ready to go, Joe Wright may have found his next project. He’s in talks to helm The Lifeboat, based on the novel by Charlotte Rogan. Anne Hathaway is attached to star as a woman who finds herself in a tough situation after narrowly surviving the sinking of a transatlantic ship. Get all the […]
- Angie Han
‘The Lobster’ tops Cannes winners social media buzz
Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan may have won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but it was Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster that sparked the most mentions on social media, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.
Way To Blue ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 990,000 mentions from May 13-24.
However, that figure was down 29% compared to Cannes 2014, when stars such as Robert Pattinson – a big draw for fans on social media – attended the festival.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Theater Review: Does Jim Parsons, as God, Knock 'Em Dead?
For all its celebration of personal liberty and countercultural fabulousness, Broadway is actually a fairly God-positive place. Producers are not, after all, in the business of alienating potential audiences with gratuitous sacrilege. The nuns in Sister Act are sassy, not schismatic; Tevye’s a hondler, not an apostate. Even The Book of Mormon, for all its nose-thumbing, ends up endorsing the irrational power of faith in the same way it endorses the irrational power of musicals. So it comes as quite a surprise that David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, which promotes itself as a lighthearted new comedy, is actually one of the most vehement takedowns of the deity ever to reach Broadway. Perhaps the tipoff is that it’s playing at Studio 54, where, as the title character recalls, Liza Minnelli once sniffed Mick Jagger off Elizabeth Taylor.I say “title character,” but Javerbaum’s premise is that God, »
- Jesse Green
‘Testament of Youth’ Review: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington Headline a Passionate Pacifist Drama
Pacifism is extinct as a populist political platform, replaced by the bipartisan and inoffensive talking point of “Support the Troops.” No single film will restore its influence, but the World War I-set “Testament of Youth” makes a passionate and sensible case for it through devastating, melancholy, persevering drama. The can-do idealism and soft-lit romance that begin the film soon abandon us to the cruel terribleness thereafter. Shortly before the assassination of a far-off archduke changes her life completely, aspiring poet Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) revels in achieving her life goal: to be admitted to Oxford, where women can attend classes. »
- Inkoo Kang
Reynaldo Rey, ‘Friday’ Actor, Dead at 75
Actor Reynaldo Rey, who appeared in films “Friday” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” died Thursday. The actor and comedian was 75. Rey’s manager Vanzil Burke told the Associated Press that the actor died at a Los Angeles hospital from complications after suffering a stroke. A native of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, Rey earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State Teacher’s College. He later launched his career in comedy in Cleveland where he was a teacher and performed theater. He then moved to New York City, joined the Harlem Theater Group and made his first film. Also »
- Deborah Day
‘Results’ Review: Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce Lampoon Gym Culture
“Results” begins as a scattershot satire of hyper-intense trainers, but eventually gives way to an unexpectedly sweet romantic comedy. But this droll, intelligent farce is most poignant as a portrait of modern alienation that explores how money, service work and self-improvement leave individuals stranded and alone. The trainer-trainee relationship can be awfully intimate, which is probably what Danny (Kevin Corrigan) hopes for when he signs up for two years of one-on-one sessions — in his house. The disheveled divorcé tells gym owner Trevor (Guy Pearce in his native Aussie accent), “I want to learn how to take a punch,” a »
- Inkoo Kang
Shanghai Film Festival: Record Number of Entries Unveiled, Strong Asian Focus
The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival has received a record 2,096 entries from 108 countries and regions, organizers said, and this year's event will have a strong Asian focus. Among the films nominated for the Golden Goblet Award are Sunstroke, from Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov, Kang Je-kyu's Salut D'amour, Cake by Daniel Barnz from the U.S. and Taiwan director Wang Tung's Where the Wind Settles. The nominations also include Polish director Jacek Lusiński's Carte Blanche, The Duchess of Warsaw by France's Joseph Morder (France), Jameh Daran by Iran's Hamid Ghotbe, The Midwife by Antti
- Clifford Coonan
Two Genius Teens Tie as Champions of National Spelling Bee—See Their Insane Winning Words!
Amazing. A-m-a-z-i-n-g. Use it in a sentence? Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam are amazing. Boom. We win. No, but really, these two young teens (and we think it's fair to call them geniuses) tied as winners for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, which is the second year in a row that something like this has happened. Aside from these past two years, a tie for first place hadn't happened in over 50 years! How were two competitors declared winners, you ask? Fair question. Basically Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kan., and Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Miss., were so good that there weren't enough words left on the competition's list for them to keep facing off until »
’19 Kids’ Star Josh Duggar Faces Gop Backlash Amid Molestation Scandal
Josh Duggar is slowing becoming persona non grata among the political right. The “19 Kids and Counting” star, a former welcome member in Republican circles, has fallen from grace following last week’s revelation that he had been accused of sexually molesting multiple underage girls, including some of his sisters. In addition to his participation in the TLC program, Duggar held a position with the Family Research Council — which he resigned from last week, after the scandal broke. Duggar had served as executive director of Frc Action, the Council’s legislative affiliate. Also Read: Inside TLC's '19 Kids & Counting' Disaster: Why Network Is Facing. »
- Tim Kenneally
Will Forte Will Help Key and Peele Find Keanu the Cat
Will Forte is joining the cast of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's comedy flick Keanu, THR reports. For the project — about two pals (Key and Peele) who pose as drug-dealers to re-steal a stolen cat — Forte is slotted to play a low-level pot dealer who's an acquaintance of Peele's character and obsessed with black culture. (In an ideal world this movie will have a crucial crossover moment with that Kevin Spacey cat movie, in which it turns out the cat Key and Peele have been looking for all along is none other than Catvin Spacey, aka Keanu. Pipe dream, but whatever. Forte and his marijuana will be crucial regardless.) The Last Man on Earth star joins Method Man and Gabrielle Union in supporting roles; they'll all reportedly begin shooting in New Orleans within the next couple months. Fun! »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Mariah Carey Says 'American Idol' "Was the Worst Experience of My Life"
Mariah Carey got candid on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O show on Wednesday, describing her time on American Idol as "the worst experience of my life." When questioned if she would return for the upcoming season 15 American Idol series finale on the radio show, Carey declined: "Hell no! Absolutely not. That was the worst experience of my life." "I’m not going to get into what it was, but let’s just say I don’t think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool,"
- Natalie Stone
Johnny Depp's Daughter, Lily-Rose, Celebrates Her ''Sour Sixteen'' With Family and Friends—See the Pics!
They just grow up way too fast. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter, Lily-Rose, recently celebrated her sweet sixteen, er, sorry, her "sour sixteen" (as she called it) with friends and family, and we just can't get over how beautiful this young lady is becoming. Lily-Rose posted a variety of photos from her special week-long celebration, which seemingly started with a fun costume party with her girlfriends and ended on the night of her actual birthday (last night) at family-favorite restaurant Ago in Los Angeles. The stunning teen shared a few shots of the decor from the party (which was appropriately filled with gorgeous flowers) and ended the b-day pics with a photo showing her petal-filled »
Friday Dad Reynaldo Rey Dies at 75
Reynaldo Rey was born to make people laugh. The veteran entertainer, who spent years opening for Redd Foxx and then became best known for playing the father of one of Ice Cube's bumbling pals in Friday, died Thursday morning, EW.com reports. He was 75. Per TMZ, which was first with the sad news, Rey passed away at a Los Angeles hospital where he was being treated for complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Rey stole his scenes as the nameless dad of DJ Pooh's Red ("Red's father" was the part) in the hit 1995 comedy Friday and he would reunite with Ice Cube later in 2008's First Sunday. The Oklahoma-born comedian's big-screen credits also included White Men »
Periscope Piles Up 380 Years’ Worth of Broadcasts in Just 3 Months
The rise of Netflix is often cited as a driving force behind the “binge viewing” fad. Indeed, Netflix subscribers are known for their dedicated consumption, often sitting down for multiple hours at a time to watch past episodes of shows like “Breaking Bad.” Now, with the introduction of live-streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, we may need to address a new fad: binge broadcasting. Speaking Thursday at Re/code’s Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour said that people using the live-streaming app have created 380 years’ worth of broadcasts in the eight weeks since Periscope launched. »
- Jon Erlichman
Reynaldo Rey, 'White Men Can't Jump' and 'Friday' Actor, Dies at 75
Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey, who appeared in Friday and White Men Can't Jump, died Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. He was 75. Rey's manager, Vanzil Burke, said the actor died at Los Angeles' Kindred Hospital at 5:30 a.m. from complications of a stroke he suffered from a year ago. Rey is perhaps best known for the cult 1995 F. Gary Gray film Friday, where he played the father to DJ Pooh's character Red. Other popular films he appeared in include Harlem Nights, For da Love of Money and Family Reunion: The Movie. Rey also had roles on TV shows such
- Natalie Stone
The NBA Finals: Great TV (So Long As the Warriors Win)
Even before it starts next Thursday, the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers should be a very easy sell as a great TV event. You’ve got the reigning Mvp in Steph Curry, the four-time Mvp in LeBron James – two of the greatest and most entertaining players on the planet (surrounded by other great players) – plus the battle of two franchises with previous sad-sack stories (the Cavs have never won an NBA Championship and the Warriors, in their California incarnation, last won it 40 years ago); the LeBron story of trying to win
- Tim Goodman
Rumer Willis Reveals What Bugs Her About Twins Pic With Mom Demi Moore: Watch Now!
So, did Demi Moore and Rumer Willis just show up wearing the same onesie, or...? Rumer stopped by E! News today and explained just how the instantly viral photo of her and her age-defying mom looking like twins came to be. "She had on this outfit and I thought it was really cute because we both really like overalls and onesies," the singer and reigning Dancing With the Stars champ told Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler in studio. "And she always, if I get a pair, two weeks later she's bought the same one," Rumer recalled. "So I asked her where she got it and she said, 'Oh, I actually have one that's a little bit bigger size upstairs and I put it on and then I kind of just look at »
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