Ian McKellen rejected $1.5 million to dress as Gandalf for billionaire's wedding (22 Aug 2016)

There’s no shortage of celebrities who are willing to sell themselves out. Whether it’s for an infomercial, autograph signing or otherwise, the list goes on an on. But one celeb, Sir Ian McKellen, stared $1.5 million in the face and turned it down. The Daily Mail is reporting that McKellen was offered the whopping sum to dress up as his Lord of the Rings character, Gandalf, but said no, leaving his dignity in tact. “I was offered one-and-a-half million dollars to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing but I had to go dressed as Gandalf,” McKellen told the Daily Mail. “So I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.’” That wedding was reportedly for Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, one of the co-founders of Napster and the first president of Facebook. The 2013 nuptials were held in the woods of Big Sur, »
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Variety Announces 10 Actors to Watch for 2016 (22 Aug 2016)


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Set Photos Tease a Possible ‘Doctor Strange’ Connection (22 Aug 2016)

Thor: Ragnarok has been shooting in Australia for several weeks now, and while we’ve got a while to go before we see the movie itself, director Taika Waititi and his stars have been pretty generous about sharing glimpses of the shoot. Today, a couple of new photos tease Thor’s return to Earth… and possibly an encounter […]
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‘Pets’ Pushes ‘Suicide Squad’ From #1 Offshore Perch, Collars $675M Ww; Supervillains Gain On $600M – Intl B.O. (22 Aug 2016)

Update, Writethru: The scrappy crew of Illumination/Universal's The Secret Life Of Pets claimed the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend — for the first time since it first went out for a walk in late June, and in what is the picture’s 9th frame of overseas play. With a $45M weekend in 53 markets, Max, Snowball and Duke leapfrogged over another motley bunch as Suicide Squad came in with a $38M third session in 64. In doing so, the Pets deprived Warner… »
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Netflix Orders ‘Friends From College’ Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders (22 Aug 2016)


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Amy Robach Sorry for Using Offensive Term to Describe Zendaya Coleman (22 Aug 2016)

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach apologized for using the term “colored people” when discussing actress Zendaya Coleman and her upcoming role as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on Monday. “This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color.’ I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life,” Robach said in a statement. “Now we all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a. »
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Demi Lovato Sued for Alleged Song Theft (22 Aug 2016)

Did Demi Lovato pluck her song “Stars” from another artist’s catalog? That’s the claim made in a new copyright lawsuit filed against the former “Sonny With a Chance” star. In the suit, indie group Sleigh Bells accuse Lovato of lifting from their 2010 song “Infinity Guitars” for “Stars.” The suit cites a “combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as three quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps,” along with other alleged similarities. Also Read: Demi Lovato Opens Up About Mental Illness at Democratic Convention (Video) Sleigh Bells’ complaint, »
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From Wags to Riches: 9 of TV’s Most Famous Dogs (Photos) (22 Aug 2016)

Hollywood’s most famous dogs on TV   Giggy, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s Pomeranian, is perhaps one of TV’s most pampered pups, with his own personal chef and Twitter account. He has become such a fan favorite that he now makes his own red carpet appearances, rich owner in tow.   Gidget, the 12-pound chihuahua known for the ubiquitous catchphrase, “Yo quiero Taco Bell!” was propelled to stardom after landing the lucrative fast-food campaign in the late ’90s. She also starred as Bruiser’s mom in 2003’s “Legally Blonde 2” alongside Reese Witherspoon. Brigitte, a five-year-old French bulldog “actress, »
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‘Thor: Ragnarok': Tom Hiddleston Shares Then-and-Now Pics of Loki and Thor (Photo) (22 Aug 2016)

Shortly after Chris Hemsworth shared a photo from the “Thor: Ragnarok” set, Tom Hiddleston took it up a notch and posted a then-and-now photo of Loki and Thor. “Now & Then,” the actor captioned the image that is a split of the two actors from presumably the first film from 2011 and the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.” On Monday, Hemsworth also posted a photo on Twitter of himself and Hiddleston, dressed in all black, sitting in front of a news stand. “Just sellin papers with my mate,” Hemsworth captioned the photo. Also Read: Chris Hemsworth Gives Marvel Fans First Look at Tom Hiddleston »
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What the Hell Is the ‘So Gone’ Challenge? A Short Explainer (22 Aug 2016)

The hashtag #sogonechallenge has been circulating around social media for the past week, accompanying videos of celebrities and civilians alike rapping random verses to an old school R&B beat. The challenge dares people to freestyle their own verse over the instrumental version of Monica’s 2003 hit “So Gone.” The popular song about infidelity has received multiple makeovers, with participants rapping love bars to their significant others or singing their adoration of potato chips (we’re looking at you, Kevin Hart). According to Vulture, the challenge went viral once Chance the Rapper spit an ode to his girlfriend. Also Read: »
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Melania Trump Threatens to Sue Anyone Claiming She Used to Be a Hooker (22 Aug 2016)

Just when you thought the 2016 presidential election couldn’t get any more ridiculous, Melania Trump is now threatening to sue the U.K’s Daily Mail — and any other publication that follows the paper’s lead — for an article that looked into whether she worked as a high-paid escort during her modeling days. Melania Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, told TheWrap in an email on Monday: “Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s. »
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Don't even think about kidnapping Halle Berry's son! (22 Aug 2016)

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. If you were considering kidnapping Halle Berry's child, let this trailer stand as a warning: Don't do it. And by the way, what's wrong with you? Why are you even mulling that over?  Kidnap looks like a great B movie. And that's not an insult. B movies have a long and grand tradition in film. In fact, B movies are the true heart of American cinema. You probably know all this, but as a refresher, B movies used to be the shorter movies that theaters would play along with the main feature event. So if you went to the theater to see a period drama, you might have seen goofy shorts and reels about aliens and super heroes. Of course, now those B movies, thanks to George Lucas, »
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Nate Parker Rape Case: Accuser’s Lawyers Blast ‘Archaic’ Sex Crime Laws (22 Aug 2016)

The Women’s Law Project, a nonprofit organization that represented the accuser of “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker in a sexual assault complaint against Penn State University, published a statement on Monday calling for an update of “archaic” sex crime laws and an honest look at anti-victim biases within the criminal justice system. “Our sex crime laws need to be updated and stripped of archaic notions about sexual assault such as those that impose, by word or practice, perpetual consent based on previous sexual relationships,” the statement said. “The criminal justice system must free itself of pervasive bias and victim-blaming. »
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Has spoiler culture spoiled pop culture completely at this point? (22 Aug 2016)

There is a constant push and pull in this business about what to report and when, and I think more often than not, media outlets fail both their audiences and the filmmakers they’re covering. A perfect example happened at the end of the week when it was reported that Zendaya will be playing Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, casting news in general isn’t really a spoiler unless you’re the sort of fan who doesn’t even want to know which characters are in the movie you’re about to watch. I’m not sure why you’d be reading movie news if you’re that much of a spoiler purist, but let’s assume that particular Venn diagram of people exists. In the case of this Spider-Man news, though, it isn’t just a piece of casting news. If Zendaya is indeed playing Mary Jane, »
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'Westworld': Season 1 pictures show a brave new (old) world (22 Aug 2016)

Westworld is shaping up to be HBO’s next big thing. With a cast featuring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood (not to mention J.J. Abrams producing), the show about a futuristic theme park called Westworld that places customers in the Old West, is off to a great start. And when you factor in the source material comes from the late Michael Crichton, the man behind Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, it certainly seems to merit a look when it comes out on HBO on October 2. HBO has offered up some promo photos of the show. Rather than just post them as is, we figured we’d have a little fun and caption them. While we don’t know what these people might be thinking when they’re lost in the Old West, this is our best guesstimate.   Honey, I told you to bring the Hostetter's Stomach Bitters. »
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Organization That Represented Nate Parker’s Rape Accuser Speaks Out (22 Aug 2016)

Women’s Law Project, which represented the woman who accused “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker of rape while they were both students at Penn State, issued a statement on the controversy on Monday.
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Watch 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown get her head shaved to play Eleven (22 Aug 2016)

The young cast of Stranger Things have been a big hit both in the show and with their talents outside the Upside Down. But Millie Bobby Brown, who played Eleven on the show, made a bigger impact with her shaved head and she's just posted the video of it all going down. Brown, who I recognized from BBC America's Intruders where she played the extremely intense Madison O'Donnell, was a fantastic addition to Stranger Things. She's also one of the few young actors asked to change their look dramatically for a role. A few adult actors have gone the shaved-head route recently - remember when Karen Gillen did it to play Nebula for Guardians of the Galaxy? - but it was a bigger deal for Brown and her family. Not too long ago Variety asked the Duffer Brothers where the inspiration for Eleven's look came from. They wound up »
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TV News Roundup: Bravo Renews ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ for Season 2, ‘The Flash’ Casts Season 3 Villain (22 Aug 2016)

In today’s TV news roundup, Bravo has renewed “Below Deck Mediterranean” for Season 2. Plus, “The Flash” has cast a former MTV star as the new villain in Season 3, and TNT’s “Claws” pilot has added a new series regular.
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