ABC/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- She might not be the "biggest fish" in Hollywood, but that's just fine withKristen Bell. "Those big fish sometimes have a hard time," the Bad Moms star told CBS Sunday Morning. "I can still go to the grocery store."
Bell's focus remains her family not fame, the Frozen voiceover actress noted, sharing for the very first time pictures of her "tiny" wedding to actor Dax Shepard.
While some stars are more famous for their multimillion dollar weddings that are expensive as their marriages are short, Bell and her hubby had a simple, no-frills courthouse wedding in 2013 that remains one of the highlights of Bell's life.
"We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life," Bell explained, showing the couple's attire was equally understated: Shepard is wearing a black tuxedo with bow tie and Bell has on a simple black top and pants with a statement necklace.
Bell got emotional while talking about her actor husband and the father of their two young daughters.
"He's a wonderful father," she said, tearing up.
"He knows the value of things. He was an addict for many, many years and he pulled himself out of it, and he's been sober for 11 or 12 years now," Bell added. "And he knows how many times he's messed up and how many times he's been really closing to losing everything."
Bell also knows the value of family. The Bad Moms star, who has appeared with her husband in ads for Samsung Electronics and will star alongside him in a movie next year, doesn't take what she has for granted.
"I always think, if I'm on my deathbed, what am I gonna be thinking about? And it won't be some random movie I participated in, or some TV show. It will be my family," Bell said.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange, who turns to mysticism to try to heal his injured hands following a terrible car wreck -- and ends up discovering the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
The new, nearly two-and-a-half-minute clip prominently features Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Strange's mentor, who helps transform the brilliant surgeon into the "Sorcerer Supreme."
Speaking with ABC Radio at Comic-Con, director Scott Derrickson said of the film, "It is darker, I think, and more serious than maybe any Marvel movie....It's not Guardians of the Galaxy but it's by no means dour."
Doctor Strange, co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen, will be released November 4.
Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, new footage from the sequel was screened, and Kurt Russell was confirmed to be playing Ego (AKA Ego, The Living Planet), the alien father of Chris Pratt's half-earthling Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
The film will have a baby Groot, which director James Gunn says he spent a lot of time designing -- and about whom lucky fans who saw a peek couldn't stop gushing online.
"It was something that really ushered the movie in a new direction," he says of the tree character, which was born out of the Groot that died in the first film.
It was announced that a new attraction based on the Guardians of the Galaxy series will open at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, California, next summer. You can preview the ride by watching a featurette on Disneyland's YouTube page.
The sequel debuts in May of 2017.
Marvel also unveiled Hulk-related props from the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, as well as footage and concept art of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will have Tom Holland reprising the titular role after appearing in this year's Captain America: Civil War.
"It's a straight-up high school movie," director Jon Watts described the project.
The film, also featuring Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei, hits theaters in July of 2017.
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L-R: Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) -- Marvel's Black Panther cast was unveiled over the weekend during Comic-Con in San Diego.
We already knew Chadwick Boseman will play the titular character. On Saturday, the studio confirmed that Michael B. Jordan will co-star as Erik Killmonger; Lupita Nyong’o will portray Nakia; and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira will fill the role of Okoye.
Jordan told ABC Radio "it's about time" that there's a comic book movie with a black cast and black director -- his Creed director, Ryan Coogler.
"I feel really optimistic about it and I'm really proud to be a part of it," he added.
Jordan further commented on how a movie like this one can help heal the racial tensions the country is experiencing right now.
"I think whenever you're able to tell stories from different perspectives that people might have a stereotypical point of view on and you're able to shine a light on it in a creative way, I think that always helps," he said.
Nyong'o pointed out that Marvel has a "rich and diverse universe," and its films are "embracing that diversity."
Black Panther will arrive in theaters in 2018.
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John Oliver; Emily Shur/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Every election cycle, there’s always at least a few stories about candidates using a singer or band’s song in their campaign without the artist’s permission. Most recently, it’s the Donald Trump campaign that’s taken heat for that from Queen, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison. Now, John Oliver is giving the artists their say.
A segment that aired Sunday night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver features some A-list artists all performing “Stop Using Our Songs” -- a tongue-in-cheek, “We Are the World”-type anthem appealing to politicians to, well, stop using their songs without permission.
Rockers Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, John Mellencamp, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, and pop stars Cyndi Lauper, Usher, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and Michael Bolton all take turns singing the verses, then join in on the chorus:
"Stop using our songs, you won’t sing along/It might seem appealing, but you’re just stealing.”
The video does give candidates an alternate song they can use for free: a cat walking across an electric organ’s keys, then laying down on them for a nice nap.
Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Star Trek Beyond beamed up to the top spot at the weekend box office.
The third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise earned an estimated 59.6 million dollars to open in first place.
Star Trek Beyond was directed by Justin Lin, who took over the reins from J.J. Abrams. The movie features Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and the late Anton Yelchin, plus newcomer to the series Idris Elba.
After two weeks in first place, the animated hit The Secret Life of Pets slipped to second place, collecting 29.3 million dollars.
The new horror flick Lights Out tied for third place with Ghostbusters; both made 21.6 million dollars.
Ice Age: Collision Course followed with a 21-million-dollar debut.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:
1. Star Trek Beyond, $59.6 million. 2. The Secret Life of Pets, $29.3 million. 3T. Lights Out, $21.6 million. 3T. Ghostbusters, $21.6 million. 5. Ice Age: Collision Course, $21 million. 6. Finding Dory, $7.2 million. 7. The Legend of Tarzan, $6.4 million. 8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, $4.4 million. 9. Kabali (Tamil & Telugu), $4.1 million. 10. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, $3.7 million.
Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Zachary Quinto can be seen in his third go 'round as Mr. Spock in Star Trek Beyond. In a chat with ABC News, Quinto admits he was nervous to meet the late Leonard Nimoy before getting the chance to play the actor and director's younger self.
However, the pair unexpectedly became close friends, Quinto says, making Nimoy's death in 2015 especially hard. "It just became a really, really profound and important relationship, and I miss him."
Although Nimoy is gone, he's a part of Star Trek Beyond, Quinto explains. "I feel like it was very important for me to find a way to include him in this film. and I thought that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, our writers, did a beautiful job of really weaving him into the narrative, and not having it be a fleeting acknowledgement..."
Quinto adds, "A lot of audiences responded really, really positively to that."
The cast also had to weather the death of another former castmember, Anton Yelchin, who was killed in a freak car accident in June.
His character, Pavel Chekov, won't be re-cast by Trek reboot series producer J.J. Abrams, and Quinto agrees with the decision. "To honor him and the beautiful work in these movies, we'll find ways to honor him and celebrate him, but not try to ever put somebody in his place, because that would be impossible anyway...He was an incredible guy. We miss him."
Star Trek Beyond debuted in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated 59.6 million dollars.
AMC(SAN DIEGO) -- On October 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern, fans of The Walking Dead will finally got to see which one of Rick's gang Negan executed in the closing moments of season six.
The AMC smash -- pun intended -- will return that night, finally, presumably, solving the mystery of which cast member bought it at the end of Lucille, the barb wire-covered bat wielded by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's big bad.
Along with that news, shared at San Diego Comic-Con, came a new trailer.
Footage of the beloved characters in the Grimes posse -- Rick, Daryl, Carl, Abraham, Maggie, Glenn, Sasha, Aaron, Michonne, Rosita, and Eugene -- flash by as Negan calmly recites, "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe."
The footage -- which also features the expected walker-killing action -- also introduces another major character from the Walking Dead graphic novel series, the tiger-wielding King Ezekiel.
Seriously: dude sits on a throne and pets a tiger.
MPL Communications/MJ Kim(LONDON) -- The U.K.'s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.
The 74-year-old musician's old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.
In a video message, McCartney says the honor, "feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award]."
He adds, "So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"
The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four's first album, 1963's Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.
Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 -- with pop star Robbie Williams -- with 15. Elvis Presley, Phil Collins and Madonna are tied for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums, while David Bowie is #9 with 11.
McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.
Marvel/Netflix(SAN DIEGO) -- As its hard-hitting "Hell's Kitchen Heroes" would, Marvel came out swinging at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, with a slew of news and new footage from its Netflix shows.
Not only did they release a full teaser to this fall's Luke Cage, but also a "first look" at the upcoming Iron Fist, and teasers for both the third season of Daredevil, and The Defenders, the series that will unite each of the series titular heroes -- as well as Kysten Ritter's Jessica Jones -- into one Avengers-like team.
Luke Cage hits the streaming service first, debuting on September 20. In the series, Mike Colter reprises his Jessica Jones role as Cage, a wrongly-accused fugitive left super-strong and unbreakable after an experiment. The series will see Luke relocating uptown from Jones' and Daredevil's home turf of Hell's Kitchen to Harlem, where Cage will take on criminal kingpin Cottonmouth Stokes, the cousin of a local politician played by Alfre Woodard.
"...I'm not wearing a costume," Colter says of Cage. "I'm a street-level hero. And what I'm trying to do is work on saving the community." He adds of the anticipated series, "It's really grounded."
Iron Fist follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the son of a murdered business mogul who masters martial arts -- and eventually a mystical power that makes his fists inhumanly strong -- to avenge his murdered parents. The show debuts in 2017, as does Defenders.
Release dates for a second season of Jones, Daredevil season 3, and a Punisher series haven't been released.
Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Jones is back on Twitter after nearly 72 hours of social media silence.
The Ghostbusters star made a grand entrance tweeting, "Welp...a b**** thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!"
She then quickly followed up her tweet with a Wilmer Valderrama meme from That '70s Show that shows Valderrama's character Fez mouthing "I love you."
Jones adds the message, "Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on@sethmeyers#LoveForLeslieJ."
Jones had announced on Monday she was leaving social media after receiving an onslaught of racist comments. She was immediately defended by fans and many of her celebrity friends including Dan Aykroyd, who called her haters "insignificant gnats."
Paramount Pictures(SAN DIEGO) -- Zachary Quinto is the rare person who hasn't been swept up in the Pokemon Go craze.
The Star Trek star says the popularity of the mobile game "unsettles" and "troubles" him. "I have no judgment of people who want to play it, but it is entirely not for me and I will not ever play it," he told ABC Radio Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
In other words, he won't be searching for Pokemon while he's at Comic-Con. He's there to promote a couple of projects, Star Trek Beyond and Snowden.
You can see Quinto reprise his role of Spock in Star Trek Beyond beginning Friday.
Paramount Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) -- When I last wrote a review of a Star Trek movie, I received the wrath of Kahn: Fans – some of whom hadn’t even seen the movie yet -- were furious I didn’t like Into Darkness. A few were also upset because I spoiled the movie’s predictable reveal. I apologized for that, but I will never apologize for disliking that movie.
I thought Pine’s Kirk was insufferable, and aped whiny Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV. I thought some of the plot points and decisions made by The Federation were so ludicrous, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for the majority of the movie.
I also know some die-hard fans who were furious about the movie not being “canon.” Look, I grew up with Allan Asherman’s Star Trek Compendium prominently displayed on our living room bookcase -- hey, Allan Asherman even came over to our house! But when it comes to these Star Trek movies, you know what? I don’t give a Tribble about canon. I just want to see a movie that makes sense and is entertaining.
So, I’m going to make this review completely spoiler free:
Star Trek Beyond is fantastic! The End. Love, David.
OK, I lied. I’m back.
Whether directors J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung meant to or not, this is the one Star Trek movie that absolutely, unequivocally says, “Gen X-ers: this one’s for you!” I am a Gen X-er…and there are moments in this movie that are catnip for anybody from that era.
We have a killer and endearing opening scene, followed by Pine as a much more mature and pensive Kirk. His first Captain’s Log does a superlative job of inviting us along on this particular journey: it’s human and relatable. A Starship captain’s struggle is real, yo! James Tiberius Kirk needs a change, and once the Enterprise arrives at the Federation’s newest, jaw-dropping space station, we find out his intentions when he meets with Commodore Paris (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
Minimal spoilers ahead!
Kirk and company are called back into action when an unidentifiable ship in distress comes hurtling towards the space station. The lone being on the ship claims to be a female officer from a distant planet whose crew was abducted, and she needs to get her ship back. Obviously, the Enterprise is the only ship that could handle this particular mission – but nobody could predict what comes next!
What ensues is, in my opinion, the best battle sequence in the whole of the Star Trek franchise. It is legitimately terrifying, as well as thrilling, and it’s when we meet our villain, Krall (Idris Elba). Director Justin Lin does a fantastic job of endowing that moment, and the ones immediately following, with a sense of hopelessness and doom and gloom I haven’t really experienced since Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn.
Then, there are Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) and Chief Engineer Scotty (Pegg). Maybe it’s because Pegg co-wrote the movie, but Scotty’s at his funniest here, while Urban’s DeForrest Kelly-inspired portrayal of Bones is just beautiful, and the best piece of casting in this series, period. Sure, Zachary Quinto looks like Spock, but there’s no character that links this movie more to the original TV franchise than Urban’s Bones. (Ok, maybe I care about canon just little bit.)
Another fine addition is Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a bad-ass warrior with pale white skin and a zebra-striped face who is destined to be the darling of cosplayers everywhere.
That’s not to say that Star Trek Beyond is perfect. It contains an unlikely and unbelievable call to action which nearly ruins the movie, and it sells out the same way every other big-budget action movie sells out. But let’s not forget who’s directing here: the man behind a bunch of Fast and Furious movies, which sell out better than any other action franchise. The difference here is that this particular Star Trek movie goes to great lengths – okay, Beyond -- to embody the ideals of the franchise’s late creator, Gene Roddenberry.
Specifically, the story is sprinkled with some powerful imagery regarding race, sex and gender equality. A great example is the sequence where we’re introduced to the space station: through camerawork and CGI, Lin shows us a testament to what can be accomplished when the universe collaborates. It is, more so than any of the other Star Trek films, an optimistic story about what is possible when we put our differences aside -- while still celebrating those differences -- and come together as a community.
Warner Bros./New Line(NEW YORK) -- In James Wan I trust, so the fact that he’s the guy behind the new horror flick Lights Out was comforting. Wan is a modern-day horror genius (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring), and even though he’s the producer here and not the director, you know there’s going to be -- at the very least -- a heart-palpitating, white-knuckle moment or two.
At the outset, Lights Out doesn’t disappoint. Directed by David F. Sandberg and based on his own short, the “horror” in this horror film is a forlorn and deranged demon-apparition named Diana. Diana can only appear and do damage in the dark. She could be standing over you, about to rip your lungs out, but if you turn on a light or flash a light in her face, she will disappear. It’s a clever and effective device which works so well in the opening sequence that it seems impossible that the rest of the movie could live up to it. It doesn’t, but it tries…it desperately tries.
The opening is so strong, I actually didn’t really care where this creature – who can fling you around like a bag of potato chips and literally turn you inside out and twist you up like a pretzel – came from. But when her origin is eventually revealed, it made me wish she had remained my haunting, impossibly violent horror mistress.
Teresa Palmer stars in Lights Out as Rebecca, a rebellious, fiercely independent young woman. Besides the opening sequence, her character is the only other outstanding element of this film. A strong female lead, she's the "alpha" in her relationship with her maybe-boyfriend Bret (Alaxander DiPersia). Bret desperately wants a commitment from Rebecca, but she won’t give him the satisfaction; it seems as though she’s just using him for sex. It’s a delicious role reversal and a confident Palmer plays it to perfection.
Of course, there’s a backstory to Rebecca: she ran away from home at a young age because her mother (Maria Bello) had severe psychological problems, which seemingly drove Rebecca’s father away. Rebecca’s mom eventually remarried and had a son, Martin, played by the very promising Gabriel Bateman. Now here's where things get complicated.
We learn Martin suffers from insomnia for two reasons. A) His father was recently murdered, but we're not sure Martin knows the details, and B) It turns out his mom is friends with Diana. Remember her? The evil spirt who can kill you when the lights are out?
We eventually learn how Diana became Diana and what Maria Bello’s character has to do with her very existence – but sadly, it’s lame, completely forced and terribly predictable. Kudos to Sandberg and screenwriter Eric Heisserer for creating a strong and complex female lead, but jeers to Sandberg and Heisserer for the trite horror narrative.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for WGAw(NEW YORK) -- Late Night host Seth Meyers stopped by Live with Kelly Thursday to promote Thursday night's live segment of his chat show, timed to riff on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Meyers also took a moment to remember Garry Marshall, who passed away Tuesday from complications of a stroke.
The late director and TV icon not only shared an alma mater with Meyers in Northwestern, but directed the SNL vet in the star-packed movie New Year's Eve -- a project Marshall was apparently not shy about promoting.
"I remember I was the Grand Marshal at the Northwestern Homecoming Parade a few years ago, and he introduced me," Meyers recalled to Kelly Ripa and her co-host for the day, Scandal star Tony Goldwyn.
"And it was the year New Year's Eve was coming out. And he walked out on stage and he was like, 'This next guy, he's a good guy, he's a nice guy, he's in my new movie that opens November 12,'" Seth said, perfectly imitating Marshall's distinctive New York delivery.
"As we passed each other...he leaned in -- he's such a sweet guy, and I assumed he was going to say 'Congratulations,' or 'This is such a big honor,' and he goes, 'Make sure you say November 12th. You can't say it enough!'"
Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- The final chapter in the Divergent movie series may premiere on TV, not at a theater near you.
Lionsgate plans to conclude the film series with a television movie that would set things up for a Divergent TV show, Variety reports.
The aim is to have the franchise’s movie cast, including Shailene Woodley, return for TheDivergent Series: Ascendant TV movie, then introduce new stars for the TV series. However, it’s currently unclear if the original cast members will be back for the TV movie.
Variety notes that Lionsgate has yet to pitch its plans to networks.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth film in the post-apocalyptic movie series, had been slated to hit theaters next June.
The third Divergent movie, Allegiant, opened this past March and grossed 66 million dollars at the domestic box office.
The franchise is based on the popular book series by Veronica Roth.