ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- While fans bite their nails in anticipation to see who Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan went to bat for -- literally -- in the closing moments of season six of The Walking Dead, let's hope their hands are clean. And what better way to do that than with soap celebrating The Walking Dead?
Creator Denise Mancuso and her family at AJSweetSoap are true TWD fans, and as such have crafted a line of clever soaps to celebrate AMC's runaway hit. Available are severed "ears" reminiscent of the walker trophies strung together by Daryl Dixon on the show: his real-life alter-ego Norman Reedus even happily posed with the unique take on "Soap on a Rope" -- at a fan convention.
Marvel - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- The premiere of the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, took over Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night. Based on the comic book character that debuted in 1963, Dr. Strange is a surgeon who falls from grace who later becomes a sorcerer and master of the mystic arts.
The movie version of the comic book stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero, along with Tilda Swinton,Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Benjamin Bratt.
Director Scott Derrickson told ABC Radio he’s loved all the Marvel movies so far, but he’s glad he got to helmDoctor Strange, which is a much different entry into the Marvel Universe than say Captain America or Iron Man.
“I was ready for it to switch up, I was ready for some left turns,” the director said. “Guardians of the Galaxy was a hard left turn. Ant-Man was even a bit of a left turn. Like, I was satisfied that they were doing some things that were slightly unexpected. But as a fan I thought we need a hard left turn. We need some weirdness in here, you know? And Doctor Strange is the perfect comic for that.”
Tilda Swinton said making the trippy flick was like nothing she’s ever experienced.
“This really is insane,” she said. “They'll sort of say, 'Okay, look up there at that tiny piece of sticky tape. That is a planet, and when you move this piece of, kind of, plywood, it's gonna move.' So you say, 'Okay!' like a six-year-old.”
Benedict Wong was a huge comic book fan as a kid but didn’t know Doctor Strange.
“No I didn't. I mean, I was always a Spider-Man comic fan as a teenager… It's just amazing just to be a part of this.”
L-R: Tom Cruise, Judd Lormand and Jason Douglas; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
* Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Tom Cruise reprises the titular role from the 2012 original. In this sequel, Jack tries to prove the innocence of the Army major who leads his old investigative unit and is accused of treason. Cobie Smulders also stars in the movie, which is based on the Lee Child book of the same name. Rated PG-13.
* Ouija: Origin of Evil -- In 1965 Los Angeles, a young girl is possessed by a spirit, and her family tries to save her from it. This is a sequel to the 2014 horror hit based on the spirit board. Rated PG-13.
* Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween -- Tyler Perry brings Madea back to the big screen. This time, the hilarious elderly woman is haunted by ghosts and more during Halloween time. Rated PG-13.
* Keeping Up with the Joneses -- A suburban couple welcome new neighbors -- the Joneses -- who turn out to be covert operatives. Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot star. Rated PG-13.
Cobie Smulders and Tom Cruise; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- In this story, former military police commander Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) gets embroiled in an unimaginative and predictable caper with trite dialogue when Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), the woman who took over his job, is arrested for espionage.
You see, Reacher has a crush on Turner and returns to Washington, D.C. to take her on a date. When he shows up at her office and finds out she’s been arrested and replaced, it’s time for Reacher to take action.
Further complicating matters: it seems Reacher may or may not have a daughter named Samantha (Danika Yarosh). We’re then treated to a cat-and-mouse game between Reacher and The Hunter (Patrick Heusinger), a former military specialist-turned-assassin and handsome cliché.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back isn’t just a title. It’s a command to moviegoers, as in never go back to the theater to see another Jack Reacher movie.
I’m a fan of Tom Cruise. I liked the first Jack Reacher movie. But this one has to be, in my opinion, one of Tom Cruise’s worst movies, though I’m not sure Tom Cruise fans that aren’t movie critics are going to care. There are actually better and more original action sequences in a comedy coming out this weekend titled Keeping Up with the Joneses. But like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, that’s not a good movie either.
L-R: Jon Hamm, Zack Galifianakis, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot; Bob Mahoney; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play Jeff and Karen Gaffney, the former a human resources director for a tech company and the latter, an interior designer. They lead extraordinarily ordinary but happy lives, parents of two kids, living in a cul-de-sac in an Atlanta suburb near pretty much everybody Jeff works with.
Things become less ordinary when extraordinarily handsome and seemingly perfect couple Tim and Natalie Jones (John Hamm and Gal Gadot) move in next door. Tim claims to be a travel writer and Natalie raises money for Sri Lanka orphans, or something like that.
Karen isn’t buying it. She watches the Joneses, and in one case, follows Natalie around for a day, which leads to the film’s funniest sequence. A film with this cast should’ve had a dozen sequences just as funny. It does not.
One of the great mysteries of the movie business is the consistent ability of Hollywood executives to assemble a talented cast and still make a bad movie. Welcome to Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Zach Galifianakis is one of the funniest people on the planet. To put him in a movie and have him recite unfunny lines is like driving a Porsche in the slow lane and never shifting out of first gear. Furthermore, Isla Fisher has proven she’s also quite hilarious. Let’s throw in John Hamm’s ability to elicit laughter and the genius that is Patton Oswalt, along with proven supporting players like Matt Walsh and Bobby Lee, and this should be a comedy slam dunk. Instead, it’s maybe two laugh-out-loud moments, a few giggles, a smile and a whole lot of eye-rolling.
I will say this. There’s a terrific action sequence in this movie, better than anything you’ll see in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, another bad movie opening this weekend.
Instead of Keeping Up with the Joneses, might I suggest you keep up with whatever you haven’t binge-watched yet on Netflix.
Gene Page/AMC(LONDON) -- "In case you've been living under a rock -- or hiding under a tank," to quote Monty Python veteran John Cleese, you know that season seven of The Walking Dead kicks off Sunday night on AMC.
Cleese has been tapped by NOW TV to quickly recap all six seasons of the hit show.
As a narrator, the comedy legend runs through the entire series, from Rick Grimes' spooky awakening from a coma into the zombie -- ahem, "walker" -- apocalypse, to finding out his best friend has been shagging his wife, right up to the season-six cliffhanger ending, when Jeffrey Dean Morgan's "nutter" named Negan goes all "Eeny Meeny Miney Moe" with Grimes' gang with the baddie's barbed wire-covered bat, Lucille.
Along the way, Cleese ticks off several "rules" for the show to help the uninitiated catch up. Rule #2 is a potent one: just when the heroes find a safe place -- whether it be the CDC headquarters, Herschel's farm, the prison, or Alexandria -- the rule stipulates "THERE ARE NO SAFE PLACES."
Season seven kicks off Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC. Incidentally, TWD fans across The Pond for whom the spot was created have to wait an extra day to see whom Negan killed. Stay off social media, mates.
ABC/Gilles Mingasson(NEW YORK) -- Fans of How to Get Away With Murder are still recovering from the major truth bombs that were dropped during last Thursday night’s episode.
Turns out, Karla Souza's Laurel is not the character #UnderTheSheet, but she’s -- spoiler alert -- pregnant?
The next new episode won’t air until tonight, and even though Souza chatted with ABC Radio's GMA After Hours, she wasn't spilling any spoilers. Why? Because Shonda Rimes is keeping everybody in the dark -- including the cast.
"They haven't told me who the father is!" says Souza. "I mean, they wrote in enough for you to be sort of like: 'Is it Frank, is it Wes?' Is it -- who knows?' You know? And...i guess it's going to be very exciting to find out, but also worrisome, because she's in the hospital bed, about to maybe die!
How to Get Away With Murder airs 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (LOS ANGELES) -- 20th Century Fox has revealed the trailer for Logan, Hugh Jackman's last go-round as the titular X-Men hero.
Directed by James Mangold, who helmed well-received hit The Wolverine, the promo spot for Logan shows a very different Wolverine than the basically indestructible, metal-clawed mutant: his regenerative powers waning, he's scarred and suffering from tremors.
The moody clip, set to Johnny Cash's haunting cover of "Hurt," shows that Patrick Stewart's once powerful psychic, Professor Xavier, is now frail. He pins their hopes to a young girl. "She's like you," Professor X tells Logan. "She needs our help."
The girl is apparently a fugitive from a government program that turns kids into killer mutants. And like Logan, she too has metal claws.
Naturally, there are nefarious folks on their tail, including Narcos star Boyd Holbrook, playing mutant hunting cyborg comic baddie Donald Pierce.
The fan reaction to the trailer has been stellar, including from none other than Deadpool star and Hugh Jackman fanboy Ryan Reynolds, who tweeted: "Inject this film directly into my face immediately."
Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After almost a decade of marriage, Ellen DeGeneres is grateful that she found her "best friend" in wife Portia de Rossi.
"Because not everybody finds that," she told People magazine for this week's cover story. "Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.’"
The famed talk show host, 58, says that she often thinks about her blessed life, especially since "it took a while to find this."
"Sometimes it’s lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whatever, whoever is out there. I’ve gotten to a place where I really am just settled. Really. I know that I’m not going anywhere. She’s not going anywhere," she said.
de Rossi, 43, and the comedienne married in 2008 and live in Los Angeles with a slew of pets, and that's just fine with them.
“Our priorities are each other too. If we had kids, then I’m sure they would be, but we are. And that’s important," she said. "You want to feel that you’re understood, and they know exactly who you are, and they know how to take care of you. That, to me, is family. I don’t think it has anything to do with blood relation."
In fact, DeGeneres "can’t imagine not being married."
DeGeneres, who came out as gay in the 1990s, recently sat down with ABC's Nightline to talk about her journey.
"When you’re gay and you’re successful in this business, your whole team says, ‘Don’t rock the boat. You know, you’re doing fine,'" she said about coming out while headlining a successful sitcom years ago. "And I just thought, you know, what’s equally as important as my career is living my life without shame."
Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian West is taking things "one day at a time" after being robbed at gunpoint in a Paris mansion earlier this month.
"It's a process," her mother Kris Jenner told E! News in an exclusive interview. "One day at a time. It's a process."
Jenner has been gathering the family around Kardashian West to make sure "she feels loved and safe."
"She's home, and that's all that matters," the Kardashian matriarch said. "She wants to be with her kids and family. It's just family first."
Jenner spoke out for the first time about the robbery while attending an event for daughter Khloe Kardashian's Good American denim line.
At the event, Khloe called the traumatic incident a "wake-up call."
"I mean, definitely it's been an incredibly traumatic experience for Kim and she's definitely taking some well needed and much deserved time off," the 32-year-old said.
Meanwhile, Kardashian West and her other family members are re-evaluating their public lives.
"When you have a daughter at home who's struggling because of something horrific and tragic that happened, you start looking around a little bit differently," Jenner said. "I think this is a wake-up call not only for our family, but for anybody in a similar position."
On October 3, armed robbers forced their way into the Paris home where Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry.
Todd Williamson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal trespass and riot charges that came following her arrest earlier this month while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
Woodley faces a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000 if convicted, according to court docs from the district court in Morton County, North Dakota.
Woodley was arrested on October 10 for protesting the four-state crude oil pipeline that has courted controversy since earlier this summer, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block its construction, claiming the pipeline threatened the tribe's water supply and traversed culturally sacred sites.
Woodley broadcast her arrest on Facebook Live.
Amy Goodman, a journalist for "Democracy Now!," was also arrested while covering the protest last month and charged with criminal trespass, according to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff's Department.
Goodman's arrest garnered outrage from many who claimed that it infringed on her First Amendment rights as a journalist. The Morton County Sheriff's Department later dismissed the criminal trespass charge against Goodman but said in a statement that other charges were still being considered against her.
Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday and read an open letter directed at the 200 audience members who walked out of her show a couple of days earlier in Tampa, due to her harsh criticism of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to New York magazine.
“Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now,” read the 35-year-old comedian and Inside Amy Schumer star. “How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?”
“After the show, I want you to know that I will go straight to a rehab facility that will teach me how to make all people happy. Both the rich, entitled, white people who are gonna vote for him and the very poor people — who’ve been tricked into it!" she continued. "And Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster. Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!”
A few audience members who spoke to the Tampa Bay Times after Sunday's show in Tampa said her Trump remarks were too political.
Steve Wilkie - Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- We've been doing the “Time Warp” for 40 years, but heck...let's do it again.
Thursday night, Fox presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- Let's Do the Time Warp Again, a reboot of the 1976 cult film that put Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick on the map, and featured daring depictions of bisexuality, cross-dressing, cannibalism and more.
The movie's star is Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien mad scientist who creates Rocky, a hunky blond, as his sex slave. When innocent couple Brad and Janet arrive at Frank's mansion, they enter a hedonistic world where sexual hijinks, partner-swapping and murder are on the menu.
Tim Curry played Frank in the original, but in the reboot, he's the narrator. Orange Is the New Black star, transgender actress Laverne Cox portrays Frank in the Fox production.
"The film is epic," Cox raves to ABC Radio. "The set design, the costumes, the way we tell the story, the cast -- it’s so epic and so special and it really is an homage to the fans...who've made Rocky Horror the longest running film in movie history."
The cast also includes Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, and Reeve Carney,Christina Milian and Annaleigh Ashford as Frank's servants. Ben Vereen portrays Dr. Scott andAdam Lambert plays Eddie, Dr. Scott's lobotomized nephew.
Rock legend Meat Loaf -- Eddie in the original -- isn’t sure why the movie still captivates.
"I can’t explain it," he tells ABC Radio. "The only thing that I can explain about Rocky Horror is there’s a line in it and it says, 'Don’t dream it; be it.' … If you want something, go and work for it!"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- Let's Do the Time Warp Again airs October 20 at 8 p.m. ET
ABC/Randy Holmes (NEW YORK) -- Actor Ewan McGregor's directorial debut, the drama American Pastoral, opens in limited release Friday, but he will soon be seen in two much higher profile projects, a sequel to Trainspotting, in which he had his breakout role, and as Lumiere the candelabra in Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action film.
On Live with Kelly, McGregor told Kelly Ripa of the former film, which takes place two decades years after Danny Boyle's original black comedy debuted, "We had a moment every day on set where where we called it, 'the twenty years later moment'...because it would remind you every now and again, playing the same character, that that time had passed."
The movie's original core cast, including Robert Caryle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner, all returned for the follow-up -- though McGregor, who played Renton, couldn't reveal to Ripa or her guest co-host Ciara if the characters were still doing drugs. But with a laugh, he acknowledged, "It was fun!"
As for Beauty and the Beast, which debuts next November with Emma Watson as Belle, McGregor said he had a tough time nailing Lumiere's accent. "I'm married to a Frenchwoman for 20 years, my children speak French, and I was dreadful...It suddenly became very Mexican...I sort of did this this Mexican candelabra...But then we got a chance to re-do it again, and I made it a bit more French."
The film, which McGregor says allowed even the CG characters to appear live, "at the end," opens in March of 2017 from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
This time around, the team of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, a teeth-picking Rocket Racoon, and Dave Bautista's hulking Drax -- as well as a still-growing Baby Groot peeking out from Quill's boot – are joined by returning players Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan asYondu and Nebula, respectively.
The teaser – which like the first one is set to Blue Swede's Hooked on a Feeling -- reveals small snippets of action and even a sense of foreboding, combined with the movie's trademark irreverent humor. For example, a sign reading, "Spaceuits for emergency" has been tagged with a magic marker scrawl "OR FOR FUN."
"This summer," a title card reads, "The galaxy won't save itself."
"There are two types of beings in the universe," Drax advises. "I get it," Quill says, "I'm a dancer, Gamora is not."
"You just need to find somebody who is pathetic, like you," the metaphor-challenged alien advises, before grabbing Quill in an unwanted bro hug.
Rocket and Baby Groot also make an appearance, with the former blowing a hole in something -- or someone -- and smirking through it, and the baby version of the tree who sacrificed himself at the end of the first film cooing cutely.
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Kurt Russell as Quill's dad Ego, The Living Planet, opens May 5, 2017.
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