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Erik Menendez Describes Alleged Fight with Parents Before Their Brutal Double Murder: 'I Felt Like My Life Was Over'

Erik Menendez Describes Alleged Fight with Parents Before Their Brutal Double Murder: 'I Felt Like My Life Was Over'
A heated altercation preceded the brutal shotgun slayings of José and Kitty Menendez by their sons, Erik and Lyle, Erik claims.

Speaking out in a new documentary special on A&E, The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All, premiering Thursday night and exclusively previewed above, Erik details a version of the much-disputed explanation that the brothers have made for themselves for decades: that their parents’ murders were essentially in self-defense, after years of abuse.

“I am 100 percent sure that they fabricated their defense,” Pamela Bozanich, a prosecutor on their case, said in 2015. “I’m not 90 percent sure; I’m 100 percent sure.
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Did Supergirl Expose Her Secret? Grey's Docs Blaming the Victim? This Is Us Medical Mystery? And More Qs

Did Supergirl Expose Her Secret? Grey's Docs Blaming the Victim? This Is Us Medical Mystery? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Supergirl, Timeless, New Girl and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | Couldn’t the SNL writers have found some way to get Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin in a sketch with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump for a 30 Rock reunion? And why hasn’t Lorne Michaels hired Jack McBrayer to play Gary Johnson yet?

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2 | Aren’t you a little sad that
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Mandy Moore Proves Slow and Steady Wins the Hollywood Race

When you think Mandy Moore, early 2000s probably comes to mind. She was everywhere. Mandy popped up in The Princess Diaries, tore our hearts out in A Walk to Remember, made us laugh in Saved! and even got a little raunchy in her arc on the HBO hit series Entourage. Needless to say she a successful actress and singer. Mandy released hit songs such as "Candy," "I Wanna Be With You" and "Stupid Cupid," officially making her a double threat in Hollywood. But as quickly as Mandy rose to new Millennium fame she just as quickly faded into the abyss, unable to maintain such a streak of hits. She appeared in License to Wed and Because I Said So, both rom-coms that didn't really perform up to box...
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All the New Movies on HBO Now and HBO Go in January

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Before you roll your eyes at the idea of thinking about January already, you should take a look at the movies hitting HBO Now and HBO Go. Hot tip: they're awesome. Mad Max: Fury Road is being released, and given all the award nominations it's scored, you should seize the chance to watch it. Of course, there are still movies coming out in December, so be sure to catch those too. For now, take a look and get ready to spend a lot of time on your couch! Theatrical premieres: Jan. 2: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Jan. 3: Far From the Madding Crowd Jan. 4: Calvary Jan. 9: Mad Max: Fury Road Jan. 17: The Godfather Epic Jan. 16: Unfriended Jan. 23: Entourage Jan. 24: As Above/So Below Jan. 30: True Story Original programming highlights: Jan. 9: J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming Jan. 16: Sesame Street,
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Christmas with the Coopers (aka Love the Coopers) movie review: familial torture

Glossy Hollywood automatons sleepwalk through family dynamics full of forced quirkiness, excruciating cuteness, and phony emotion. Absolutely cringeworthy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you like spending the yuletide season with horrible people, have I got a movie for you. Christmas with the Coopers (called Love the Coopers in North America) is so awful, so cringeworthy, so full of forced quirkiness, excruciating cuteness, and phony emotion that it made me question my love for other movies about families gathering for a big festive meal, such as Home for the Holidays and The Family Stone. Coopers is so noxious that I suddenly wondered whether I had been wearing blinders when I fell in love with those movies, blinders that have now somehow dropped away. (I don’t think so. If I get a chance to revisit those movies,
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This Love the Coopers trailer with John Goodman and Diane Keaton will get you feeling Christmassy

This Love the Coopers trailer with John Goodman and Diane Keaton will get you feeling Christmassy
Not to push you into the Christmas spirit already, but this trailer for Love the Coopers is worth a watch.

Lionsgate's family comedy brings John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde and Diane Keaton together to celebrate the perfect Christmas.

But let's just say – everything doesn't go as planned.

This wacky festive comedy comes from director Jessie Nelson, who previously worked with Diane Keaton on 2007's rom-com Because I Said So.

Nelson filmed Love the Coopers on location in Pittsburgh – which means this is going to be one snowy holiday.

Love the Coopers slides down the chimney into cinemas on November 13 in the Us and December 4 in the UK.
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Throwback Thursday: See Mandy Moore As a Toothless Second Grader!

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Mandy Moore has always been a cutie! The "Because I Said So" actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share one awesome throwback photo from when she was in the second grade. "Trying to rock some blunt bangs in 2nd grade. #Tbt #missingmyfrontteeth," she captioned the adorable snap. In the cute candid, the "Walk To Remember" star poses with one giant smile on her face and her long blonde hair styled straight and parted down the middle. The now-30 year old is also rocking some thick bangs and missing a few of her chompers. Looks like even the gorgeous actress went through a few awkward years, too! Moore currently stars in the TV series "High School USA!," and she celebrated her five year wedding anniversary to hubby Ryan Adams last year with a one crazy party. Mandy's Bff Minka Kelly was also on-hand for the celebrations and posed for
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Miss Meadows | Review

A Spoonful of Violence: Hopkins’ Unbalanced Sophomore Effort

Actress turned screenwriter turned director Karen Leigh Hopkins unleashes her sophomore feature Miss Meadows after its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it was met with a middling response. After her first stint as director with 1998’s indie film The Rose Sisters and a 2001 Penelope Ann Miller television film, A Woman’s a Helluva Thing, her latest succeeds as her highest profile effort as director, though it’s nowhere near the level of success that some of her screenwriting efforts have attained, like 1998’s Stepmom or the majorly lambasted Because I Said So (2007). Tonally awkward and a bit too underwhelming to fully succeed as the black comedy cum violent thriller character study it is trying to be, Hopkins does manage to use the casting of Katie Holmes to her advantage (something not many directors have been able to do
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Film Review: ‘Miss Meadows’

Film Review: ‘Miss Meadows’
Middling “Miss Meadows” blends black comedy, character study and thriller elements into a mixture that doesn’t quite gel, though it’s watchable enough. Katie Holmes plays a secretive newcomer to a lower-middle-class neighborhood whose bad people begin suffering deaths at the hand of a mysterious vigilante — as they did, we soon glean, in her previous places of residence. The premise holds more promise than Karen Leigh Hopkins’ screenplay and direction ultimately deliver, resulting in a polished but unmemorable minor item destined for decent home-format sales. eOne is opening it on single Los Angeles and New York screens this Friday, simultaneous with VOD launch.

Mary Meadows (Holmes) is introduced walking down a leafy residential street, communing with local birdies and breaking into an occasional tap dance — drawing immediate parallels to Mary Poppins and other Disneyfied do-gooders that the film might have developed further, to more wittily subversive ends, than it manages.
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Watch: Katie Holmes Goes Ballistic In New Trailer For 'Miss Meadows'

Before she was Mrs. Tom Cruise, when Dawson’s Creek was her place of residence, Katie Holmes was still a total sweetheart. Her “aw-shucks” demeanor and girl-next-door good looks were a charming point of contrast to so many synthetically-enhanced Hollywood beauties, and she’s managed to deliver a couple of arresting performances in films like Doug Liman’s “Go,” “Pieces of April” and the magnificent “Wonder Boys.” So when one thinks of Holmes, one does not think of a homicidal homebody bent on revenge while wearing Sunday school clothes. Yet that’s exactly what the trailer for “Miss Meadows,” the offbeat new film from Karen Leigh Hopkins (“Because I Said So”) delivers. So… if you really wanted to see Katie Holmes slipping into “Dirty Harry” mode… you’re in luck. The trailer opts for a wobbly, morally neutral tone: we open on a distractingly cartoonish pastiche of suburban Americana, with
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Katie Holmes is a Cute Little Killer in Second 'Miss Meadows' Trailer

"Kind of a Pulp Fiction, Mary Poppins." That line in the new trailer for the quirky thriller Miss Meadows sums it up rather perfectly, but somehow we don't think the film will measure up to either of those revered films. Katie Holmes plays a wholesome, charming school teacher who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when the opportunity calls for it. Delivering justice with a tiny little pistol she keeps for her purse, she's ready to keep the bad guys away from her children and the nice town in which she lives. But can she keep her secret from the local law enforcement, including the sheriff played by James Badge Dale? Watch! Here's the new trailer for Karen Leigh Hopkins' Miss Meadows from YouTube: Watch the first trailer for Miss Meadows, starring Katie Holmes, right here. Miss Meadows is written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins (writer of
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Mandy Moore Lands Role On 'Red Band Society'

Mandy Moore has landed a major recurring guest role on Fox’s new hour-long drama Red Band Society.

Mandy Moore Joins Red Band Society

Moore, known for both her singing and acting skills, will play Ocean Park Hospital’s chief of staff Erin Grace. Erin, incidentally, also happens to be the ex fiancé of Dr. McAndrews (Dave Annable).

"We're branching out to tell a soap on top of the patients with the hospital staff and we're adding new people," executive producer Rina Mimoun told The Hollywood Reporter. "We focus on patients, but we're building out the adult storylines so we're following their stories as well."

Red Band Society currently stars Annable and Octavia Spencer as a sharp-tongued nurse with a soft heart. Both of the workers at Ocean Park Hospital treat a group of sick teenagers that call the hospital their home. The show focuses on the unlikley friendships between the ailing patients,
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Dark Comedy Novel ‘Mourning Glory’ in the Works as Movie (Exclusive)

Dark Comedy Novel ‘Mourning Glory’ in the Works as Movie (Exclusive)
Karen Leigh Hopkins, who wrote and directed Katie Holmes comedy “Miss Meadows,” has come on board to adapt “Mourning Glory” for Grey Eagle Films.

Mourning Glory” was written by Warren Adler in 2001 as a black comedy about a recently unemployed single mother seeking a rich husband by attending the funerals of wealthy widowers and posing as a friend of the deceased.

Hopkins’ writing credits include “Stepmom,” “Because I Said So” and the TV movie “Searching for David’s Heart,” which won the Humanitas Award. Grey Eagle CEO Jonathan Adler approached her after seeing “Miss Meadows” at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Variety reported in June that Grey Eagle was developing “The War of the Roses: The Children” with David Permut of Permut Presentations and a screenplay by Alex McAulay, based on the Warren Adler novel.

It’s also developing Warren Adler and James C. Humes’ “Target Churchill,” co-developed by Solution Entertainment Group; and “Capitol Crimes,
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Martha Thomases’ Girl Fight!

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Last week, I vented my pique at Marvel’s tone-deaf marketing of the new Spider-Woman comic. Then, on Monday, my esteemed colleague, Mindy Newell, offered a different perspective. Who’s right? Normally, I would say I’m right because I’m the mommy. However, in this case, Mindy has also given birth, and even trumped my creds by being a grandmother. So I’m not playing that card. This also means I can’t just say “Because I said so.” Denied my two favorite debating tactics, I’m going to have to approach this from a different angle. Despite what one might think about feminism and other kinds of so-called “identity politics,” there isn’t a single governing board that determines what is “politically correct.” There are married feminists who take their husbands’ last name, stay home with the kids, and volunteer at the PTA. There are radical lesbian separatists
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Katie Holmes Shows Off Sweet and Sinister Sides in Miss Meadows Trailer

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Katie Holmes became best know for being Tom Cruise’s wife for a while, overshadowing her performances in movies like Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

However, the actress looks set to change all of that as she takes on a very different role in Miss Meadows. The movie will see Holmes play a sweet and inspirational school teacher…who just so happens to spend her evenings as a ruthless vigilante wiping out her small town’s scum, particularly those who harm children.

It’s a strange looking film in some ways, but one which has the potential to be something truly special. Based on some of her past roles, Holmes seems like an unexpected choice, but that too should help to separate Miss Meadows from any other similar normal person by day, vigilante by night type of releases.

Miss Meadows was
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Miss Meadows Trailer Positions Katie Holmes as a Prim Vigilante Serial Killer

To me, for better and for worse, this feels like the kind of quirky dark comedy we were getting on the regular back between 1999 and 2004.  Now, not so much.  Which is to say that this trailer for Miss Meadows is simultaneously refreshing and stale.  For what it's worth I'm definitely interested in seeing this, I'll take a formula I haven't seen in a while over a formula I'm exposed to every day.  And I happen to think Katie Holmes is a strong performer who took herself off the scene right before she started getting really interesting roles.   The film is written directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who directed the apparently abysmal Because I Said So, but I will hold out a sliver of hope regardless. In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she's
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Katie Holmes is a Sweet Teacher & Vigilante in 'Miss Meadows' Trailer

We've seen Katie Holmes smirk her way through many performances like Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and Jack & Jill. But now she's entering a whole new realm with Miss Meadows. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and now the first trailer has arrived showing Holmes as a sweet, inspirational grade school teacher by day, who totes a cute little gun as a ruthless vigilante outside of the school yard. She goes from trimming roses to cutting down the scum of her small town. This looks so weird, especially with someone like Holmes in the lead, but you can see for yourself. Here's the first trailer for Karen Leigh Hopkins' Miss Meadows, originally from E! Online: Miss Meadows is written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins (writer of Because I Said So). Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) plays the titular character,
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Screenwriters Hired for Disney’s Enchanted Sequel

It has been seven years since Disney released the 2007 live-action film Enchanted. Even before it was released, execs were calling it the first film of a potential franchise. It took a while but in FebruaryDisney hired Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, Because I Said So) to pen a screenplay, with Anne […]

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'Enchanted 2' Moves Forward with 'The Smurfs 2' Writers

Four years after it was first announced in February 2010, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with Enchanted 2, bringing on The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to pen the script.

Our first report revealed that Jessie Nelson (Because I Said So) was writing the sequel, but it isn't known if J. David Stem and David N. Weiss are starting over from scratch, or working from the first draft. No story details have been released.

Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) is directing, with Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld returning to produce.

It isn't clear yet if original Enchanted stars Amy Adams and James Marsden will reprise their roles as Giselle and Prince Edward. The original story centered on Giselle, a fairy tale princess who is sent to the real world by an evil queen, where she meets and falls for a
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‘Stepmom’ Writer Karen Leigh Hopkins’ #1 Tip for Getting a Film Made

Karen Leigh Hopkins—whose writing credits include “Stepmom” and “Because I Said So”—says there’s one key thing to remember when making a film, television show, writing a script, or with any artistic venture, really: “Have it matter.” “It’s so hard, anyway, to get anything done or to do it right,” she says. “Give yourself the opportunity to succeed by having it be something that’s got meaning.” Hopkins offers this advice out of experience. Her latest film, “Miss Meadows,” which she wrote and directed, took her 14 years to make. And had it not mattered, she might not have worked that long or that hard. “Miss Meadows,” starring Katie Holmes, premiered on April 21 at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. It tells the story of the titular character, who, with excellent manners, rids the community of the people law enforcement cannot—think of her as a “‘Pulp FictionMary Poppins.
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