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Tuesday
Jan092018

President Trump says he could beat Oprah, but doesn't think she'll run

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Ever since Oprah Winfrey's inspiring speech at Sunday night's Golden Globes, #Oprah2020 has been trending. But if Oprah did run for president in 2020, her opponent would presumably be President Trump, running for re-election. What does he think of a possible candidate Winfrey? As you may have guessed, he thinks he'd win if they faced off against each other.

During a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on Tuesday, Trump told reporters, "Yeah, I'll beat her," but added, "Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well."

"You know, I did one of her last shows," he continued. "She had Donald Trump -- this was before politics -- her last week...she had Donald Trump and my family and it was very nice. But I don't think she will run."

He then reiterated, "I don't think she's going to run. I know her very well."

It's worth noting that in 1999, Trump said in an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live that if he ever ran for president, he'd want Oprah to be his running mate.

"If she’d do it, she'd be fantastic," said Trump. "She's popular. She's brilliant. She's a wonderful woman. If she'd ever do it...I don't know if she’d ever do it."

Oprah's friend Gayle King said on Tuesday that the media mogul was "very intrigued" by the prospect of running, but that doesn't mean she actually will.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

ABC entertainment prez insists departure of Shonda Rhimes won't be a problem for the network

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- In August, Shonda Rhimes, whose TV successes include Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, announced she was ending her 15-year relationship with ABC Studios and signing a deal with Netflix.  Monday at the Television Critics Press Association tour in Pasadena, California, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said everything at ABC would be business as usual in the wake of Rhimes' departure.

According to Variety, while with reporters after the panel discussion, Dungey said, "Over time there have been people saying how [is ABC] going to survive without Aaron Spelling, how are they going to survive without Steven Bochco, how are they going to survive without J.J. Abrams. Now they're saying how are they going to survive without Shonda Rhimes."

But, she noted, "The great thing is there’s always new talent that emerges. This is going to give them an opportunity to step into the spotlight even more.”

During the panel, Dungey said, "I’ve known for a while that Shonda was interested in stretching different sets of creative muscles, and I think we all know that there are different challenges and opportunities in broadcast and different challenges and opportunities in streaming. I wish her all the best as she explores those new options.”

Dungey also said that in terms of new ABC series, she wants to "focus on shows that are lighter, brighter, more emotional,” as well as on family comedies and police procedurals. She also revealed that The Middle will end with an hour-long episode, that the Marvel show Inhumans wouldn't return for a second season, and that Once Upon a Time would be continuing.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

New details from season two of "The Handmaid’s Tale": More Ofglen, Trump’s influence and more

Elizabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale" - Hulu (LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh off its Golden Globes win for Best TV Drama, The Handmaid’s Tale is giving Marie Claire a first look at season two. Spoilers ahead!

The Hulu series, currently shooting in Toronto, will go beyond the events of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. The new season will give viewers a glimpse at the Colonies -- the much-talked about place where disobedient women are sent -- and scenes influenced by Donald Trump’s presidency.

In one upcoming scene -- likely a flashback sequence -- Alexis Bledel’s Ofglen and her wife, played by Clea DuVall, try to flee America for Canada with their son. It’s a scene that the show’s creators say took on added relevance after President Trump’s travel ban.

"Oh, I think we can't help but let it influence us," creator Bruce Miller tells Marie Claire of Trump’s policies. "We have let it influence us. And there are a lot of issues we brought up last year that we want to address this year in ways we never had time to."

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes, returns to Hulu in April.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

"The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards", "Darkest Hour" top BAFTA nominations

"The Shape of Water" Photo: Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures(LONDON) -- The nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) movie awards -- commonly referred to as the "British Oscars" -- are in, and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water leads the pack with 12 nominations. 

The nominations, which often help predict the Oscar race, also singled out recent Golden Globe winners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Darkest Hour, both of which tied with nine nominations apiece.

Shape of Water is in the running for best film, with Golden Globe winner del Toro nominated for both director and original screenplay.  Star Sally Hawkins is nominated in the leading actress category, with her co-star Octavia Spencer getting a nod for supporting actress.

Also up for best film: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and Three Billboards.

In addition, Darkest Hour earned a best actor nomination for Gary Oldman, who transformed himself into Winston Churchill for the role.  Kristin Scott Thomas earned a supporting actress nomination for playing Churchill's supportive wife Clementine. 

BAFTA also recognized Three Billboards star Frances McDormand in the leading actress category, and fellow Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell got a supporting actor nod, as did co-star Woody Harrelson.

Here's the list of the main categories for the 2017 BAFTA Awards, which take place place February 18, 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The full list can be found here:

Best Film
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
 
Best Animated Film
Coco 
Loving Vincent
My Life as a Courgette

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve - Blade Runner 2049
Luca Guadagnino - Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk 
Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh -  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Leading Actress
Annette Bening - Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird 

Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour
Jamie Bell - Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Timothee Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name

Supporting Actress
Allison Janney - I, Tonya
Kristin Scott Thomas - Darkest Hour
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
Leslie Manville - Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World
Hugh Grant - Paddington 2
Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Tuesday
Jan092018

TBS drops Louis C.K. animated comedy "The Cops"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- TBS has canceled Louis C.K.'s animated comedy series The Cops, according to Variety.

The move comes two months after the cable channel suspended production on the show, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, allegations C.K. himself has confirmed.

The Cops, originally set to debut sometime this year, centered on two police officers -- voiced by C.K. and Albert Brooks -- who try their best to protect and serve the people of Los Angeles, but struggle at both.

A November New York Times article alleged five women were subjected to unwanted sexual advances in 2002, 2003 and 2005 from C.K., who pleasured himself in front of them. In a lengthy statement, C.K. confirmed the allegations, writing, "These stories are true." He also expressed remorse for his actions and regret for any hurt he caused.

That same month, FX and FX Productions announced they would sever ties with the comedian.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Roseanne says she'd be a better president than Oprah

ABC/Robert Trachtenberg(LOS ANGELES) -- The Connors are coming back to TV in a reboot of the classic sitcom Roseanne. And star Roseanne Barr says the new show will not steer away from politics.  In fact, when we meet the titular lead character again, we'll find out that she voted for Donald Trump.

Speaking Monday evening at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Barr said the decision to bring Trump into the show reflects the vision she always had for the program.

"I've always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in," Barr told reporters. "So I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn't, so it's just realistic."

Asked about her own support for Trump, Barr said, "I'm not a Trump apologist. And there are a lot of things he's said and done that I don't agree with."  But she said, that's true about everyone. "Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with a hundred percent of what anybody says, let alone a politician or a candidate."

Barr also was asked about the idea of Oprah Winfrey running for president, as Oprah is rumored to be considering in the wake of her speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes.

"Of course I love Oprah, like everybody else," Roseanne said.  But, she quipped, "Actually I think I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, possibly even President Trump."

The rebooted Roseanne premieres with a special hour-long episode at 8 p.m. ET on March 27 on ABC.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Marvel Studios unleashes new "Black Panther" peek

Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- A new, minute-and-a-half-long teaser for Marvel Studios' Black Panther, made its debut Monday night during the 2018 National Championship college football game.

Chadwick Boseman returns as T'Challa, the young king of the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, who took up the mantle of its hero, Black Panther, when his father was killed during the events of Captain America: Civil War. The new preview shows him returning to his island for the first time following the events of that film. "The Black Panther lives!" exclaims Danai Gurira; the Walking Dead veteran plays Okoye, one of his loyal bodyguards.

The snippet gives a more rounded look at the baddies of the movie, too: Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger and returning Marvel heavy Ulysses Klaue/Klaw, the notorious arms dealer who made his debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron unite with a score to settle against T'Challa and his kingdom. "I want your weapons," Killmonger says. "Your secrets. It's all mine now."

Kilmonger and his men attempt to overthrow the young king. "War is coming," warns Forest Whitaker's Zuri, T'Challa's loyal advisor. "Let them come," T'Challa responds. 

The clip also shows a peek of Angela Bassett as his stepmother Ramonda, as well as Letitia Wright as T'Challa's tech genius sister Shuri.        

The spot also advertised that tickets are official now on sale for the film, which was directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, and which opens February 16. 

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Katy Perry loooking for "a real legit American Idol"

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol returns March 11 on ABC, along with original host Ryan Seacrest, and they're banking on new judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry to return the show to its glory days, when it produced stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

"Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star," said Perry at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles on Monday. "America doesn't need a star. They need like a real legit American Idol."

Adds Perry, "It's a beautiful story. And we need those beautiful stories right now to help lift us up, inspire us and believe in ourselves again."

She thinks the timing couldn't be better for Idol's return either, noting that it takes more than just raw talent to make it in the business these days.

"I think...these days it's so hard to stand out. You have to like, light yourself on fire on Instagram, while singing and it's like you still might not get enough hits," she explains. "It's come full circle that this platform, this launching pad, may give such an advantage to all those people that need that spotlight."

Seacrest, acknowledges the show's failure to produce real superstars in its later years. The key this time around, was finding a group of stars who, "weren't just gonna be individual stars, but were gonna come on to collaborate, to take this seriously and to give the franchise what it deserves."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

"The Bachelor" recap: Demolition derby, Krystal makes an enemy and Jenny goes home angry

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Tensions were high in Bachelor mansion during the second week’s show on Monday night because some girls got to spend a lot of time with Arie Luyendyk Jr., while others did not.

Becca got the first date card and Arie showed up on his motorcycle and took her for a ride to see Rachel Zoe for a Cinderella makeover. Becca got to pick out a dress for date night. Arie gave Becca a sparkling pair of Christian Louboutins and then they had champagne and sat around and complimented each other, after which he gave her jewelry from Neil Lane.

Later, they had an intimate dinner at the Hudson Loft and he told her that she reminds him of when he was first on The Bachelorette. They talked about family and Becca mentioned her late father, who died from brain cancer. At the end of the dinner, he gave her a rose, told her she can keep the earrings and then they kissed. For one last surprise, Arie pointed to a rope that, when Becca pulled it, showered them in gold leaf paper.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion, another date card arrived and it was for Krystal. It read, "Krystal, home is where the heart is. Arie."

On their date, Arie took Krystal to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on a private jet and when they arrived, he drove her around, pointing out the Pizza Hut where he used to work when he was 16. He showed her his high school and afterward, took her to his home. While Krystal imagined her life if they end up together, Arie showed her his photo album and some home videos.

Krystal said, "I literally have gotten a history lesson of Arie today."

After the videos, Arie took Krystal to meet his parents and his little brother. The notion of marriage hung heavy in the air as Arie's brother Alec and his new wife Haley just got married in July and his parents mention that they just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Afterward, Arie told Krystal he's certain his mother loves her.

Back at the mansion, an envelope arrived and 15 girls -- Tia, Valerie, Annliese, Lauren G., Kendall, Bekah, Jenny, Seinne, Jenna, Caroline, Brittany, Bibiana and Chelsea -- were all invited to join Arie with the note, "Let's hit love head on. Arie."

Arie, still out with Krystal, took her to the Bradbury hotel and Krystal talked about her life and told Arie that she came from a broken home and felt like her parents didn't want her. She shared an emotional story about her little brother living on the streets in Los Angeles for nine months. Arie was moved by Krystal's story and told her that he can see that she's an open and a very loving person. Then he gave her a rose.

With one more surprise, Arie took Krystal to see singer Connor Duermit and while Connor sang, the couple slow-danced. Arie said, "If Krystal and I are at the end of all this, I would want to give her an amazing life and a life of stability and family. And hopefully I can provide that."

The next day, the 15 girls picked for date day all show up in yoga pants for what turned out to be a demolition derby. Last driver in a car still running, wins the trophy, Arie announced. Annaliese cried and shared her story about being traumatized by bumper cars as a child, which raised some eyebrows. Later, the girls all appeared in racing jumpsuits and got into their cars while Annaliese had trouble holding it together and cried.

After a brief montage of the girls crashing into each other, the wheels stopped spinning and nearly all of the cars were destroyed, it was Seinne who was declared the winner.

Back at the mansion, Chelsea took Ari aside to tell him that she's a mother. Seinne took Arie aside to tell him she went to Yale. Then they kiss. Bibiana seemed upset as other girls got time with Arie and later she walked out. Arie then talked to Bekah M and they kissed. Later, Arie gave a rose to Seinne. Bibiana reaffirmed her interest in getting to know Arie.

Arie checked on Brittany, who was slightly injured in the demolition derby. She showed up, decked out in black and revealing a lot in a low-cut top. Arie praised her for being hardcore at the demolition derby and gave her a certificate that says, "Most Hardcore." They hug, but don't kiss.

As the girls vied for Arie's attention, Krystal interrupted Lauren B and Bibiana, who was already fuming, said Krystal is a selfish b**** and if she doesn't get her time, "it'll be a s*** show!"

Bibiana finally got time with Arie and Krystal interrupted. Bibiana seemed ready to kill her.

Bibiana got into with her and tells her off, then stands up when Krystal tries to defend herself and says, "Mic drop!" and walks off, leaving everyone else in silence.

Finally, at the Rose Ceremony, Arie said it's been tough and says that some of the girls will go home tonight. He gave roses to Maquel, Jacqueline, Bekah M., Jenna, Chelsea, Lauren S., Tia, Annaliese, Lauren B., Kendall, Brittany, Ashley, Marikh, Caroline and finally, Bibiana.

Jenny, the graphic designer from Chicago, did not get a rose and instead of hugging Arie on her way out, walked right past him. He went out to say goodbye, saw she was clearly upset and asked to talk about it. Jenny said she wasn't sad to leave him but sad to leave her new friends. Arie said he understood, "but at the end of the day, it's more than that here.”

In the scenes from upcoming episodes, it looks like Bibiana and Krystal are careening towards a fight.

The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Monday
Jan082018

"X-Men" series producer Lauren Schuler Donner laments Bryan Singer's "demons," calls "demeaning" Brett Ratner "horrible"

Frank Micelotta/FOX © 2017 FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Lauren Schuler Donner has produced the X-Men movies since 2000s original X-Men, and in a wide-ranging interview with Rotten Tomatoes, she commented about two of the series other vets, controversial directors Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner.

Both men have seen their reputations smashed as part of the recent accusations of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood that have led to the "#MeToo" movement.

Singer, who directed the original film, its sequel X-Men United and X-Men: Days of Future Past, was accused in a lawsuit late last year of raping a 17-year-old male in 2003. Singer "categorically" denied the accusations through his rep.

"Listen, I love Bryan, but Bryan has a lot of demons," Shuler Donner tells the movie review site. "...Bryan needs to take care of his personal problems. That’s all I can say."

The TV and movie producer wife of Superman and Lethal Weapon series director Richard Donner was less merciful regarding Ratner.

Last November, now-openly gay actress Ellen Page took to social media to accuse Ratner, who directed her in X-Men The Last Stand, of making insensitive comments about her sexuality when she was 18 years old and not yet "out." In an exchange confirmed by her then-co-star Anna Paquin, Page wrote, in part, "[Ratner] looked at a woman standing next to me...and said: "'You should f*** her to make her realize she's gay.'" She adds, "I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak."  

To Rotten Tomatoes, Schuler Donner said of Page, "I back her up 100 percent. Absolutely. He’s horrible. I’m aware he’s very demeaning to women, extremely demeaning to women, myself included. Yes, I was aware. Anybody that's female, he's demeaning."

Schuler Donner, who also produces the X-Men TV shows Legion and The Gifted was asked if Ratner, also a prolific producer, would be run out of Hollywood for his reputation. "I hope so," she offered.

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