ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- It has been more than 15 years since Cruel Intentions debuted in 1999, but the story is back in a new musical. And the cast of the movie came out Thursday night to celebrate the cult classic’s taking the stage in Los Angeles.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair and Reese Witherspoon all came out to support the premiere and had a blast reminiscing about their hit movie.
"Oh it's happening!!! #CruelIntentions .....the later years. @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #CruelIntentions," Gellar posted on Instagram Thursday, coupled with a picture of the three actresses.
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
San Andreas -- When a magnitude-9 earthquake strikes California, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and his estranged wife travel to San Francisco in an effort to save their daughter. Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Paul Giamatti star. Rated PG-13.
Aloha -- Bradley Cooper is a military contractor who heads to Hawaii and reconnects with his ex-wife while falling for the Air Force pilot assigned to him. Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin also star in the Cameron Crowe-directed film. Rated PG-13.
Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality and fiction have collided at UCLA, as the cast and crew of the hit television series The Big Bang Theory have endowed a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the university.
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised more than $4 million, with an initial donation from the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation and gifts from nearly 50 people associated with the show, including stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
“We have all been given a gift with The Big Bang Theory, a show that’s not only based in the scientific community, but also enthusiastically supported by that same community. This is our opportunity to give back,” notes series creator Chuck Lorre. “In that spirit, our Big Bang family has made a meaningful contribution, and together we’ll share in the support of these future scholars, scientists and leaders.”
UCLA notes that for the 2015–16 academic year, 20 Big Bang Theory scholars will be selected to receive financial assistance. Each year in perpetuity, five additional scholars will be chosen.
The inaugural group of scholarship recipients will be announced this fall on the set of the show.
One of the show's stars, Bialik, earned a doctorate in neuroscience as well as a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
The Big Bang Theory recently completed its eighth season on CBS.
Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey did not have a pleasant experience during her brief stint as a judge on American Idol. During an interview with an Australian radio show earlier today, she made her feelings abundantly clear, calling the competition series “boring” and “fake.”
When asked by hosts Kyle and Jackie O if she would consider appearing on American Idol for its final season next year, she replied, “Hell no. Absolutely not. That was the worst experience of my life.”
She continued, “I’m not gonna get into what it was, but let’s just say I don’t think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool. It should have been about the contestants.”
She was referring to the so-called feud between her and fellow judge Nicki Minaj during their time on the show’s 12th season in 2013.
Mariah also said she took issue with the fact that judges would have to exaggerate their comments to the contestants. "I mean, it's so boring and so fake," she said. "I'm sorry, I just think it's, you know, when I say it's fake, I mean, it's just like, you have to make up things to say about people. Half the time, the performances are good, you just be like 'It was good.' You just feel like ending it there, like, 'It's really good.'"
During the day, the film's director, David Ayer, posted a note to Twitter, saying, "I believe in old school filmmaking. Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on the screen. Thank you #Toronto."
Suicide Squad hits theaters in August of 2016. It also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
Dorothy Hong(NEW YORK) -- David Oyelowostars on the small screen as Peter Snowden, a war veteran struggling to adjust when he comes back home, in HBO's Nightingale.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor in the single-scene film portrays a man clearly unraveling after he's committed a horrible crime against his mother. Oyelowo tells ABC Radio what else is wrong with Snowden.
"We deliberately didn't want to necessarily define what it is, but in talking to a psychiatrist, who I gave the script to read, he has what's called dissociative identity disorder, which is what we used to know as multiple personality disorder," he explained at a private New York City screening Thursday night. "And basically how that comes about is people are shattered into different personalities in order to deal with trauma."
To perform solo for nearly 90 minutes, the actor said he had to stay in character for three weeks while he shot the film.
"It was the first time I had done it. I wouldn't necessarily describe myself as a method actor but I thought it was necessitous for this particular role just because he's so in his head," Oyelowo said. "He's so self-involved. Loneliness is something I wanted to really feel. I have a wife and four kids. I'm never alone so I moved into a friend's apartment for three weeks. I just wanted to immerse myself in what it must be like to a certain degree to be him in order to be able to tell the truth."
Part of the truth that Oyelowo wanted to display is the fact that his character is gay. It's something Snowden can't wrap his own head around, although he's borderline-obsessed with an old war colleague.
"He's in denial about his sexual disposition," he said. "And I think that's borne out of a very repressed upbringing. I think it's also borne out of a loathing he has for himself, both in terms of his sexual orientation, how that is perceived by those around him, including by his mother, including having been in the military and society in general."
HBO's Nightingale premieres Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Brian Bowen Smith/E!(NEW YORK) -- After being in the hospital unresponsive for a week, Joan Rivers died on September 4 of last year. The comedic icon had been on life support, and now her daughter Melissa, 47, is opening up about the decision to take her off.
“She had a living will and an advance directive that was very specific. My mother’s definition of quality of life was having all her faculties and being able to go on stage for one hour and, here was the kicker, be funny. As hard as it was, I knew the right decision," she told AARP magazine.
She also explained where she is in the grieving process.
“You miss even the sh******* things: I miss when she’d come in and rearrange my furniture and tell me how I ran my house wrong and criticize everything. I miss the criticism! I’m still in that phase," she said. "I was part of a comedy team. I was the straight man. And now I’m a solo act. That’s the hard part. I’m trying to find my voice.”
Melissa Rivers lost her father, Edgar Rosenberg, in 1987.
“When one parent dies, it’s a comma,” she said. “When the second parent dies, it’s a period.”
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan's probation stemming from a 2012 Santa Monica, California, traffic crash has now been terminated after her attorney provided proof she completed her community service.
The actress was not on hand for a progress report hearing Thursday, but she posted an Instagram picture of a TMZ story celebrating her finishing 125 hours of service for the 2012 incident. The clerk of courts in New York confirmed to ABC station KABC that her probation was finished.
"Hard work pays off. Thank you to all those that allowed me to volunteer while in nyc. God bless you all. Amen," she wrote.
Lohan was ordered earlier in the month to come to New York City to complete the service. She had been living in London.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Young told Lohan’s lawyer in early May that she had to return to Brooklyn to complete her community service by May 28 or face "consequences." That's exactly what she did.
Lohan had been charged with three misdemeanors, including reckless driving and allegedly lying to Santa Monica police, in connection with a June 2012 traffic accident that involved her Porsche.
Jason Kirk/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.
The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.
The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents, as are the orangutans and elephant. However, there is currently a llama on the property, as well as the railroad tracks and train station built at Jackson’s request. The famous floral clock, which spells out “Neverland,” is also still there, along with the building that once housed the Neverland Valley Fire Department, although it’s no longer staffed by full-time firefighters.
The roughly 2,700-acre property has about 22 structures on it, according to Perkins. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters.
There’s also a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away, a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, a basketball court and tennis court, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony and a stage that includes trap doors for magic shows.
Jackson paid $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987 and lived there more than 15 years. He defaulted on a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch, according to the daily business publication, which adds that real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.
Sony/ColumbiaCameron Crowe is a great writer. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire and the Oscar-winning Almost Famous are some of the most quotable movies from the past 30 years. Though his efforts since 2000’s Almost Famous have been uneven, my love for Crowe has not diminished, and I remain hopeful he’ll recapture that former magic. In his new movie, Aloha, the best of his trademark idiosyncratic banter and character interactions occasionally bubble to the surface.
Bradley Cooper is Brian, an innovative military contractor with a keen interest in space who used to live in Hawaii. He returns there expecting to complete a deal for a billionaire for whom he’s been working, named Carson Welch (Bill Murray). He didn’t necessarily expect to see his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), who’s married to and has two kids with military pilot Woody (John Krasinski). Enter Emma Stone’s Allison Ng, a pilot assigned to be Brian’s watchdog. She’s very by-the-book, and very interested in Brian in more ways than just professionally.
Then there’s Hawaii. Crowe’s efforts to make Hawaiian culture part of this story are a bit convoluted and feel forced. So does the Brian-Allison sub-plot. On the flip side, Tracy feels like an amalgam of Diane and Corey from Say Anything, with a bit Penny Lane from Almost Famous sprinkled in -- three of Crowe’s best and most beautifully written characters, so I can’t complain about that. Also, Cooper’s chemistry with McAdams is considerably better than his chemistry with Stone.
There are plenty of likeable nuggets in Aloha, particularly Danny McBride’s quirky Colonel “Fingers” Lacy character; the two young actors who play McAdams’ children, Danielle Rose Russell and Jaeden Lieberher (the latter of whom was also outstanding opposite Murray in last year’s St. Vincent); and the scenes between Cooper and Krasinski. Unfortunately, it all just isn’t enough to make Aloha a truly good movie.
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson an impressive action star? Yes and no. Lately, he’s had moments when it seems he’s on the verge of becoming an above-average actor. Then he backslides.
I found Johnson backsliding a bit in San Andreas, though I by no means think he’s bad. He’s charming and has excellent comedic timing, but some of his more emotional scenes aren’t quite as believable as they need to be. Then again, they work for an audience that just wants to watch perfectly rendered earthquake destruction and doesn’t mind an unbelievable, ham-fisted story that has more plot holes than the moon has craters.
Quick synopsis: Johnson plays Ray, a helicopter pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department whose personal life is in turmoil. His wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), is divorcing him and dating a rich guy she’s about to move in with, along with Ray’s daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario). Ray was scheduled to take Blake to her volleyball tournament, but that was before a massive earthquake in Nevada requires all first responders on deck, even in Los Angeles. But no worries -- Emma’s rich boyfriend will fly Blake to her tournament on his private plane. What’s a handsome, mountain-of-a-man with a thousand-watt smile supposed to do? Sulk a bit, return to his heroic job and then call Emma from his chopper to apologize. Conveniently, Emma’s having lunch on the roof of a downtown skyscraper when the first devastating earthquake hits Los Angeles. And off we go.
The plot, the beats, the character arcs? They all seem like they come from a Hollywood build-your-own-disaster movie kit. Yet as dumb as the story gets, Gugino and Paul Giamatti, who plays a Caltech seismologist, turn in terrific performances. Solid as her career’s been to date, Gugino’s best days as an actress may be ahead of her. It was almost a disservice to Johnson to put him in emotional scenes with someone whose game is so good. Daddario, yet another actress in her late 20s who’s asked to play somebody roughly 10 years younger, is also a gem.
But San Andreas isn’t about the acting. It’s disaster porn on another level. I’m not talking about the cheap disaster porn you can download for free. I’m talking about premium disaster porn you need a subscription for, and don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. The destruction is a work of art -- we’re talking other-level CGI. It’s jaw-dropping, and if you love that sort of thing, you’ll eat it up. If you also love intelligent movies? Not so much.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The Tony Awards have gathered Hollywood's best to present at this year's ceremony.
The film stars who will grace the stage later this month include Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris,Rose Byrne, Joe Manganiello and Taye Diggs. Small screen actors also will be present, such as Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale, Jim Parsons and Larry David, whose play, Fish in the Dark, is on Broadway now.
Rocker Sting, ballet dancer Misty Copeland along with country music singer Jennifer Nettles also will take the stage, among others.
The 69th Annual Tony Awards will be held June 7 at New York's Radio City Music Hall, and air live at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The evening will be hosted by Tony Award nominee Kristin Chenoweth and recent Cabaret star Alan Cumming.
Anthony Behar/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jake Gyllenhaal trained extremely hard to play boxer Billy "The Great" Hope in Southpaw. Not only did he hit the gym twice a day, but he immersed himself in the boxing world for the movie that is already getting Oscar buzz.
"I knew very little about the science, the techniques of boxing before we started," the Oscar-nominated actor told reporters at the amfAR gala in France, according to Peoplemagazine. "My thought was, if I trained twice a day, I can make five months, 10 months [of training]. That's what we did. I spent all my time surrounded by Antoine [Fuqua, the director], my trainer and [the fighters] I was boxing with."
Gyllenhaal worked with Terry Claybon who said, according to People, "We trained Jake just like a boxer and his body developed that way. ...He gained 15 pounds of muscle."
He added that he had the actor do 1,000 sit-ups a day; 100 pull-ups; 100 dips and two sets of 100 squats, in addition to jumping rope, running eight miles a day and sparring rounds.
This isn't the first time Gyllenhaal has transformed for a role. Last year, he admitted that he lost 30 pounds for his role in Nightcrawler.
HBO(NEW YORK) -- It's safe to say that if you write something on the Internet about Emilia Clarke she won't read it. That's because the Game of Thrones actress refuses to search stories about herself on the web after the hit HBO series premiered in 2011 and she stripped down.
"I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it's instinct," she said in Marie Claire U.K.'s July issue. "But never again. It just takes that one person who says, 'She's a fat b***h,' and you're like, 'I'm a fat b***h!'"
Clarke, who was often seen naked on the series' first season, said she's now cautious about being nude on screen. It's that very reason why she turned down the role of Anastasia Grey in the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.
"I really wanted to work with [director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she's f***ing amazing. But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film. I'll never say 'I'm never doing nudity,' because I've already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole that I would have struggled to get out of," she explained.
One film in which Clarke doesn't strip down is Terminator Genisys, which hits theaters July 1. She's set to portray Sarah Connor opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney. Clarke said she tried her hardest to keep up with the guys in the film.
"Those f***ing guns are super heavy. You're running with them a lot of the time, and I needed to keep up with, be better than the boys," she said. "I needed to know what to do to have Arnold go, 'Very nice.' That was my goal."
When Clarke isn't filming on the big or small screen, she doesn't have much time for a personal life. She doesn't even date, she said.
"I kept thinking that for clarity of mind, I had to be in one place. And then I just realized that's not how this life is going to work. It makes [dating] absolutely impossible," she explained. "I'm soppy and I do like to believe that when the right person comes along, it will work, because you want to make it work. Everyone else seems to manage it."
Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Laverne Cox took our breath away while starring as Sophia on Orange Is the New Black, and she’s proved once is just not enough. While taking some much needed time off, the transgender actress took to Instagram to display one of the rarest of celebrity looks -- a makeup-free face.
"Finally a few days to relax. I feel so privileged to be able to do work that I love and very privileged to be able to take time off occasionally. I take none of it lightly. Always good to have days with no makeup to let my skin breath. #washfacenobase #TransIsBeautiful," the LGBT advocate captioned the photo.
The actress also showed off some of her sexy assets in a black sheer one-piece bathing suit to compliment her clean, vibrant skin.
Cox joins the likes of Rhianna, Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian, who have all gone without makeup for their social media followers.
Cox will be reprising her role, orange jumpsuit and all, when Orange Is the New Black returns June 12 on Netflix.