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Coming Distractions: Hey, no-maj! Have a new Fantastic Beasts trailer from Comic-Con

23 July 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them star Eddie Redmayne went on a charm offensive at today’s Comic-Con, kicking off his new movie’s portion of the Warner Bros. panel by making like Wizard Oprah and handing out wands to everybody in the crowd. Then he led the audience in a rousing cry of “Lumos Maxima,” serving the twin purposes of summoning up a new trailer for the movie and indicting the entirety of Hall H as a gathering of Class-4 Mega Nerds.

Watch Eddit Redmayne lead the #sdcc crowd in lumos maximus! #FantasticBeastsSDCC pic.twitter.com/eCWSYVwhm1

— Fandango (@Fandango) July 23, 2016

As for the trailer, it gives us more plot details than ever for the J.K. Rowling-penned film, providing the stakes for Newt Scamander’s quest to recover his suitcase full of goblins and ghouls: full-on muggle (or no-maj, since we’re in America) revolt. (It ...

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- William Hughes

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Donald Trump's Attempt to Air-Kiss Running Mate Mike Pence Turns Horribly Awkward

21 July 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A handshake likely would have sufficed. After Mike Pence formally accepted his nomination as vice presidential candidate for the Republican party, Donald Trump greeted his running mate with a very awkward air-kiss. The Gop candidate emerged onstage as Pence finished speaking and the two shook hands. Then Trump pursed his lips and seemed to have his air kiss rejected. Pence's teleprompter displayed the stage direction "embrace" just after his final words. Twitter users were quick to joke about the uncomfortable interaction. The Indiana governor took the stage Wednesday night in Cleveland to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after a full roster of famous Republicans, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Donald Trump's Attempt to Air-Kiss Running Mate Mike Pence Turns Horribly Awkward

21 July 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A handshake likely would have sufficed. After Mike Pence formally accepted his nomination as vice presidential candidate for the Republican party, Donald Trump greeted his running mate with a very awkward air-kiss. The Gop candidate emerged onstage as Pence finished speaking and the two shook hands. Then Trump pursed his lips and seemed to have his air kiss rejected. Pence's teleprompter displayed the stage direction "embrace" just after his final words. Twitter users were quick to joke about the uncomfortable interaction. The Indiana governor took the stage Wednesday night in Cleveland to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after a full roster of famous Republicans, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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I Am JFK Jr. Trailer - Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and More Open Up About John F. Kennedy Jr. in New Documentary

12 July 2016 4:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As the son of one of America's most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy Jr. grew up in the public eye - yet there is much that remains unknown about the man who was famous since the day he was born and who became a national heartthrob. Now, seventeen years after his tragic death in a plane crash, members of JFK Jr.'s inner circle are opening up for the first time about the all-too-human side of the friend they lost, in the intimate new documentary I Am JFK Jr. for Spike TV. The documentary features interviews and never-before-told stories from »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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[Review] Ghostbusters

10 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Having displayed comedic chops through his entire career and an eye for action in the last few features, Paul Feig was the ideal director to handle a new version of Ghostbusters. Teaming the actors who have most excelled when working with him (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy) while giving a spotlight to some deserving talent (Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones), the right ingredients were in place to carry on the spirit of this franchise — or, let’s be honest: just the first film. While it doesn’t quite reach the height of laughter or thrills of Feig’s best work, Ghostbusters has a persistent dose of rollicking, scrappy fun that the ideal summer blockbuster should contain — all the way past the last credits.

Many years ago, Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) co-authored a book about paranormal activity, but their friendship became fractured as the former entered academia and »

- Jordan Raup

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This Oprah Winfrey "I Love Bread" Meme Almost Rivals Her "You Get a Car" Glory

7 July 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey is all of us. Well, her empire probably trumps all of our résumés combined, but guess what? Even the most successful of media moguls has struggled with her weight (hello mega-bucks partnership with Weight Watchers!) and just like so many of us, Oprah loves her some bread.  Our collective adoration for carbohydrates isn't necessarily good for the waistline, but it sure as heck benefits O's bank account. Earlier this year, Oprah earned a reported $12 million for tweeting about her love of bread. This major money-making post included a 30-second Weight Watchers ad in which the queen herself passionately exclaimed, "I looooooove bread. I love bread!" Don't we »

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Oprah Winfrey Delivers Empowering Speech at Essence Fest Debut: 'The Magic Is to Surrender to God's Dream for You'

3 July 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Oprah Winfrey brought back some of her talk show magic at the Essence Fest in New Orleans on Saturday, inspiring the crowd with a speech intended to help women of color achieve their dreams. "This is my first time here. What took me so long? What took me so long?" she began, per The Times-Picayune. "All I got to say is it's beyond happiness to be here." Wearing a red dress that showed off her new weight loss, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman addressed the largest gathering of African-American women in the nation for the first time on the festival's Empowerment Experience stage. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Ava DuVernay on Having Only Female Directors for Show Queen Sugar: 'If Game of Thrones Can Have All Men, We Can Have All Women'

2 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The brains behind the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated movie Selma, has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey for the new drama series Queen Sugar premiering September 6 and 7 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own). Ava DuVernay sat down with People at the Essence Fest to dish on working with Oprah again and hiring all female directors. "She's a dear friend to me and so our collaboration on Selma was so lovely that when I was expressing that I wanted to do a series, she said 'well you know I've got a network,'" DuVernay, 43, tells People. Queen Sugar is adapted from the »

- Jazmine Polk and Janine Rubenstein

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Ava DuVernay on Having Only Female Directors for Show Queen Sugar: 'If Game of Thrones Can Have All Men, We Can Have All Women'

2 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The brains behind the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated movie Selma, has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey for the new drama series Queen Sugar premiering September 6 and 7 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own). Ava DuVernay sat down with People at the Essence Fest to dish on working with Oprah again and hiring all female directors. "She's a dear friend to me and so our collaboration on Selma was so lovely that when I was expressing that I wanted to do a series, she said 'well you know I've got a network,'" DuVernay, 43, tells People. Queen Sugar is adapted from the »

- Jazmine Polk and Janine Rubenstein

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Greenleaf Star Merle Dandridge on Meeting Oprah For the First Time: 'I Blacked Out'

24 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Even those in Hollywood still get starstruck by meeting the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Actress Merle Dandridge tells People she reacted the way most people would when meeting her Greenleaf costar: forgetting everything that happened. The 41-year-old actress says the moment she found out she was going to meet Winfrey, 62, was very unexpected after her audition for the new show on Own. "I was working on another television show and I got an email while I was in between shots. The email was very simply, 'Ms. Winfrey would like to meet you at 6 p.m. today,'" Dandridge recalls. »

- By Jessica Fecteau and Ale Russian

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Watch: Jimmy Fallon Jokingly Reveals Donald Trump's Vice President, Eighth Grade Impressionist 'Little Donald'

23 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's Donald Trump ... and Donald Trump? During a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the late night host, as Trump, announced that he'd chosen his running mate: his own Mini-Me called Little Donald. "A lot of people have been speculating about who I'm going to pick as my running mate," Fallon says as Trump. "Chris Christie, LeBron James, Chewbacca Mom? All good choices, but no. The only person good enough to be my vice president is me."Fallon enlisted the help of Jack Aiello, the teen who went viral for his eighth grade graduation speech where he nailed impressions of the presidential candidates, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Watch: Jimmy Fallon Jokingly Reveals Donald Trump's Vice President, Eighth Grade Impressionist 'Little Donald'

23 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's Donald Trump ... and Donald Trump? During a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the late night host, as Trump, announced that he'd chosen his running mate: his own Mini-Me called Little Donald. "A lot of people have been speculating about who I'm going to pick as my running mate," Fallon says as Trump. "Chris Christie, LeBron James, Chewbacca Mom? All good choices, but no. The only person good enough to be my vice president is me."Fallon enlisted the help of Jack Aiello, the teen who went viral for his eighth grade graduation speech where he nailed impressions of the presidential candidates, »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

22 June 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’re still a ways away from Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” but the “Selma” director’s next project will be gracing the small screen later this year. “Queen Sugar,” a new series based on Natalie Baszile’s novel and set to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own), has just released its first teaser.

Read More: Watch: Ava DuVernay Aims to Support Minority Filmmakers in Array Campaign Video

The new footage is as all such videos should be: nonexistent in terms of plot but rich in detail and visually arresting. “It’s time to focus on family,” a woman says in voice-over at the beginning; from there it’s a barrage of imagery divorced from narrative: a basketball court, a backyard party, a dilapidated house and several unhappy people. “Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two sisters: Wesley plays a journalist and activist in New Orleans, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

22 June 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

We’re still a ways away from Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” but the “Selma” director’s next project will be gracing the small screen later this year. “Queen Sugar,” a new series based on Natalie Baszile’s novel and set to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own), has just released its first teaser.

Read More: Watch: Ava DuVernay Aims to Support Minority Filmmakers in Array Campaign Video

The new footage is as all such videos should be: nonexistent in terms of plot but rich in detail and visually arresting. “It’s time to focus on family,” a woman says in voice-over at the beginning; from there it’s a barrage of imagery divorced from narrative: a basketball court, a backyard party, a dilapidated house and several unhappy people. “Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two sisters: Wesley plays a journalist and activist in New Orleans, »

- Michael Nordine

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TVLine Items: Sharknado's 'Revealing' Teaser, Scream on the Move and More

22 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Consider this a warning to all Great Whites in the Vegas area.

After the fate of Tara Reid’s April was left up to the audience to decide via online voting at the end of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, a new trailer confirms Finn’s wife is alive and will be back for the next installment of the Syfy franchise, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. (Watch the video above.)

RelatedSharknado 4 Teaser Trailer: Strippers Join the Battle to Defend Las Vegas

Additionally, a final wave of cameos for the latest Sharknado film (airing Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm), include »

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Oprah-Starring ‘Greenleaf’ Delivers Own’s Best Debut Ratings Ever

22 June 2016 12:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“Add Oprah Winfrey and they will come” might become the new adage for Own after the success of Greenleaf's debut last night. The 10 Pm premiere of the megachurch family drama starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Oprah herself drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in Own’s target market of women 25-54. That makes Greenleaf the biggest series launch in Own’s five-year history. It also makes Greenleaf the most-watched show on cable last night and… »

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‘American Gothic’ Review: CBS Summer Series More Bland Filler Than Thriller

21 June 2016 6:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Once upon a time James Frey was the subject of intense scrutiny and controversy when it was revealed his Oprah-endorsed book A Million Little Pieces was not a memoir and instead full of fabrications, as was his follow-up My Friend Leonard. As I say in my video review above, the June 22-debuting American Gothic which is exec produced by Frey will only attract controversy or be remembered, if at all, for how unmemorable it is. The CBS family drama from Corinne Brinkerhoff… »

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From Sports Cars to Helicopters: How Our Favorite Celebs Travel

20 June 2016 3:01 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel by private jet, skipping all of those airport lines, or to have a collection of fancy sports cars? Well, while most of us can keep dreaming, those are just two of the high-class ways our favorite celebrities get around.

As they all flit off on fabulous summer vacations, we may catch a peak at some of these seven beauties shuttling down the runway or pulling up to the fanciest hotel in town.

On The Sporty Side

Sports cars are the bread and butter transport – they all own a few, filling out multi-car garages attached to Beverly Hills’ homes. But anyone can buy a Fiat or a Ferrari off the lot, so how special could these speedsters really be? Well, if you’re talking about Jay-z’s Maybach Exelero, the answer is very special. Price at a sweet $8 million, the car is entirely one »

- Jennifer Gretson

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Oprah Winfrey Tells Jimmy Kimmel Whether She Would Be Donald Trump’s Running Mate

17 June 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump still hasn't picked a running mate, but from the very first day of his campaign, Trump had one name on his Veepstakes shortlist: Oprah Winfrey. On the day he announced his presidential campaign, Trump told George Stephanopoulos "I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah. I think we’d win easily, actually.” On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the media mogul was asked by host Jimmy Kimmel, once and for all, if she would consider being Trump's running mate. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Film Review: Central Intelligence

15 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The title of the new comedy, Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, refers to more than just the spy agency.  It’s a play on words, perhaps related to the lack of grey matter exhibited by some of the movie’s villainous spy characters.  The tagline is more double speak: “to save the world, you need a little Hart and a big Johnson.”  These headers are like the film itself: a sly, trying-too-hard double entendre that mostly does not work.

Hart and The Rock are impossible to dislike as performers.  Kevin is a hilarious guy and his comedic tones—when used properly—never miss.  And The Rock is a genuine, humble actor, as I wrote after the press conference for the movie last month.  But while Central Intelligence is sure to please its target audience, it packs little punch to go along its big britches.

The main problem is that Central Intelligence stumbles all over the place in its failure to decide what type of film it wants to be.  Is it a buddy cop comedy? A mystery? An action flick? A message movie?  The story opens by inviting us to mock a naked, fat teenager dancing with a ridiculous afro, and a few scenes later has that teenager (the now chiseled The Rock) proclaim that he dislikes bullies.  Later, you’re encouraged to laugh at a grown girl (played by a hilarious late-movie cameo that provides one of the few bright-spots) who has lazy eyes.  Another Rock anti-bullying speech incredibly follows.

On top of these contradictory messages, the overall arc is at odds with itself.  The first thirty minutes feel like a light-comedy, as the movie dabbles on about the characters’ teenage traumas, until it yields to the explosions and punches of the action flick.

The premise is that people can change dramatically following high school.  Two days before their twentieth reunion, Calvin Joyner (Hart) gets a Facebook message from former classmate Bob Stone (The Rock) and they go out for drinks.  Joyner, a popular kid in school, is now a frustrated, mid-life crisis accountant.  Stone, for his part, has gone from fat bullied kid to the member of at least ten Cross Fit gyms (though he has not read any Oprah, as he has yet to shed the deep-down insecurities of having being overweight—later prodded on by another bright-spot cameo). 

Soon after Stone reappears, the CIA follows with a wave of bullets and suit-clad men—as well as a venomous Amy Ryan (Bridge of Spies).  The agency believes that Stone is the evil criminal known as The Black Badger, that he murdered his partner, and that he is going to sell the codes to the U.S. satellite system to terrorists.  Stone, for his part, tries to convince a reluctant Calvin that he’s innocent and enlist his help in finding the real criminal.  It’s the sixth paragraph of this review and I’ve only now talked about an action sequence.  See what I mean?

When the action does arrive, it’s more “Ride Along” than “Fast & the Furious.”  Stone and Joyner make a daring escape from Joyner’s office using everything from recycling carts to coffee mugs.  The CIA agents give chase and, after a few more bullets and punches, including some genuinely funny Kevin Hart face-plants, Stone and Joyner escape again.  At some point Joyner is apprehended by Ryan’s character but then, for whatever reason, let go.  Rinse, wash, repeat. 

It gets more complicated than just terrorists, spies, and runaway bullets.  On top of their “anti-bullying” mantra, the screenwriters attempt to insert some aura of mystery.  They painstakingly push a “is Stone really a terrorist or has he been wrongly accused” question until the last possible moment.  To no avail.  Do you really think The Rock is going to play a secret bad guy?

To further muddy the waters, the story insists in reversing the natural relationship between the acting talents of The Rock and Hart.  The Rock is supposed to be the funny guy, and Hart the straight man.  Hart’s character is the unwitting accomplice to Stone’s attempts to clear his name, sort of like a kidnapped minion.  The Rock, meanwhile, is meant to be funny through his dopiness.  You can tell it doesn’t work because it ends up constantly being Hart who acts out as the main comedic drive.

Lest I be accused of having no sense of humor, I’ll admit that some of the scenes in the movie are genuinely amusing.  The aforementioned face-plants come to mind, as well as an early scene featuring The Rock in one-size-too-small pajamas.  The Rock and Hart, for their part, do have on screen chemistry despite the unnecessary role-reversal, and give it their best.  But the movie tries to have its cake and eat it too—to denounce bullying while inviting cruel jokes, to reverse comedic roles in the middle of action sequences, to confuse us with a gratuitous “mystery” in the middle of a shootout.

Remember the good old days? A movie like Lethal Weapon achieved what Central Intelligence sought out to do by much simpler and more straightforward means.  There is such a thing as not trying too hard.  This time around, the movie’s own worst enemy is itself.              

Grade: C

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