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James Bond Film “Spectre” Releases Teaser Trailer

Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) -- The teaser trailer for Spectre, the next installment in the James Bond series, picks up right where the last film left off.

The trailer opens with the famed 007, played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig, learning some "personal effects" recovered from his ruined family estate and childhood home of Skyfall contain a dark secret of his.

The trailer features some familiar faces - like Naomie Harris, who played Moneypenny in Skyfall - as well as some franchise newcomers, including an eerily silhouetted Christoph Waltz who closes the trailer.

"Welcome James," he says "It's been a long time, and finally, here we are."

Spectre is set to be released November 6. It will be the 24th James Bond film.

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93-Year-Old Betty White Reveals Her Biggest Regret

Photo by Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program(NEW YORK) -- Betty White's biggest regret in life involved her late husband Allen Ludden, who died from stomach cancer in 1981.

White, 93, spoke to Oprah Winfrey for Sunday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? and said that her major regret was not marrying her husband a year earlier.

They were together for 18 years before he died.

"I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together, saying 'No' I wouldn't marry him," White told Oprah, referring to the year it took for her to accept Ludden's proposals. "Saying, no, I won't leave California. No, I won't move to New York. I wasted a whole year we could have had together."

She added, with a smile, "But, we made it. We finally did."

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“Home” Star Rihanna Wants Movie to Empower Girls

Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna made her acting debut in the poorly-received 2012 big-budget sci-fi flick Battleship, and had cameo appearances in 2013's This Is the End and last year's Annie remake.

Now, it's her voice -- her speaking voice, not her singing voice -- that's front and center in the new animated movie Home, which opens in theaters on Friday.

In Home, Rihanna voices a resourceful and brave little girl named Tip who becomes separated from her mom, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, when aliens invade Earth. She evades capture, goes on the run and teams up with one of the aliens, voiced by Jim Parsons. Together, the two learn about acceptance, friendship and perseverance.

"I think it was both important to me and [the movie studio] for this character to be as realistic as possible," says Rihanna of Tip. "We wanted little girls to feel empowered. Little girls of any size, shape, color, race -- it didn’t matter."

"We wanted girls to just feel strong and brave and empowered and beautiful and like they can do anything and they can take charge of their life or their situation, no matter what," the singer added.

Also important, says Rihanna, is the fact is that Tip looks like a lot of the kids who'll be going to see Home this weekend.

"I think we were really, really careful, especially with the animation and making sure that she wore the right thing, that her body was not unrealistic, you know?" she says. "And I think for kids, that’s gonna be very special. For young girls, especially."

Rihanna also contributed three songs to the Home soundtrack; songs by Charli XCX, Jennifer Lopez, Kiesza and other artists round out the package.

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"Mad Men" Donates Its Iconic Style to the Smithsonian

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Cigarettes and hard liquor may not be what immediately springs to mind at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but that is exactly what was unveiled Friday in homage to the massively popular television series Mad Men.

Now in its final season, the serial drama's creators at AMC cable network and Lionsgate have gone on a blitz of farewell events including screenings and speeches.

And now its antihero, actor Jon Hamm’s drinking and womanizing marketing executive Don Draper, will have his suit and other artifacts on display in the nation’s capital.

It will be part of an exhibit that examines American business from the Founding Fathers up through the present day -- including the notorious marketing practices of the 1960’s that sets the backdrop for the show. The Smithsonian says Mad Men was specifically selected because of the series’ attention to detail from the time period -- much of the set uses actual antique items from the mid 20th century or recreates them in painstaking detail.

The items on display run from high culture to the mundane -- high-priced wristwatches and top shelf liquor stand next to toothbrushes, cartons of Lucky Strike cigarettes and a simple kitchen apron. It also revealed that the institution had been consulted by AMC in the recreation of some period items, including old telegraph printouts, although that scene was later cut.

"It is very hard to recreate even a moment from yesterday,” series creator Matthew Weiner said.

“I have always been interested in telling a story on the human scale, and this is the archaeological site of humanity from this period. We're glad that we saved these things and recreated these things because so much of it was thrown away. It was fun to try to recreate a check stub,” he added.

Hamm also attended alongside costars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

The Smithsonian’s “American Enterprise” exhibit will be opened to the public on July 1st. Mad Men will now be joining the likes of Sesame Street, Seinfeld, and All in the Family in its halls.


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Cigarettes and hard liquor may not be what immediately springs to mind at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but that is exactly what was unveiled today in homage to the massively popular television series "Mad Men."

Now in its final season, the serial drama's creators at AMC cable network and Lionsgate have gone on a blitz of farewell events including screenings and speeches.

And now its antihero, actor Jon Hamm’s drinking and womanizing marketing executive Don Draper, will have his suit and other artifacts on display in the nation’s capital.

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It will be part of an exhibit that examines American business from the Founding Fathers up through the present day -- including the notorious marketing practices of the 1960’s that sets the backdrop for the show. The Smithsonian says "Mad Men" was specifically selected because of the series’ attention to detail from the time period -- much of the set uses actual antique items from the mid 20th century or recreates them in painstaking detail.

 

PHOTO: Some objects, costumes, props, sketches and a script from the AMC and Lionsgate TV series, Mad Men that were donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington, are displayed, March 27, 2015. 
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo
PHOTO: Some objects, costumes, props, sketches and a script from the AMC and Lionsgate TV series, "Mad Men" that were donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington, are displayed, March 27, 2015.

 

The items on display run from high culture to the mundane -- high-priced wristwatches and top shelf liquor stand next to toothbrushes, cartons of Lucky Strike cigarettes and a simple kitchen apron. It also revealed that the institution had been consulted by AMC in the recreation of some period items, including old telegraph printouts, although that scene was later cut.

"It is very hard to recreate even a moment from yesterday,” series creator Matthew Weiner said.

“I have always been interested in telling a story on the human scale, and this is the archaeological site of humanity from this period. We're glad that we saved these things and recreated these things because so much of it was thrown away. It was fun to try to recreate a check stub,” he added.

 

PHOTO: Some objects, costumes, props, sketches and a script from the AMC and Lionsgate TV series, Mad Men that were donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington, are displayed, March 27, 2015. 
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo
PHOTO: Some objects, costumes, props, sketches and a script from the AMC and Lionsgate TV series, "Mad Men" that were donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington, are displayed, March 27, 2015.

 

Hamm also attended alongside costars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

The Smithsonian’s “American Enterprise” exhibit will be opened to the public on July 1st. Mad Men will now be joining the likes of Sesame Street, Seinfeld, and All in the Family in its halls.



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Two Stars Affected by New York City Building Collapse

Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) — Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, was among the dozens of people who lost their homes after an apartment building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City Thursday.

The actress posted photos of the devastation on her Instagram account. One photo caption read, "NYC's finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments. Speechless...for those that are hurt." Another caption read, "A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood...RIP 123 2nd Avenue."

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland was also affected by the news. "I grew up across the street. Thinking of my childhood neighborhood. Explosion shreds East Village, building collapses," she tweeted.

Four people were in critical condition and at least 15 others were injured after the fire in Manhattan's East Village Thursday afternoon. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said preliminary evidence "suggests a gas-related explosion," but the investigation is ongoing.

 

A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood... RIP 123 2nd Avenue ????????????

A photo posted by Drea De Matteo (@dreadematteo) on Mar 26, 2015 at 4:18pm PDT

 

 

 

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“Mad Men’s” John Slattery Says He Turned Down “Empire” Role

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) — How would Roger Sterling fit in the world of hip-hop music? We may never find out.

The actor who plays Roger on AMC's Mad Men, John Slattery, says he was offered a role on the Fox hit Empire. Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, who has guest starred on Mad Men.

Slattery commented on Strong's success while speaking with The Daily Beast, saying, "That guy is on top of the world right now with Empire. If he reads this, 'Danny, I need a job!'"

He then revealed that Strong "actually asked me if I wanted to be on Empire, and I think I let that ship sail. I don’t know who I would’ve played...some white dude."

We'll still get to see Slattery on TV when Mad Men begins its final run of episodes on April 5.

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Molly Sims Welcomes Second Child, Daughter Scarlett May

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Molly Sims became a mom for the second time on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old actress and her husband, Ted producer Scott Stuber, announced the news in an Instagram post the following day.

"We welcome Scarlett May Stuber into our family. Our hearts are bigger with you here," Sims captioned a photo of the new baby girl.

 

A photo posted by Molly Sims (@mollybsims) on Mar 26, 2015 at 5:28pm PDT

The two, who tied the knot in 2011, are also parents to a 2-year-old son, Brooks.

She announced last September that she and Stuber were expecting a second child.

"We are so, so, so blessed as a family, and I’m speechless at the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a second bundle of joy into the world," she wrote on her website. "As a new mom to Brooks, an entire world of motherhood opened to me along with a thousand and one questions. I absolutely cannot wait to see what life will be like as a mother to a toddler and a newborn."

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"Fancy Nancy" Optioned by Disney Junior for 2017

Jane OConnor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.

The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.

"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a decade and we are very eager to give her an even bigger stage on which to perform," Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, said in a statement.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Disney Junior to bring Fancy Nancy to the small screen and to the next generation of fans," added Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books. "As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this bestselling series, it's exciting to see our beloved character making her TV debut."

The stories, written by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, center on a young girl who's drawn to fancy clothing, words and more. Disney Junior will also develop role-play items and consumer products based on the series, which is geared toward children ages 2-7.

"This is definitely one of those 'pinch me' moments," said O'Connor in a statement. "When Robin and I met Nancy Kanter and her team, we knew instantly that Disney Junior was the plus-perfect home for Fancy Nancy."

Continued Preiss Glasser, "After the thrill of seeing my two-dimensional drawings of Nancy and her 'world' come alive in spin-off musicals and ballets, the opportunity to see her animated by Disney is a dream I never would have dared to dream!"

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“Home” and “Get Hard” Open Nationwide Friday

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG.

Get Hard -- Will Ferrell is a hedge fund manager who’s committed fraud and is set to go to prison. He turns to Kevin Hart’s Darnell to help him “get hard” for life behind bars, even though Darnell’s never been to prison himself. T.I., Alison Brie and Craig T. Nelson also star in the comedy. Rated R.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Poem at Reburial of Richard the Third

ABC/Rick Rowell(LEICESTER, England) — Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the late British monarch Richard the Third in a new BBC drama, and is also a distant relative, so it was fitting that he read a poem Thursday at the reinterment of the king whose remains were found underneath a parking lot 530 years after his death.

King Richard died in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Cumberbatch read a 14-line poem written by Britain's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, during a reburial ceremony at England's Leicester Cathedral that was attended by descendants of those who fought in the battle.

The poem, simply titled Richard, began, "My bones scripted in light upon cold soil, a human brail, my skull scarred by a crown, emptied of history" and included the phrase "grant me the carving of my name," which refers to the fact that the King's grave was lost for centuries, with no tombstone to mark its location.

Richard the Third was the last British king to die in battle. He was succeeded by Henry the Seventh.

Cumberbatch portrays the monarch in the BBC drama The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. The three-part series will air on PBS, but no air date has been announced.

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McConaughey's Camp Not 'Alright, Alright' with Revealing Speaking Fee

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been booked to speak at May's commencement for the University of Houston.  How much its going to cost, however, has become something of a mystery.

Celebrity Talent International, which books stars like McConaughey for speaking engagements, insisted to the Houston Chronicle that the actor's fees should remain secret because, "a reporter or someone else" could misuse that information and, "take things out of context."

While the organization is remaining mum about an exact figure, its website shows the actor can be booked for anywhere from $150,000-$499,000 at minimum for a domestic event and, at minimum, $500,000 to a million bucks for an event overseas.

The school won't disclose the exact fee, either, citing the booking agency's confidentiality clause -- which the agency has lobbied the Texas Attorney General to enforce. Celebrity Talent International's Glenn Richardson noted celebrities have been "unfairly targeted often" over the release of sensitive information like salaries. Furthermore, Richardson noted, the speaking fee leaking would be bad for business.

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Executive Producer Says He's Contemplated "Downton Abbey" Movie

ITV(LONDON) — While Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, its executive producer has left the door slightly open for a feature film based on the popular period drama.

Gareth Neame hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that he and series creator Julian Fellowes would be interested in bringing the show to the big screen. He said, "It’s something that Julian and I have been contemplating and would be a wonderful extension."

But fans shouldn't get their hopes up just yet. Neame cautioned, "[I]t would be wrong to say there are any plans. There is nothing firmly in place."

Neame also said there are currently no plans for a Downton Abbey spin-off.

It was announced Thursday that Downton Abbey will conclude next season. Season six will air in the U.K. later this year and premiere in the U.S. on PBS in early 2016.

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Emma Watson Tops List of Most Outstanding Women of 2015

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — This is an outstanding achievement for Emma Watson: the Harry Potter actress ranks first on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015.

Readers of the lifestyle website were asked to vote on females "whose achievements are shaping and defining their respective fields."

Watson landed in the top spot, with the site noting her support for the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, a gender equality movement.

UFC star Ronda Rousey, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and skier Lindsey Vonn round out the top five.

You can check out the full list on AskMen.com.

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Movie Review: “Get Hard” (Rated R)

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet.  So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
 
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison Brie) who’s also his boss’s daughter.
 
Next thing we know, James is arrested for fraud and sentenced to ten years in prison -- hard time, at San Quentin.  That’s when he turns to Kevin Hart’s Darnell, the owner of the car wash in the building where James works, offering to pay Darnell to teach him how to survive in prison.  Darnell needs $30,000 to buy a house, move his family to a better neighborhood and send his daughter to a school without metal detectors, so he accepts James’ offer.
 
It’s a major plot point, and one of several that some are calling offensive: James assumes that because Darnell’s black, he must have been to prison.  The humor isn’t meant to be racist, but rather intended to highlight the fact James is such an idiot, he actually believes it.  It doesn’t matter -- either way, it’s not funny.
 
But the problem here isn’t offensive humor.  The problem is a premise that isn’t strong enough to carry a feature-length film. Get Hard might have been a hilarious 10-minute short.  Instead, the jokes become forced, repetitive and, in some cases, just plain stupid.
 
Speaking of which: Ferrell unquestionably deserves the many accolades he’s received for what’s been a terrific career, but it’s becoming clear he’s gotten a little too comfortable with the formula his films follow.  First, he plays an idiot who says ridiculous things with a straight face.  Then there’s the predictable slapstick, in which his character sustains a grotesque or unimaginably painful injury, the best being the tranquilizer dart in 2003’s Old School.  Here, it’s a shiv to the forehead -- amusing, but again, we’ve seen it before.  Yawn.
 
Sure, you’ll get a few laughs because you can’t stop Hart and Ferrell from being funny, no matter how bad the script is.  But Get Hard is an example of two very funny people coming together to make a movie that in the end is only mildly amusing, at best.
 
Two out of five stars.

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Josh Peck Recommends John Stamos to Replace Zayn Malik in One Direction

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.

Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.

So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a replacement.

".@onedirection FANS. Don't worry guys, I found ZAYN's replacement!! @JohnStamos," Peck wrote on Twitter, coupled with a Vine video.

.@onedirection FANS. Don't worry guys, I found ZAYN's replacement!! @JohnStamos https://t.co/CB8ApFoHDf

— Josh Peck (@PortableShua) March 25, 2015



The video is amazing and features Stamos singing One Direction's song "You Don't Know You're Beautiful."

Stamos also posted his own message about the audition.

"The day I've been waiting for!#Zaynmalik #OneDirection #Stamostime @shuapeck," he wrote.

The day I've been waiting for!#Zaynmalik #OneDirection #Stamostime @portableshua https://t.co/cYkGQAu5er

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 25, 2015

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