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Film Review: Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman’

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“The Guns, Man” might have been a more apt title for “The Gunman,” given how much of Pierre Morel’s latest passport-brandishing shoot-‘em-up is dedicated to showcasing Sean Penn’s unexpectedly ripped physique. Sadly, Penn’s veiny, sweat-glazed biceps are the most objectively impressive feature of this rote, humorless thriller, a distinctly unconvincing attempt to refashion the star — who also co-wrote and produced — as a middle-aged action hero in the Liam Neeson mold. Covering similar stylistic territory to Morel’s megahit “Taken,” with notional political context tacked on to fit its leading man’s public persona, this curious blend of exploitation pic and vanity project certainly won’t be inaugurating an equivalent franchise, but may hit its target in ancillary.

It’s been 10 years since two-time Oscar winner Penn last headlined a multiplex-ready genre pic (Sydney Pollack’s comparatively upscale “The Interpreter,” co-starring Nicole Kidman), but there’s no »


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Breaking Greenville Sneak Peek: Watch One Meteorologist Totally Freeze During His Big Break (Video)

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[Brightcove "4097671759001" "" "" "auto"] Delivering the news is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it - unless you're Wxvt's Eric Zernich. Then you just full-on panic. One Man FreezesOn Breaking Greenville, a truTV reality show that follows news anchors at rival stations in one of the smallest news markets in America, Zernich totally blew his "shot at the majors." "This is one of the first times I've gone into the studio and gotten to present one of my feature stories," said the meteorologist in an exclusive clip obtained by People. "Hopefully someone in a bigger market out there, like New York, might »


- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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'The Gunman': Film Review

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Taking the lead protagonist role for a change instead of playing the villain (as in Gangster Squad) or a peripheral enigma (see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty orThe Tree of Life), Sean Penn stars as a reformed hitman seeking redemption in the trite action film The Gunman. Taken's Pierre Morel may be in the director's chair but Penn has credits as both a co-screenwriter and producer, and ultimately this feels like a vanity project designed to do for Penn's bankability, Africa, Spain and mercenaries what the Taken franchise did for Liam Neeson, Paris and Albanian gangsters. Ripe, borderline hammy

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Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s Leaving ‘Gotham’ After Season 1

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Gotham” star Jada Pinkett Smith has said that she won’t be returning to the hit Fox show for Season 2. The actress appeared on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning and when asked if she would be back for the previously-announced second season said, “I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham,’ believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.”

During the “Live” appearance, Smith enthused about her experience playing Fish Mooney, the ruthless mobster who mentored The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), before he betrayed her. “I get to play a character who gets to do extreme things, she’s evil, that’s always fun,” Smith said. “I’m having a good time.”

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were reluctant to accept the news of Smith’s departure, »


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NBC’s ‘Allegiance’ Gets ‘Slap’-ped off the Schedule

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NBC’s loyalty to the freshman drama “Allegiance” has apparently worn out. The network has removed the series, which premiered in February, from its schedule, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday. Also Read: NBC’s ‘Allegiance’ Cast and Ep Dismiss ‘Americans’ Comparisons The series’ Thursdays at 10 p.m. timeslot will be filled by NBC’s limited series “The Slap” starting next week. “Allegiance,” starring Hope Davis, Scott Cohen and Gavin Stenhouse, follows a CIA analyst whose mother and father are part of a Russian sleeper cell. Also Read: ‘The Slap’ Review: NBC Miniseries Drama Hits »


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Let Frank Sinatra Seduce You All Over Again in the Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Trailer

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A new documentary offers an intimate look at the life and career of Frank Sinatra, complete with family interviews and never-before-seen footage. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All is four-hour docuseries that will air over the course of two nights on HBO - and People has the exclusive trailer, which you can check out above. The series focuses on the first 60 years of Sinatra's life and is largely told in his own words with commentary from those who knew him best. Director Alex Gibney used the set list from the singer's 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles as a guide for the film's narrative. »


- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Let Frank Sinatra Seduce You All Over Again in the Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Trailer

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A new documentary offers an intimate look at the life and career of Frank Sinatra, complete with family interviews and never-before-seen footage. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All is four-hour docuseries that will air over the course of two nights on HBO - and People has the exclusive trailer, which you can check out above. The series focuses on the first 60 years of Sinatra's life and is largely told in his own words with commentary from those who knew him best. Director Alex Gibney used the set list from the singer's 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles as a guide for the film's narrative. »


- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Los Angeles Lags in Drama Pilot Production but California Hopes for 2016 Rebound

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As network TV pilot production goes into full swing this month, Los Angeles is once again light on action for drama projects compared to the totals for New York, Vancouver and other locales. But city and state officials hope the tide will turn next year now that the state’s tax incentive program has been greatly expanded.

As of this week, of the 42 pilot and straight-to-series orders from the five broadcast nets that have settled on shooting locations, Los Angeles has landed eight projects, compared to seven for New York, according to data compiled by Variety Insight.

Vancouver has seven pilots setting up shop. Chicago is home to four, counting the “Chicago Med” planted spinoff episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” franchise. Atlanta and Toronto both have three projects. Other far-flung shooting sites include Rome, Ga.; Salt Lake City; Puerto Rico; and South Africa.

Network drama series are the most »


- Cynthia Littleton

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10 Reasons Daylight Saving Time Is the Worst

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready to feel super-tired for the next several weeks because Daylight Saving Time is almost here, people! It's that very special outdated "holiday" where we wonder if our iPhones switch over automatically, then we accidentally sleep too late regardless and miss our favorite Friends reruns on TBS. Life is hard! So before you spring your clock ahead an hour this weekend, let's take a moment for a little pity party over how lame this tradition really is. 1. You have to try to remember how watches work so you can spring them forward. Microwave clock be damned! 2. You're tired because you don't know when to go to bed anymore. 3. You feel stupid and frustrated because »

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NBC Cancels Freshman Drama ‘Allegiance’ After Five Episodes

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NBC has cancelled freshman drama “Allegiance,” Variety has confirmed.

The spy drama premiered Feb. 5 to five million total viewers and aired its final episode this week on March 5, totaling out at 3.4 million viewers.

The cancellation shakes up NBC’s Thursday night schedule with the 10 p.m. slot opening up, being filled by “The Slap” miniseries. The network is boosting “The Blacklist” with the addition of a show-specific “Dateline” series.

“Dateline: The Real Blacklist” will air at 8 p.m., leading into the 9 p.m. James Spader thriller. “The Real Blacklist,” hosted by NBC News’ Richard Engel, will focus on conspiracy-themed investigations and crimes that involve larger-than-life perpetrators and circumstances.

The Blacklist” has been serving as the tentpole of NBC’s Thursday since its premiere in February, often drawing more than double the demo rating of the new shows on either side of it, “The Slap” and “Allegiance.” “Slap” is seen as having more potential going forward, »


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Harrison Ford's Scalp and Facial Injuries Likely to 'Heal Very Well,' Says Surgeon

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Harrison Ford is likely to receive an encouraging prognosis for his scalp and facial injuries, says a top surgeon. An eyewitness to Ford's plane crash told People that the 72-year-old star suffered a five- or six-inch gash about "the size of a pancake." Generally speaking, such lacerations would be repaired immediately with sutures of some sort upon the patient's hospital admission. "The principles are going to be the same for any type of traumatic accident like this," says Dr. Anu Bajaj, vice chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Public Education Committee. "You need to rule out any more serious injuries, »


- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Harrison Ford's Scalp and Facial Injuries Likely to 'Heal Very Well,' Says Surgeon

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Harrison Ford is likely to receive an encouraging prognosis for his scalp and facial injuries, says a top surgeon. An eyewitness to Ford's plane crash told People that the 72-year-old star suffered a five- or six-inch gash about "the size of a pancake." Generally speaking, such lacerations would be repaired immediately with sutures of some sort upon the patient's hospital admission. "The principles are going to be the same for any type of traumatic accident like this," says Dr. Anu Bajaj, vice chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Public Education Committee. "You need to rule out any more serious injuries, »


- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Tallulah Willis Strips Down to Her Granny Panties, Shows Off Nipples in Latest Selfie

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When in doubt, strip down to your skivvies and snap a selfie. That's precisely what Tallulah Willis did late last night during a brief moment of boredom creativity. In the Instagram snapshot, Willis is seen posing in white Hanes granny panties and a matching sheer crop top. And in a nod to her sister, Scout Willis, Tallulah is clearly repping the #freethenipple campaign. The youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore isn't exactly shy about showing off her body on social media and has spoken openly in the past about struggles with addiction and an eating disorder. In a refreshingly honest piece published in the February issue of Teen Vogue, Tallulah gets candid about her »


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Can Joe Dirt outdo Joe Schmo?

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truTV, which recently rebranded itself to focus more on comedy and less on fakery, has announced that it's ordered a new prank show executive produced by David Spade. This isn't another hidden camera series, however. Instead, "Fameless" will make its cameras very visible. It's a series that the network describes as "half sketch show/half prank show," one that "will take a lighthearted look at how far people will go to be famous." What that means is this: a group of actors and improvisers will create a fake show, like an SNL sketch, but then play it out with a real person as one of the contestants. David Spade, who's also going to be in the return of "Joe Dirt" this summer, will appear at least once in the series, which is produced by Electus. If this sounds familiar, that's probably because it sounds a lot like "The Joe Schmo Show, »


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Why Kristen Bell's Daughters Haven't Seen Frozen Yet

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There may be only two little girls in the world who haven't seen Frozen. Ironically, those two little girls belong to Kristen Bell, who voiced Princess Anna. While promoting Oral-b and Crest's new line of Frozen-themed products, the actress revealed that her daughters, Lincoln, 23 months, and Delta, 11 weeks, haven't seen Walt Disney Animation's blockbuster. "[Lincoln] is not my biggest fan. She just doesn't know what I do for a living! She couldn't care less," she said. "[It] is extremely humbling to come home to someone who couldn't care less about what you do!" Why did Bell and husband Dax Shepard decide to make their daughters wait to see the »


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Teen Allegedly Encouraged to Kill Himself Went to 'Wrong Person' for Help, Friend Says

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Those who were closest to Conrad Roy III knew the funny, flirty 18-year-old struggled with depression and had tried in the past to kill himself. Now, they are struggling with the revelation that one friend may have urged the Massachusetts teen to go through with it. "Conrad spoke to that one wrong person," his former classmate Louie Pina tells People after authorities on Feb. 6 charged Michelle Carter, also 18, with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly encouraging Roy to take his own life last July. Carter's parents and attorney defend her against the charge. Says the Carter family's lawyer Joe Cataldo: "She »


- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell

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Top 24 User Matthew McClamrock predicts Daytime Emmys: 'General Hospital' and ...

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Last year our user Matthew McClamrock (screen name "Pujolsfan") did the best at predicting the Daytime Emmy nominations -- 1st place out of hundreds of predictors -- which means he's now featured in a league along with the other Top 24 Users to predict this year's noms. The Top 24 Users did the best at predicting last year's Daytime Emmy nominations (62.78%) when competing against Gold Derby's Editors (60.56%), our Experts (58.33%) and All Users (58.33%). Which group will come out victorious this year? (See all prediction accuracy rates here.) -Break- Will Alison Sweeney finally earn Daytime Emmys love for 'Days of Our Lives' farewell? McClamrock is 40 years old and hails from Atlanta, Ga where he's a law firm administrator. We sat down with McClamrock to get a feel for what he's currently predicting at the Daytime Emmys. See McClamrock's early predictions below, and resist the urge to copy or steal them as your. »


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House of Cards' Kim Dickens on Slaying Politicians and The Walking Dead Spinoff's "Sexy" Zombies

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Kim Dickens' character made a splash on House of Cards season three when she came in, guns blazing and ready to take President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) down. For the actress, who recently received rave reviews for her work in Gone Girl on the big screen, the House of Cards gig is sort of a dream come true. "I just got a phone call from them and talked to Beau Willimon about this character," she tells E! News about joining the show. "I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it, I don't even care what the character is, it's my favorite show.' Then he told me about the character and I was like, 'Of course! I'll do whatever you want.' It just seemed like a really, fun, formidable role to »


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British Boy in Trouble After Wearing Fifty Shades of Grey Costume to School's World Book Day Celebration

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An 11-year-old British boy is in trouble after he dressed up as Christian Grey from the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey for his school's World Book Day celebration, his mother says. Liam Scholes was reprimanded by Sale High School on Thursday for his creative, if arguably inappropriate, choice of costume, which included a gray suit, cable ties and an eye mask. "I think it's a big overreaction," his mother, Nicola Scholes, told ITN on Friday. "He's trying to have a laugh. He's almost 12, he's a bit of a character, he's not shy," she added. offensive costume.Excluded from photos, »


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British Boy in Trouble After Wearing Fifty Shades of Grey Costume to School's World Book Day Celebration

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An 11-year-old British boy is in trouble after he dressed up as Christian Grey from the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey for his school's World Book Day celebration, his mother says. Liam Scholes was reprimanded by Sale High School on Thursday for his creative, if arguably inappropriate, choice of costume, which included a gray suit, cable ties and an eye mask. "I think it's a big over reaction," his mother, Nicola Scholes, told ITN on Friday. "He's trying to have a laugh. He's almost 12, he's a bit of a character, he's not shy," she added. offensive costume.Excluded from photos, »


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