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Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings to mind Cruise’s prime days (“Top Gun,” “Jerry Maguire,” etc.) on the Hollywood A-list.
Here are five reasons “Mission: Impossible 5” is the strongest film in Paramount’s 19-year-old spy franchise.
(1)It’s sleeker than any James Bond movie you can remember.
The first “Mission: Impossible,” which opened nearly two decades ago in 1996, was a standard bigscreen reboot of a TV show. But the franchise received a jolt in 2006 with J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3,” which interwove the heart-pumping twists of “Alias” (season one) into a theatrical recipe that could give Daniel Craig as 007 a run for his money. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a megachurch drama straight to series.
“Greenleaf” comes from the mind of writer-producer Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”) and explores the titular family and its Memphis megachurch, which acts as the center of a community for thousands of predominantly African-American parishioners. Scandals and secrets lie beneath its sprawling surface, however. The series is a multigenerational family drama at heart.
“When I first read the script, I instantly felt an affinity for the characters and loved Craig’s creative vision for a fictional drama on an epic scale,” Oprah Winfrey said. “This show is going to be a fun ride and will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their pews week after week.”
Wright was also executive producer for FX’s “Tyrant,” another series following a family with dark secrets.
“To tell this potentially explosive story with Oprah, a partner who has as »
- Reece Ristau
The network’s fall officially gets under way Friday, Sept. 11, with new episodes of Tyler Perry comedy series “For Better or Worse” at 9 and 9:30 p.m. And on Saturday, Sept. 19, a new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” returns, followed by “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” at 10.
New episodes of Perry’s drama “If Loving You Is Wrong” are back on Tuesday, Sept. 22. It premieres at 10 p.m. before the show moves to its regular 9 p.m. timeslot the following week.
“Belief” (pictured) will bow Sunday, »
- Rick Kissell
Bobbi Kristina Brown is being remembered in the wake of her death. Nearly seven months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home, Bobbi died in hospice care on Sunday. As the news spread, celebrities took to Twitter with thoughtful messages about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's only child together. Oprah Winfrey, who interviewed Bobbi following Whitney's death in 2012, proclaimed, "Peace at Last." Meanwhile, Viola Davis hoped Bobbi could "rest peacefully with her mother in heaven." Scroll through to see the most touching tributes to Bobbi - so far. Peace at Last! #BobbiKristina — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 27, 2015 pic.twitter.com/bQSGrDmxNY — Rosie (@Rosie) July 27, 2015 She seemed to be caught in the web of celebrity upon arrival. Twenty two years. A sad end. May the sister have peace now. #BobbiKristina — Ava DuVernay (@Avaetc) July 27, 2015 My prayers are with the entire Houston/Brown family. May #BobbiKristina, rest »
Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and other celebrities responded to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, on Twitter, expressing their grief and sadness at her tragic death. Oprah, Angela Bassett And More Pay Tribute To Bobbi Kristina Brown Bobbi Kristina Brown died on Sunday, July 26, at the age […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Bobbi Kristina Brown -- daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown and star of the Lifetime reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own" -- died July 26 in Georgia. She was only 22. Her death happened nearly six months after she was found face down in a bathtub at her home, and three years after her famous mother drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills.
"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," the family said in a statement. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."
The official Facebook page for Whitney Houston posted a statement Sunday night:
It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks...
Posted by Whitney Houston on Sunday, July 26, 2015 Although it wasn't »
- Gina Carbone
The death of Bobbi Kristina Brown has inspired sadness and anger across social media from notables in show business and the music industry. The 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown died Sunday evening at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga. “She seemed to be caught in the web of celebrity upon arrival,” wrote “Selma” director Ava DuVernay on her Twitter account. “Twenty two years. A sad end. May the sister have peace now.” Also Read: Whitney Houston's Millions: What Bobbi Kristina Brown May Leave Behind and Who Stands to Gain “Peace at last,” said Oprah, »
- Matt Donnelly
Ludacris will join Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, Oprah, and others on Empire's second season, the rapper announced today. According to his Instagram, he'll apparently be playing a correctional officer alongside Terrence Howard's newly incarcerated Lucious Lyon. Ludacris, of course, fought Howard in not one but two films released in 2005 (Crash and Hustle and Flow) — will Lee Daniels be paying tribute to that vaunted cinematic moment by putting the two men in a tenth-anniversary jailhouse scuffle? »
- Nate Jones
Remember in 2006 when Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone was mad at Tom Cruise, called him “embarrassing” and basically canceled his production deal with Paramount? Things had gotten so bad for Cruise following his jumping the couch moment on Oprah that the studio was looking to hand off the “Mission: Impossible” series to another actor and hired Jeremy Renner to possibly take the mantle. Fast forward to 2011, when “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” was finally released, and all was forgiven. ‘Ghost Protocol’ becomes the highest grossing entry in the series by more than $100 million (nearly $700 million worldwide), and any plan for Ethan Hunt to retire became a distant memory. Read More: Best To Worst: Tom Cruise's Action Movies Ranked And now comes "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation." The film' release was moved up to this summer from its originally planned fall/winter release date, with any suggestion of trouble on set disappearing into the. »
- Edward Davis
Live your best life, love yourself, surround yourself with positive people—these are all things Oprah Winfrey has told us through the years. So, when her namesake publication O, The Oprah Magazine, offered up what some readers deemed to be a piece of body shaming advice, the world was worried. In an the fashion Q&A featured in a recent O, a reader wanted to know whether she could "pull off a crop top." The mag provided a rather blunt answer, urging the woman to bare her belly "if (and only if!) you have a flat stomach." Writer Tamra Anitai saw this section, Instagrammed a screen grab of the questionable commentary and sounded off on how she was "surprised to see this level of »
Bishop T.D. Jakes will be shifting from the Sunday pulpit at his 35,000-member non-denominational Potter's House mega church in Dallas, to the secular small screen, as he is set to take on the daytime talk show circuit, with a daily talk show that he describes as a "Dr. Phil meets Oprah sort of thing," adding, "I'm absolutely excited about it. We're going to deal with everything - some of the pitfalls we get into - ,but more importantly how do we get out of them? It's an opportunity to reach a lot of people with hope and encouragement and excitement. And it's fun for me to be able to be on a platform where I can talk about everything." The hour-long weekday show will initially debut for a trial run on four Tegna stations starting August 17, including Wkyc Channel 3 in Cleveland from 2-3 p.m. "It's nice to be challenged »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bishop T.D. Jakes will be shifting from the Sunday pulpit at his 35,000-member non-denominational Potter's House mega church in Dallas, to the secular small screen, as he is set to take on the daytime talk show circuit, with a daily talk show that he describes as a "Dr. Phil meets Oprah sort of thing," adding, "I'm absolutely excited about it. We're going to deal with everything - some of the pitfalls we get into - ,but more importantly how do we get out of them? It's an opportunity to reach a lot of people with hope and encouragement and excitement. And it's fun for me to be able to be on a platform where I can talk about everything." The hour-long weekday »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Debmar Mercury has set a summer test run of a talkshow hosted by prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes in four heartland markets.
The talkshow described as a headline-driven topical series will be carried from Aug. 17-Sept. 11 on Tegna stations (formerly known as Gannett Broadcasting) in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
Jakes has been flirting with a syndicated talkshow launch for several years. He presides over a 30,000-member mega-church and has become a media personality in the past few years.
“In order to achieve success in daytime talk, you need to have a unique voice that lets you stand out in a crowded field as well as great built-in brand awareness. T.D. Jakes has volumes of both, with the strong potential to eventually break out and attract many new national viewers to network affiliates who are hungry for something different,” said Debmar Mercury presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus.
“T.D. Jakes” hails from 44 Blue Prods. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Let them eat cake, or not? That's the question that sparked a heated debate between Candace Cameron Bure and Raven-Symone on yesterday’s episode of "The View." The two former child stars discussed a recent incident that involved an Oregon wedding cake company refusing to provide services to a lesbian couple. But was this a decision based on the constitutional right of freedom of association, or was this a prime example of discrimination based on sexual orientation? The former "That’s So Raven" has been an activist for the Lgbt community since 2014, when she told Oprah she was in relationship with a woman. Meet Raven-Symone's Girlfriend -- She's a "Top Model" Alum! "The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion," Symone argued, "and to me, it’s the same exact thing that they did back in the day saying that black people »
- tooFab Staff
A bronze bust of Bill Cosby is being removed from Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney World said, per NBC News. The statue was supposed to come down Tuesday evening after the park closed. The decision to remove the celebrity's statue came after 2005 court documents revealed that Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby also testified that he had given the woman who alleged assault—a Temple University employee— three half-pills of Benadryl. His bronze bust is part of Disney's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza at the park. Other statues at the exhibit include Oprah »
The daytime host wasn’t the only person who played a key role in shaping hearts and minds. President Barack Obama, who endorsed same-sex marriage during his 2012 re-election bid after initially opposing it, was the second most cited figure, followed by openly gay “Glee” star Jane Lynch and openly gay comedian Rosie O’Donnell. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the fifth most influential voice on gay rights, the study found. Like Obama, Clinton initially opposed gay marriage before changing her views two years ago.
The results were calculated from a nationwide survey of 2,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 65. Polling was based on a combination of online studies and one-on-one interviews. The study was conducted as part of Variety »
- Brent Lang
Where you see scenarios that might result in malpractice and/or harassment lawsuits, the good ladies of Mistresses see only opportunities.
Your married doctor’s heart rate (and “reflex hammer,” ahem) shwing upward as he takes your pulse following a major medical procedure? Hey, there’s nothing like a sexy, testosterone-fueled house call to get you back on your feet (and into five-inch heels) less than 24 hours later!
RelatedMistresses Season 3: EPs Tease Fresh Abs, ‘Polarizing’ Newcomer and ‘Most Dangerous’ Arc Ever
Your attorney seems more interested in a quickie with her waiter than in focusing on the total »
Kelly Clarkson's daughter is already a social butterfly at just 1 year old. The singer shared a collage of photos on Instagram on June 22 that revealed a funny fact about her little girl: she loves giving kisses. In one photo, River is seen getting affectionate with a little boy named Maverick. In another, Kelly is looking away from the camera while she holds her gorgeous daughter. Kelly captioned the cute snaps, "I mean, little Maverick better watch out because River is putting out the 'kiss me' vibes like crazy! She's like Oprah with cars! You get a kiss! You get a kiss! You get a kiss! Everyone gets a kiss! #Mav&Riv." Lucky for Kelly's social media followers, this isn't the first time they've seen River being cute beyond belief. Kelly frequently posts frame-worthy snapshots of her little one, including photos of River getting up close and personal with a »
The one-hour shows, which launch early next year, will be similar to the Barbara Walters interviews with world leaders and celebrities that turned the iconic journalist into a mega-star for ABC in the ’80s and ’90s.
Kelly’s specials will focus on newsmakers in politics, sports and Hollywood. Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes intends to build each hour around a single sponsor. “Listen, Megyn is so good today that there is no interview I would not want her to do,” Ailes tells Variety.
Kellly’s interview with Joe Bob and Michelle Duggar, which aired during the anchor’s primetime evening show “The Kelly Files” in early June, scored 3.1 million viewers. And as Kelly told Variety in this week’s cover story, she »
- Brian Steinberg and Ramin Setoodeh
Megyn Kelly is bucking the conventional wisdom of what it means to be a Fox News anchor. The take-no-prisoners newswoman isn’t afraid to throw hardballs at Republicans. She recently lectured Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over his penchant for arguing with female reporters. She poked Jeb Bush about whether he would have invaded Iraq in 2003. She cornered Mike Huckabee for saying it was trashy for women to swear in public. Last year, she told Dick Cheney, “History has proven that you got it wrong” on Iraq. On Election Night 2012, she dared to question Karl Rove for claiming that Barack Obama hadn’t won Ohio, and it went viral.
Just as surprisingly, she says she wouldn’t brawl with a certain Democratic presidential candidate if she landed an exclusive with her. “I think Hillary Clinton could handle me — easily,” Kelly says on a recent afternoon in her Manhattan office. “That would be epic television, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brian Steinberg
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