Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC Comics (LOS ANGELES) -- Arguably the least polarizing of all of Warner Bros.' polarizing DC comic book-based films, Suicide Squad, overcame a reportedly troubled production and "meh" reviews from critics and fans alike, and managed to become a bonafide blockbuster.
The Screen Junkies gang's newest offering slices and dices the film, noting that strong performances from Will Smith, Margot Robbie, "and Jai Courtney of all people" weren't enough to save the film, "that we thought would put the DC Extended Universe back on track, but instead gave us two hours of characters trying to look cool, to a soundtrack that sounded like someone scanning through a radio dial."
The movie's high points, the trailer jokes, can't elevate it past its laughable script, and Cara Delevingne's "hula hooping witch" villain The Enchantress, and Jared Leto's "manorexic Juggalo" take on The Joker.
Sonja Flemming/CBS (NEW YORK) -- Shemar Moore holds his former Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson in high regard, but says if the actor was fired for assault, then a lesson had to be learned.
Moore, who says he's now focused on his upcoming film, The Bounce Back, which he raised money to finance, produced and stars in, says the reported incident in which Gibson allegedly kicked a co-worker during an on-set dispute was definitely unacceptable.
"As far as the circumstances that went down, there's just certain lines you can't cross," Moore tells ABC Radio. "And there's legal issues in a place of work. So all I can say to that is if he did what he did, then he has to learn a lesson. And the powers that be decided that was the lesson."
Yet Moore, who announced in March he was leaving the hit series to pursue other opportunities, still praises Gibson's work ethic and admits there were "good days and bad days" for everyone on the set.
"Thomas Gibson is a talented man, he's a talented man," Moore says. "He takes his work - he takes his life very seriously. And when you're a family, you have good days and you have bad days. Sometimes you adore each other and sometimes you need a break from each other..."
As far as making a return as Special Agent Derek Morgan, Shemar says he's open to it -- but in a limited capacity.
"If asked under the right circumstances to just come back and play with my family... those folks at Criminal Minds are like a family," Moore explains. "So would it be long term? Probably not... But would I go back and kick down doors and beat up some unsubs and flirt with my original baby girl? Um, yes, yes, yes and another, yes."
Lucasfilm - 2016(NEW YORK) -- Last week, actor Riz Ahmed had a low-key birthday. He only went to Skywalker Ranch, the Marin County, California headquarters of all things Star Wars, and watched himself in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
It was the first time he realized he was in the movie -- sort of, he told Kelly Ripa and her Live With Kelly guest co-host Ilana Glazer, of Broad City fame.
"When you're doing the shoot itself, it feels kind of surreal, doesn't quite sink in. But it's when you see those titles come up, and it says Star Wars," Ahmed recalled, losing his train of thought in excitement.
Ahmed plays gruff pilot Bohdi Rook in the film.
"Actually, at the end of the movie, it was almost kind of awkward. Kathy Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, and the director Gareth Edwards, were looking to all us actors, and we like, 'So What did you think?!' We were just silent. We were just like in stunned silence. 'Cause like, yeah: it's kind of surreal."
Rogue One, which also stars Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker, opens December 16, from Lucasfilm, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Katie Holmes is making her directorial debut in the upcoming film, All We Had.
The actress also appears in the drama, based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax. Holmes plays a struggling mother who's trying to start a new life with her teenager in a small, Midwestern town.
"[T]hey're survivors on the road," Holmes said on Good Morning America. "Sometimes Ruthie's the mom and Rita's the daughter and they're like sisters sometimes and there was this Thelma and Louise quality to them and I felt like it was just a story about humanity, healing and hopefully something that a lot of people can relate to."
She added: "It was very exciting and powerful and challenging. [I] started prepping about a year before we started shooting and just compiling a lot of inspiration photos, watching a lot of movies...and assembling my team around me. The whole process was just very positive and really rewarding and I worked with people that I love."
In the movie's credits, Holmes mentioned her daughter Suri, who she said influenced her during the making of the film.
"My daughter is an incredible little girl and she was with me every step of the way and I would be watching movies and taking pictures of the screen for inspiration for composition shots and she would pause it and take some herself," Holmes said. "She means everything to me and ... you just want to make sure your child knows how special they are so I thought years from now, I think it would probably mean more to her."
While discussing Dawson's Creek, Holmes credits the work of creator Kevin Williamson for her character Joey Potter still impacting girls today.
"He created this world and these characters that really made teenagers feel heard because he had all of us talking these big words and these thoughts and really expressing ourselves and I think that it's really a testament to him," she said. "I just feel lucky that I got to play her."
Left to right: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount Pictures debuted the teaser trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight -- the fifth and final installment in the Transformers franchise -- during halftime of the Monday Night Football game on ESPN.
The clip opens with the voice of Anthony Hopkins revealing that humans and the Autobots are at war, amid scenes of destruction. It's further revealed that Optimus Prime, the Autobots' wise and peaceful leader, has left them.
Mark Wahlberg, who helped the Autobots in the last installment, is now seen leading the fight against the villain Megatron.
The film, directed by Michael Bey and co-starring John Goodman, Stanley Tucci and Josh Duhamel, is slated for a 2017 release.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET(NEW YORK) -- He's hosted the Oscars, produced hits TV shows, written a best-selling book, and has a double-handful of Emmys and Grammys on his mantel. So for his next trick, Chris Rock is heading back to where it all started for him: the road.
The comic just announced his Total Blackout tour -- 28 dates in 26 cities, beginning February 14 in Durham, NC and running through a June 3 show in Atlantic City, NJ. If Rock's not stopping in your neighborhood, don't worry: he's promised more dates will be announced soon.
News of Rock's tour comes on the heels of the announcement last October that he's signed a deal to do two stand-up specials for Netflix, for a reported $40 million payday. The first of those specials is expected this year, so no doubt the tour will provide the footage.
Tickets for the Total Blackout tour go on sale this Friday, December 9 via Live Nation and other ticket outlets. Here are the dates so far:
2/14 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center 2/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Aronoff Center 2/18 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 2/21 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort 2/22 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort 2/23 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort 2/24 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center 2/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 3/3 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre 3/5 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater 3/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre 3/24 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall 3/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre 3/29 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 4/6 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino Resort 4/7 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino 4/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 4/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center 4/19 -- Cleveland, OH, State Theatre 4/22 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 4/28 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 5/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 5/13 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 5/14 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 5/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center 5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Centre 5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater 6/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino
ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Kimmel has a busy 2017 ahead of him.
On Monday, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host announced that in addition to hosting the Academy Awards next year, he'll also be a daddy again.
"Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear," Kimmel tweeted on Monday.
The Academy retweeted the message. This will be Kimmel's first time hosting the Oscars.
Then, during Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy revealed that he and his wife Molly McNearney -- his co-head writer on the show -- are expecting their second child.
"My wife is hosting a baby inside her body, so that's exciting," Kimmel explained. "We got the ultrasound, which is weird because you're already spying on the baby—but we asked the technician not to tell us whether we're having a boy or a girl."
"Our plan is to let the child decide for itself," he continued. "We want that to be a surprise, but I have been trying to think of names that would work for a boy or girl. So far, all I've come up with is...Dyson, after the vacuum, or Jelatin with a 'J'. No? That's exactly what my wife said."
"So, there's a lot of exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me. I'm hosting the Oscars and I had sex. Two things as a teenage boy I never thought would be possible," joked Kimmel.
The new baby's due date has not been revealed.
Jimmy and Molly have a two year-old daughter, Jane. Kimmel also has a son, Kevin, and daughter, Katherine from a previous marriage.
The 89th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, February 26, in Hollywood and will air live on ABC. Nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 24.
Wé McDonald performs on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday’s edition of The Voice, the eight remaining artists for Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys each performed twice for a chance to earn America’s vote: a solo performance and duet with another artist. Only four of the artists ultimately will advance -- the others will be sent home.
Christian Cuevas, representing Team Alicia, got things going, He went back to his roots to perform the gospel song “To Worship You I Live (Away),” by Israel & New Breed. Adam praised Cuevas for being able to wear his heart on his sleeve. Alicia was proud of the way her artist lost himself in the moment, adding that it was a “dream-come-true performance.”
The first duet of the evening featured Team Miley’s Aaron Gibson and Wé McDonald, from Team Alicia, performing “Four Five Seconds,” by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Another Team Miley member, Ali Caldwell, followed with Whitney Houston’s version of the Dolly Parton classic, “I Will Always Love You.” Alicia was impressed with the confidence Ali exuded, even as she tackled a song that was such a huge hit. She summed it up by calling it a perfect performance. Miley agreed, adding that just as Dolly and Whitney are different artists, so are Miley and Ali, yet like Houston and Parton, they too were able to find success, in spite of their stylistic differences.
Brendan Fletcher, representing Team Adam sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” which he dedicated to a fellow performer who passed away. Blake praised Brendan for his consistent growth and “infectious” voice. Adam urged America to vote for Brendan because vocally, he offers “something different.”
The next duet came from Team Blake’s Sundance Head and Team Adam’s Josh Gallagher, teaming up for the Dave Mason song “Feelin’ Alright,” popularized by Joe Cocker.
McDonald returned for her solo performance, Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Her coach Alicia Keys felt its message about inner beauty was perfect for the 17-year-old, who experienced being bullied while growing up. Miley said she would go to Wé’s concert and wear her tee shirt. Alicia gave credit to McDonald for knowing who she is as an artist.
Gibson returned with a version of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It for You),” chosen by his coach, Miley Cyrus, because she felt Aaron needed a “big moment.” Afterwards, she praised him for tackling the song and urged America to vote for him.
Christian Cuevas returned for a duet with Team Adam’s Billy Gilman on “Unsteady,” by X Ambassadors.
Next, Team Adam’s country artist, Josh Gallagher, returned for a solo performance of “Danny’s Song," by Loggins and Messina, which he dedicated to his wife. Adam boasted that his artist delivered, vocally and feel-wise, the best performance of night.”
Team Miley’s Ali Caldwell and Team Adam’s Brendan Fletcher were up next, with a cover of “It’s Only Love,” by Tina Turner and Bryan Adams.
Team Blake’s last remaining member, Sundance Head, returned to perform The Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge. The duo’s Wynonna Judd called Sundance to wish him luck and advised him to “just be you” and “let it rip.” The performance left Blake at a loss for words, except to say that the performance could not have been better.
Billy Gilman closed out the night with a performance of Céline Dion’s “I Surrender.” Adam noted that there’s nothing left to be said about Billy’s vocal ability, except that in addition to being a great singer, he’s also humble.
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is headed back to the Apollo stage to host the two-hour Showtime at the Apollo special and says the show's performances and tributes will stun you.
"Ah, man, it's so many great performances -- so many tributes, but what made the Apollo famous was amateur night," Harvey tells ABC Radio. "That's what made it famous and that's what we're going to do is amateur night, it's that one person. There's some people that come out there that's going to stun you with how good they are."
The comedian, who hosted the television show from 1993 to 2000, says the show, which ran for twenty-one seasons and was his first television gig, left a lasting impression on him sixteen years later.
"It was crazy man because that was my first TV show," he says. "That was the very first time I was on TV. That stage is crazy because the Apollo is like nothing else."
Although Steve admits he's a fan of the platform that has helped many unknown performers make strides in their careers, he acknowledges that not everyone who hits the Apollo stage will become a star.
"Everybody don't make it at the Apollo, I'm sorry. Everybody don't make it, it's impossible," he
Showtime at the Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Marvel - 2016"Holy crap!" With that, director James Gunntold his Facebook followers that his teaser to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just earned a second place finish for the most-watched teaser in 24 hours, attracting 81 million views in its first 24 hours.
The spot, released Saturday, was second only to the eyeballs attracted by Disney's Beauty and the Beasts' live-action sneak peek.
What's more, the GOTG Vol. 2 teaser is now the biggest Marvel Studios teaser ever.
"No kidding - I'm, like, floored," Gunn posted, thanking, "all of you so very much for watching it (more than once), and sharing it, and welcoming Baby Groot and Mantis with open arms."
The teaser debuted Saturday at Brazil Comic Con.
Gunn added, "Oh - and the icing on the cake - 'Fox on the Run' by Sweet, the song used in the teaser, rose to number one on the iTunes Rock Chart!"
Gunn and his GOTG star Chris Pratt also appeared online Monday to urge fans to upload their pictures to Marvel Studios Hero Acts, a site that trades uploaded pics and shares to social media to charity donations to Save the Children. Uploading your best superhero pose not only generates cold hard cash for the charity, but can earn you a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to see the film at the movie's premiere.
Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Netflix - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a one-two-three punch of good news for fans of Netflix's Marvel series.
The acclaimed series Luke Cage, staring Mike Colter as a near-indestructible ex-con fighting crime in Harlem, will return for a second season. The announcement came in the form of a short video posted to social media.
The character, along with fellow Marvel heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, will be part of a planned Defenders miniseries on the subscription service.
The standalone Iron Fist series will now officially debut March 17, 2017. The series centers on Finn Jones' Danny Rand, the son of a murdered billionaire, who earns the right to wield a mystic fighting power.
In a final bit of news, Jessica Jones, which starred Krysten Ritter as a young woman whose superhero career was cut short due to a personal tragedy, has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray.
While each hero is different, Marvel Television President Jeph Loeb tells ABC Radio that every Marvel series has one thing in common: story and characters come first.
He says of Luke Cage, "The fact that it's connected [with fans] in the same kind of way that Jessica Jones connected on another level, and the same kind of way Daredevil connected on another level -- the same kind of way [Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. has somehow managed to become the show people really wanna watch with families ---what we're trying to do is what Marvel has done forever, which is just tell stories that people wanna see."
Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Lucasfilm - 2016(LONDON) -- With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out in a matter of days, a British energy company estimated what it would take to run the Empire’s space station that plays a central role in the film.
Long story short: tons.
According to OVO Energy, it would cost, "30 trillion times all the money on earth" to run for a single day -- and no word on whether The Empire made Mustafar pay for it all.
The company estimated the energy and other logistical costs -- clothing, food, and garbage disposal for more than 2 million occupants -- based on the "real" specs culled from Star Wars canon.
For example, charging the moon-sized space station’s giant, planet-smashing laser, is estimated to have a power output 3 million times more powerful than the sun. Cranking that bad boy up just once would cost more than 5.3 billion.
Add in the station's lightspeed-capable engines, light bulb usage, and the like, and the whole kit and caboodle would cost $7.8 octillion per day.
Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, and Donnie Yen, opens December 16 from Lucasfilm, which like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead before next Sunday's mid-season finale opens with Michonne whistling on a road, deliberately drawing out walkers. She dispatches a pair before dragging one off.
Meanwhile, Rick and Aaron wake up at a box truck at dawn, during their supply run. A different box truck has two Saviors stopped, awaiting a highway of walkers to shamble by before they start rolling again.
Jesus and Carl are inside. Jesus proposes jumping out as the nears Negan's compound, the Sanctuary. Carl suggests Jesus goes first. He does; Carl waves as the truck pulls away.
At the Saviors compound, Carl wastes no time. He shoots one savior and demands at gunpoint to see Negan. Carl is rushed, shooting another henchman accidentally, before getting caught.
Negan offers to show Carl around, stopping only to show off both the respect the others show to him, and his harem of wives.
Back at Alexandria, Rosita refuses to go on a supply run with Spencer and takes Eugene to the bullet workshop instead.
At the saviors' compound, Negan deals with one of his wives who cheated on him, all while taking Carl along.
Closer to Alexandria, Father Gabriel and Spencer are driving when the latter blames Rick for all that's happened. "There's no future with him in charge," he sulks.
At Negan's HQ, he makes Carl show off his missing eye. Carl is devastated. Negan apologizes for insulting him, and makes him sing a song. Carl picks "You Are My Sunshine," which his mom used to sing to him. Negan practices swinging Lucille in the background.
Carl wonders why Negan hasn't killed him. Despite it all, he remains defiant: "You haven't killed us because you can't kill us," he says.
Negan drives off with Carl. "We're taking him home," he tells Daryl, who threatens Negan not to hurt him. For that, Negan tells Dwight to give him a "time out."
In his cell, somebody passes Daryl a note reading "Go now."
Meanwhile, a red-headed female Savior drives on a country road until her truck is blocked by a line of walker bodies.
She dismounts to investigate, only to find Michonne's katana at her head. Michonne disarms her and demands to be taken to Negan. After a failed disarm attempt, Michonne regains the upper hand.
At the workshop, Rosita flames Eugene, calling him useless unless he does what he promised he'd do -- make a single bullet.
At Alexandria, Negan questions Olivia about Rick's whereabouts, noting he'll pass the time for Rick to get back by having Carl give him a tour. Negan enjoys the amenities of Alexandria, from running water to shag carpeting, before entering another room -- and finding baby Judith. He picks her up and cradles the "little angel."
On a supply run, Rick and Aaron find a compound protected by walkers.
Meanwhile, Eugene has made Rosita's single bullet, while Spencer shows up with a cache of supplies he's dug up, intending to give them all to Negan.
Meanwhile, Negan cradles Judith on a porch, telling Carl maybe he should kill him and Rick after all, and move "to the suburbs."
The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead airs next Sunday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.
Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- Disney's Moana, featuring the voices of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, continued its box office domination, finishing at number one for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $28.37 million. That brings the animated fantasy's domestic total to just under $120 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
In second place, earning an estimated $18.5 million, is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, Collin Farrell and Katherine Waterston. The film's domestic total earnings now stands at $183.5 million, tenth among all 2016 releases.
Arrival, starring Amy Adams, landed in third place with an estimated $7.3 million.
Rounding out the top five is Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, in fourth place with $7 million, and Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, at number five with an estimated $6.48 million weekend. That brings Strange's domestic gross to $215.3 million, making it the ninth-highest-grossing domestic release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the eighth largest worldwide release in the MCU.
Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, made a strong showing with $275,000 in five theaters total in New York and Los Angeles. Jackie will expand to five additional markets -- Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Toronto and Phoenix -- in addition to adding a few theaters in both NY and LA.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:
1. Moana, $28.37 million 2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, $18.5 million 3. Arrival, $7.3 million 4. Allied, $7 million 5. Doctor Strange, $6.48 million 6. Trolls, $4.6 million 7. Hacksaw Ridge, $3.4 million 8. Bad Santa 2, $3.2 million 9. Incarnate, $2.6 million 10. Almost Christmas, $2.5 million