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“Nightcrawler,” “Before I Go To Sleep,” “Saw” Re-Release Open Friday


"Nightcrawler" - Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Nightcrawler -- Jake Gyllenhaal plays a "nightcrawler" -- a cameraman who searches for sensational news stories to capture on tape and make money off of. Rene Russo co-stars as a news producer. Rated R.

Before I Go To Sleep --
Nicole Kidman is a woman who wakes up every day with no memories as a result of an accident. She soon finds herself wondering who she can trust, including her husband and doctor. Colin Firth and Mark Strong also star in the adaptation of the S.J. Watson novel. Rated R.  

Saw -- The first film in the popular horror series returns to theaters for one week only, in honor of its 10th anniversary. Rated R.

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Movie Review: “Before I Go To Sleep” (Rated R)


"Before I Go to Sleep" - Clarius Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Before I Go to Sleep is writer/director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by S.J. Watson. Nicole Kidman plays Christine, a 40-something woman who wakes up one morning next to a man she doesn’t recognize, with no recollection of what happened the day before -- or anything that’s happened since her early 20s.
 
The man introduces himself as Ben (Colin Firth), Christine’s husband.  Christine has amnesia, he explains, the result of a terrible accident over a year before, and her memory lasts no more than 24 hours.
 
After Ben leaves for work, Christine receives a call from Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), a neurologist who’s been helping her recovery.  He tells her to retrieve a box from the back of her closet.  Inside is a video camera Dr. Nasch gave Christine so she can keep a daily video diary.  He also advises Christine not to tell Ben about the diary, or indeed about Dr. Nasch.
 
This form of therapy jogs Christine’s memory just enough for her to start asking Ben some uncomfortable questions. Christine’s discovered Ben has been lying about a few things, most notably that her brain injury is the result not of an accident, but of a vicious attack. Why would Ben lie to Christine about that?  More telling, what other secrets is he keeping from her?
 
In order for this movie to really work, the script needs a little more urgency and conflict. Also, Joffe had to know critics would compare Before I Go to Sleep to Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Memento from 14 years ago. Joffe clearly thought it was a risk worth taking, particularly when he scored a cast featuring two Oscar winners in Kidman and Firth, along with the outstanding Mark Strong.
 
Even so, while it doesn’t come close to matching the visceral impact of
Memento, Before I Go to Sleep does have a decent payoff -- it just takes too long to get there.  Though only 92 minutes in length, it would’ve been far more engaging had it been 20 minutes shorter.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Movie Review: "Nightcrawler" (Rated R)


Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- Part Taxi Driver, part Network with a dash of Rain Man thrown in, Nightcrawler is a savvy story about the media’s often compromised moral compass, built around a searing and indelible performance by the consistently impressive Jake Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a repugnant, fast-talking petty criminal who has no problem resorting to violence to acquire bounty he can pawn off to a local construction site or consignment shop. Lou’s a bit different, though, treating his sales like legitimate business transactions, bargaining with prospective buyers using language he learned from online business classes. But as smart as he sounds, his customers ain’t buyin’ it. Lou needs a new racket.

Lou stumbles upon that very thing when he decides to pull over, late at night on one of Los Angeles’ many busy freeways, to witness two cops attempting to pull a woman out of burning car.  When he’s shoved aside by a freelance news crew of two men with cameras, led by Joe (Bill Paxton), Lou is inspired. He peppers Joe with questions about the business of “nightcrawling,” listening to police scanners and getting to the scene of an accident or crime to shoot video and sell it to news shows.

Lou steals a bike and trades it for a cheap camcorder and police scanner.  It doesn’t take him long to record his first salable video, which he offers to a struggling local news station run by Nina Romina (Rene Russo), a former news anchor desperate to boost her ratings. Nina pays Joe $250 for his trouble, tells him to buy better equipment, and whenever he’s got something special, to contact her first.

Lou’s in business, and so are we. Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy gives us a smart, thrilling, though somewhat embellished story about sensationalism in the media, with some pretty damning commentary about its decision makers. Lou is a predator of violent crimes and accidents with no concern for the humanity of the story. Not only will he move bodies to frame a better shot, he’ll withhold information from the police if it’ll lead to an exclusive story. Nina’s aware of Lou’s lack of ethics and yet becomes dependent on him, in stark contrast to the construction site foreman who refused to hire Lou because he knew he was a thief.

Gyllenhaal dropped weight and changed his hair for Nightcrawler.  Just imagine De Niro’s Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver with an MBA and Mark Cuban’s sales moxie. Gyllenhaal’s is a perfect performance in one of the year’s smartest films.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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PBS Announces One-Hour Special Honoring Robin Williams


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- PBS announced on Thursday that it would release an hour-long special remembering the late Robin Williams on DVD later this year.

Available Dec. 2, Robin Williams Remembered - A Pioneers of Television Special will include the comedian's last full-length television interview and never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work. There will also be tributes by those who knew and worked with him and clips from his iconic moments.

Among the celebrities interviewed for the program are Pam Dawber, Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star, Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Why Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Other Stars Are Wearing Lena Dunham's Shirt


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham has always been outspoken on the subject of women's reproductive rights.

Now, she's enlisting the help of her A-list pals to spread the word about Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Women Are Watching Campaign, an initiative aimed to encourage women to vote for politicians who support that cause.

"We hear a lot about how apathetic our millennial youth are, but that just hasn't been my experience. My friends, as well as the young women I met on my book tour who are friends now too, have so much joy, anger, hunger for change," the actress told Glamour magazine. "I want us to show up at the polls in record numbers, to show that we won’t stand for attacks on women and their rights, that we recognize our power to shape the future."

So, Dunham, 28, teamed up with Planned Parenthood to design a T-shirt that reads, "Lena [Hearts] Planned Parenthood," to promote the campaign. It's currently on sale for $25 online. The Not That Kind of Girl author has posted photos of her famous friends wearing it too. Here are a handful, below.

Mindy Kaling

 

 

Ellen Page

 

More bold brave models tomorrow... But dream of Ellen Page tonight:

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:12pm PDT

 

Sara Bareilles

 

Oh lord it's Sara Bareilles... #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:21am PDT

 

Gabrielle Union

 

Is there anything fiercer than @gabunion ? #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:24am PDT

 

Amy Poehler

 

The angel known as Knope #amypoehler #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

Una foto publicada por Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) el Oct 10, 2014 at 5:26 PDT


 

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Look Who’s Coming to "American Horror Story"


Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- American Horror Story fans got their first look Wednesday at Matt Bomer, who joins the fourth season of FX’s anthology series.

Bomer doesn’t make his debut until next Wednesday’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premiered earlier this month. But Out magazine got an exclusive first peek at his character.

The 37-year-old actor strikes an all-American pose with slicked hair and a leather jacket for this season’s storyline, which is set in the 1950s and centers on a “troupe of curiosities.”

Creator Ryan Murphy, who worked with Bomer on HBOs The Normal Heart, told The Hollywood Reporter that something “horrible and dastardly” happens in Bomer’s episode.

Without giving away any details, Murphy said Bomer has a seven-page scene with Michael Chiklis that the director called “maybe one of the most disturbing things we’ve ever done and a true horror scene.”

Neil Patrick Harris is also joining the freak show. TVLine confirmed that the How I Met Your Mother alum will appear at the tail end of the season.

In addition, Harris’ real-life husband, David Burtka, is set to guest-star on the anthology hit, making this something of a family affair.

After Harris, a fan of the show, expressed his desire for a guest gig, Murphy has been busy working on something for him.

“He’s game; he had very specific ideas about what he wanted to do and I have specific ideas. We’re working on melding those,” Murphy told reporters earlier this month. “I’d love to see him and Jessica Lange go at it in a really fun way and Neil seems intrigued by that notion.”

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Mama June 'Can't Say Anything Bad About TLC' After Show Cancellation


TLC(NEW YORK) -- "Mama June" Shannon appears to be taking the cancellation of her hit TLC show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, in stride.

In an interview that aired on E! News Wednesday night, the reality star said, "I can't say anything bad about the show. I can't say anything bad about TLC."

Mama June also smiled and laughed throughout most of the interview, even throwing up the peace sign.

TLC nixed the reality show Friday after allegations surfaced that Mama June was once again dating convicted pedophile Mark McDaniel. Shannon has denied these claims, saying she hasn’t seen McDaniel since he was released from prison in March after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation. However, photographic evidence has surfaced online that appears to suggest otherwise.

The E! News interview was held after Mama June's eldest daughter, Anna Marie Cardwell, who went by "Chickadee" on the show, said McDaniel molested her as a child. In an interview with People, Chickadee said that McDaniel "would try and touch me and all that stuff" when she was 8 years old and he was in a relationship with her mother.

When asked if she had spoken to Chickadee recently, Mama June said, "I talk to her -- I talk to all my kids. We're all doing fine. We're just hanging out as a family and handling it privately. The protection of my kids is my number-one priority."

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Chris Brown Reportedly Settles Two Lawsuits


Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Most of us were paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown's recent assault case in Washington, D.C., that we forgot all about his other nagging legal problems. But the singer didn't.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.

Brown pleaded guilty on Sept. 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit. It's a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking for a reported $1.5 million.

You've got to go back nearly two years for the other case. Remember Brown's supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013? Brown was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space. Prosecutors didn't find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same. His cousin, however, wasn't as forgiving, and sued Brown for $3 million.

TMZ claims Brown just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown's most recent news has been all good. He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago. That probation reportedly ends in January. He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place Nov. 7.

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Report: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Expecting First Baby


David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jessica Biel and hubby Justin Timberlake are expecting their first child, a source tells Radar Online.

A pal of the 32-year-old actress tells the gossip website, “Jessica is at least three months pregnant and she’s due in April!”

A second source claims that Biel has been cautious about going public with the news because she's had problems getting pregnant in the past.

“Jessica has had tense times in the past when it comes to having a baby, so it is not surprising that she is staying mum on confirming the news publicly yet,” the insider notes.

The couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary a little over a week ago while vacationing in New Zealand.

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Dylan Penn Approves of Dad Sean Penn's Romance with Charlize Theron


Barry King/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sean Penn's relationship with Charlize Theron has received a stamp of approval from his daughter Dylan Penn.

The 23-year-old model told Us Weekly this week that she approves of the romance, saying of Theron, "She's awesome."

Dylan notes she hasn't seen much of the two because they're in South Africa shooting The Last Face, in which Theron stars. Penn is directing the project.

"As long as my dad's happy, I'm happy for both of them," she adds.

When asked what makes Theron so special, Dylan tells the magazine, "Well, she's brilliant for one thing," adding, "and she's the only woman since my mom [Robin Wright] who can shut my dad up. The only woman! That is a f**king challenge so...She's a powerhouse."

Penn, 54, and Theron, 39, were first confirmed to be dating in January.

Penn and Wright were married in 1996, six years after Dylan was born. They divorced in 2010. Penn was also married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989.

Theron was previously in a nine-year relationship with actor Stuart Townsend until their split in 2010. She has a two-year-old son Jackson, whom she adopted in 2012.

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Amanda Bynes' Mother Granted Conservatorship


Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes' mother has been named the conservator of the actress, who's currently in a California psychiatric facility on an involuntary hold.

People magazine reports a court granted Lynn Bynes control over her daughter's estate on Oct. 22.

The petition for the conservatorship stated that the 28-year-old actress had exhibited erratic behavior prior to the hold, and had been "spending large amounts of her savings."

Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for the second time nearly three weeks ago. A judge extended the hold by 30 days on Monday.

Bynes' mom previously held a conservatorship over her daughter last year, after Amanda was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was presented with the 2,532nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old actress was joined at the ceremony by co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, as well as The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre.

An emotional Cuoco-Sweeting praised them all during her speech, saying, "This cast has changed my life in more ways than one. That's why I'm here."

Cuoco-Sweeting starred on the TV series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Charmed before landing the role of Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

The CBS sitcom moves from Monday night to Thursday night, beginning this week.

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There's More than One Mike Myers...and Freddy Krueger Too


Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sometimes fate can play cruel tricks. Other times, it’s your parents who do so.

Either way, there are number of people walking around in the U.S. whose names are identical to characters from scary movies or even the folks who make scary movies or books.

This being Halloween time and all, the folks at Whitepages did some checking and found 13 names or real life Americans that fans of the horror genre will immediately recognize.

However, while you might think they’re pretty cool, imagine going through life with a name like Norman Bates:

1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282 (333 in Ohio)
2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068 (168 in Texas)
3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96 (9 in Texas)
4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30 (4 each in Pennsylvania, California, and New York)
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25 (10 in Georgia)
6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10 (2 in California)
7. Wes Craven (Director): 7 (2 in North Carolina)
8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7 (2 each in California and Maryland)
9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6 (3 in Florida)
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5 (2 in Washington)
11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4 (3 in Pennsylvania)
12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2 (1 each in Texas and North Dakota)
13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in California

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Suge Knight, Katt Williams Arrested on Robbery Charges


Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage / Photo by Jason Davis/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Rapper Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of robbery involving a female photographer's camera.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, the two were arrested and each was charged with one count of robbery. They allegedly stole the woman's camera on Sept. 5, outside a Beverly Hills studio.

Williams was arrested as he arrived in an Inglewood court for arraignment in a separate case and faces up to seven years in prison, while Knight was taken into custody in Las Vegas, and due to a prior assault conviction, could face up to 30 years to life in prison.

An investigation into the case is ongoing.

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Robert Downey Jr. Documents His Trip to the DMV


@RobertDowneyJr/Twitter(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Tuesday was a busy day for Robert Downey Jr. First he attended a Marvel event to announce new projects alongside Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman. Then, he headed to the Santa Monica DMV to renew his driver's licence -- an event he documented on his Twitter account.

"Gettin' my renewal on at the Santa Monica DMV," he wrote.

In his photos, the actor, 49, took a new photo and met employees at the DMV. Unfortunately for fans, he didn't post a picture of his new ID.

 

Gettin' my renewal on at the Santa Monica DMV. pic.twitter.com/WqlmG4iQuR

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) October 28, 2014



However, we'll all be seeing more of Downey Jr. soon: Captain America: Civil War, co-starring Evans, will premiere in 2016, Marvel announced.

 

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