Kim Kardashian’s Family Members Are Already Volunteering To Be Surrogates

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Did Prince Harry Really Go Way Out Of The Way To Get Meghan Markle To Pippa’s Wedding Reception?

Some reports say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a road trip before Pippa Middleton’s wedding, but new reports suggest otherwise. Find out the latest here.


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Josh Hartnett Stokes A Woman’s Fire With Wigs and Name Tags In ‘Oh Lucy!’ – Watch

EXCLUSIVE: After premiering her short Oh Lucy! three years ago at Cannes winning the Cinefoundation Selection, Japanese director Atsuko Hirayanagi is back on the Croisette with the feature-length version of the off-beat romantic comedy, premiering in Critics Week this morning.

Oh Lucy! tells the story of shy middle-aged office worker Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima).  In order to change-up her life, she enrolls in an English class at a Tokyo language center, where she meets a hunky American instructor (Josh Hartnett). However, step aside Professor Henry Higgins, because when it comes to transforming a woman, Hartnett’s guy employs an avant garde means as seen in the clip above.

Hirayanagi describes the scene, “Unbeknownst to him, John, an American English teacher, is playing with fire in this scene. By giving Setsuko a new name and persona, Lucy, he’s opening up a floodgate of old and new emotions in this seemingly demure and subdued ‘office lady’…”. After John disappears, Lucy nee Setsuko embarks on a journey with her sister to find him, and winds up on the wrong side of Los Angeles.

Hirayanagi, a native of Japan, now lives in San Francisco and based Oh Lucy! off her U.S. study abroad experiences which also yielded two different personalities within the director. Following its premiere in Cannes, Hirayanagi’s short won the Jury Prize for International Fiction at Sundance two years ago. The feature length script for Oh Lucy! was the recipient of the Sundance Institute/NHK Award, with NHK providing both funding and co-production of the film. At the end of 2016, Hirayanagi shot Oh Lucy! in Tokyo and Los Angeles with a different cast from the short. In total, the short played at more than 20 festivals around the globe including Toronto and SXSW.

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, who have a knack for discovering and catapulting fresh comedic talent, serve as EPs on Oh Lucy! with their Gloria Sanchez female-focused label led by Jessica Elbaum producing. If you remember, McKay and Ferrell assisted in launching the careers of Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Ben Best by getting Paramount Vantage to acquire their $70K comedy The Foot Fist Way before it hit Sundance 11 years ago.

Shot between Tokyo and Los Angeles at the end of 2016, Oh Lucy!  is also produced by Matchgirl Pictures and Han West’s Meridian Content. Elle Driver has foreign sales and United Talent Agency is handling domestic.


John Oliver Donald Trump’s Last Seven Days “Absolutely Insane”

Last week in Donald Trump was so nuts that John Oliver was forced to devote virtually all of Last Week Tonight to talking about it.

“The last seven days have been absolutely insane – so much so that, by Friday night, it may have broken Anderson Cooper,” Oliver acknowledged.

He’s of courser referring Cooper’s Friday show, during which Cooper interrupted Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord as he defended yet another indefensible Trump statement, saying, “If [Trump] took a dump on his desk you would defend him.”

“And, more importantly, Jeffrey Lord did not immediately answer, ‘No’,” Oliver laughed.

Walking through the week, Oliver reminded viewers that:

On Monday it was reported Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, when they visited the White House the day after Trump sacked FBI Director James Comey. Trump may have revealed to them “code-word” information, a designation for intel even more secret than Top Secret. This is information “you should not even share with your closest friends which, of course, in Trump’s case is the caddie he calls Stave even though his name is Doug, a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the ghost of Roger Ailes,”Oliver explained.

That Russian news got buried the very next day with the revelation that, after an Oval Office meeting in February, Comey wrote a memo saying Trump had just asked him to shut down his investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  Trump had been warned about Flynn’s Russia rannygazoo by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, President Obama, and even Flynn himself, who told Trump he was under investigation before being named NSA.

Then, on Wednesday – “just four days ago, which is the equivalent of 150 years in 2017 time,” Oliver said – Donald Trump gave the  commencement address at Coast Guard Academy,” at which he whined about how mean people were being to him.  The speech’s best gag: “No politician in history has been treated worse, or more unfairly.”

As had the Twitter-verse immediately after the speech, Oliver on Sunday night noted President Abraham Lincoln had been murdered by an actor, President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist, and “JFK was, of course, murdered by Ted Cruz’s father.”

Meanwhile, President James Garfield, Oliver informed his viewers, “was shot.  Then, to find the bullet, Alexander Graham Bell devised a kind of metal detector, which did not work, so doctors tried to fish around in his gut for the bullet with unwashed fingers, which made his infection worse, so he died in horrible pain.”

“But yeah, Alec Baldwin sometimes does mean impression of you on TV. So yeah, it’s basically the same,” Oliver snickered at Trump.

Same day Trump delivered that speech, the DOJ appointed a special counsel, former FBI head Robert Mueller, to conduct an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. That massive development was closely followed by Thursday’s news about Comey’s mortification at having been singled out by Trump at that televised post-inauguration meeting in the White House and trying to hide in the drapes.

On Friday, as Trump left the country for a nine-day trip, the NYT revealed  a White House document said Trump had told the Russian foreign minister and ambassador,  during that Oval Office visit, that Comey was a “nut job.” He also told them, the report said “I just fired the head of the FBI…I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

“It’s almost difficult to believe your ears when you hear something that sounds so audaciously corrupt,” Oliver marveled. But that was not the last of the week’s startling revelations. Turns out, according to press reports, the investigation has identified some current White House official as a “significant person of interest.”

While some have suggested could be Jared Kushner, Oliver insisted otherwise, “because, while he’s technically significant, and legally a person, he in no way qualifies as “of interest.” He called Kushner “the least interesting human on earth…He is the ‘person’ equivalent of an empty room painted eggshell. He’s like a white bread sandwich where the middle is just a third slice of white bread.”

All of these developments are a really big deal, Oliver said, despite the best efforts of Fox News Channel to convince us otherwise, using words like “unhinged,” “insane,” “lunacy,” “hysteria,” and “madness.” Jesse Watters even called it “a boring scandal” though, two days later, even he admitted he was “starting to get a little concerned.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, some Republican politicians are starting to use the word “impeachment” in sentences, including two who argued as to which of them should get credit for doing so first. And, White House lawyers are researching what a “possible Trump impeachment might look like,” Oliver said, adding, “I imagine at least part of it would involved thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey.”

But, the late-night host warned, removing Trump from office would give us President Mike Pence, who is a hard-line conservative. If Trump’s scandals somehow took down Pence as well, we would have President Paul Ryan: “Three words I always knew I would have to say,” Oliver admitted, “but did not expect to have to say so soon, like ‘Remember polar bears’ and ‘Female Entourage reboot.”

More realistically, because Republicans control both houses, Trump probably will continue to be president, which should not surprise anyone, Oliver insisted, Trump having survived declining to disavow David Duke, bullying a Gold Star family, and the Access Hollywood tape.  The end of the line, for Trump, seems to have been drawn by M.C. Escher, Oliver acknowledged.

Even Trump seems unhappy he’s in office, Oliver observed, recalling that 100-day interview in which POTUS said he loved and missed, his “previous life,” and how surprised he was that being POTUS is so much harder than developing real estate and hosting Celebrity Apprentice.

“Say what you will about Nixon, he at least wanted to be there,” Oliver said.


Diddy Drops ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ Trailer on Notorious BIG’s Birthday

At tonight’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Sean “Diddy” Combs saluted Notorious BIG and premiered the trailer for Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, a documentary about pioneering hip-hop/R&B label Bad Boy Records. (See below.)

He also noted that May 21 would have been the 45th birthday of BIG, given name Christopher Wallace, the rapper and Bad Boy collaborator who was fatally shot in 1997. Wallace’s son, CJ, took the awards stage alongside Diddy.

“Tonight I’m here to talk about my friend, my brother, my artist,” Combs said. “In 1993, it was all a dream. That’s when God blessed me with the opportunity and the vision to start Bad Boy Records.” Because of B.I.G, he added, “it became one of the most successful hip-hop and R&B labels in history.”

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, directed by Daniel Kaufman and produced by Live Nation, recently had a star-studded premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released via Apple Music on June 25.

The BMAs, telecast on ABC, also featured performances by artists such as Chainsmokers, Lorde and Drake, who performed on a small island stage set up in the Bellagio fountain pool as fireworks went off behind him. Cher also performed and received an honorary award.

Here is the Can’t Stop trailer:

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‘Twin Peaks’ Review: WTF Was That & Did David Lynch Just School Peak TV?

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Twin Peaks debut on Showtime. 

After all the hype, anticipation and secrecy, Twin Peaks is finally back. But WTF was that premiere that just aired on Showtime all about? With Kyle MacLachlan back as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and more, the first two parts of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s new 18-part installment was weird, sometimes intentionally tedious, and amazing at the same time – and something you have to watch.

As I say in my video review above, there are a lot of perfumed tea leaves and dank soil to rummage through as you absorb the visceral onslaught of the two-hour, two-episode debut of the new Twin Peaks, but WTF has to be the question. Look, along with the more than 30 million viewers who tuned in and more than a few producers over the years, I was a huge fan of the original medium-shattering Twins Peaks when it debuted on Sunday night, April 8, 1990. Though the second and final season started to quickly wane once Laura Palmer’s killer was revealed, this return truly intrigued me – unlike so many cash-grabbing reboots and revivals that populate the small screen in this era of Peak TV.

So, like I also say in my review above, well played sirs and welcome back; you were missed. Also, watch your self-appointed heirs reel and scurry into their own creative woods for a while because, from what I’ve seen so far going almost full Eraserhead, Lynch has embraced the vistas and madness that define his best work. Despite not having made a feature since 2006’s Inland Empire, the Blue Velvet director (who helms the entire new series) has shown he still can conjure dread and darkness. While it may give new fans and old fans narrative vertigo, this Twin Peaks stands in proud succession to its original and solidly on its own.

You can see more of my take on the new Twin Peaks by clicking on the video above, but here’s a recap of tonight’s two-episode debut. Almost always one to keep things close to his chest, the often-cryptic Lynch has told Deadline and others that the fundamental reason he resurrected Twin Peaks after more than two decades is that “the story was not over.” Word is that almost no one besides the Palme d’Or winner, Frost, MacLachlan and some Showtime execs know where this is all going and what happens in this latest installment.

Here’s what we know from the opening two episodes. Starting with footage from the original series, the whole thing is seemingly launched by that lingering “I’ll see you in 25 years” line from Laura to MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper in the evil den of the Black Lodge back in the once assumed final episode of the second and final season in 1991.

Cut to more than 20 years later, the soul of Dale Cooper is still trapped in the Black Lodge where we last saw him more than two decades ago as his doppelganger possessed by the demonic murderous spirit known as Bob woke up in Twin Peaks. The trapped Cooper is visited with warnings by from a disturbing flesh topped talking tree and a soon to be abducted again and aged Laura — again played by Sheryl Lee, like in the original series and the terrible 1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me prequel movie. Picking up from the end of that last season of Twin Peaks, that Cooper doppelganger, who seems pretty clearly still possessed by Bob — and now looks a lot like the Portlandia alum dressing up as Michael Madsen in Kill Bill — is loose in the world on a killing spree and something more.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the world of #TwinPeaks.” – @David_Lynch

The new #TwinPeaks opening credits. See u after premiere!

— Twin Peaks (@SHO_TwinPeaks) May 22, 2017

As a secondary story, though it could turn out to be the main plot knowing Lynch and Frost, there’s a well wired and well watched by cameras and a young attendant glass box that sits in what seems to be a billionaire’s care in NYC. The point of all that surveillance is to see if anything appears in the box – at one point a confused and floating Agent Cooper is in the glass box unnoticed and at another point, a blurred naked beast appears. To that, because sex often seems to kill in the lore of Twin Peaks, two new additions to the series are horrifically mauled if not killed by said beast as they are getting it on in the room. At almost the same time, local police in South Dakota discover a gruesome beheading of a women in a blood-soaked bed with a bloated body.

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The subsequent arrest of a local high school principal, played by Scream alum Matthew Lillard, for murder suggests a connection – at least when Evil Cooper gets on his straight-out-of-1997 laptop for some looking around the FBI database and prison security systems. Laying off the new series slogan of “It Is Happening Again,” the portal and the case in the Dakotas seem an indication that the punishing violence that defined the original Twin Peaks is back — with the gore cranked up to and sometimes beyond cable levels.

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Speaking of being back, we’ve already seen a number of the old cast and old haunts with more than just MacLachlan, Lee, plus Carel Struycken as the Giant and Al Strobel as the One Armed Man. The Great Northern lodge in rural Washington state is still standing and open, but the Horne brothers, played by Richard Beymer and David Patrick Kelly, are making a lot of their cash from the pot business nowadays. In the town of Twin Peaks itself, hooked up to an oxygen tank and with most of her hair gone, Log Lady Margaret Lanterman warns deputy Sheriff Tommy Hawk that “something is missing.” On the phone with Catherine E. Coulson’s character, the Michael Horse-portrayed Hawk goes searching in the dark forests with promises of pie later, only to discover a dank and murky pond that looks like a portal of some sort.

Meanwhile, had to say it, at the Bang Bang Bar roadhouse, James Marshall, played still by James Hurley but having had a motorcycle accident in the past, arrives with a pal for a beer and the Chromatics’ show. James sees Shelly Johnson, still played by now-Riverdale regular Mädchen Amick, having drinks with friends. The damaged and often quiet biker, who left Twin Peaks in the second season, can’t stop staring at their table, though who he is actually looking at is unclear. At the same time Shelly sees what appears to be her old lover Bobby Briggs, again played by Dana Ashbrook, at the bar making a pistol hand gesture to her. That concludes the two-hour debut as the Chromatics play out the end of the opening episodes in a way that is so very familiar to fans of the original.

We have not seen new and old castmates Laura Dern, David Duchovny, the late Miguel Ferrer, Robert Forster, Harry Dean Stanton, Naomi Watts, Jim Belushi, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder or Monica Bellucci or many others, but there’s a lot of coffee and pie promised too. Of course, if you are a Showtime subscriber you can stream episodes three and four right now instead of waiting for next week and see how much further Lynch and Frost go and where the rotting breadcrumbs lead.

What does it all mean?

Well, at the L.A. premiere of Twin Peaks on May 19, Lynch told the invited crowd “I love trees, I love wood.” Hard to tell still if that is a hint or a tailless tease, but it is clear Lynch’s enthusiasm was genuine as was his love of getting his hands dirty. The result has got me hooked on the new Twin Peaks, just like I was with the original all those years ago.


Review: In Hamish Linklater’s ‘The Whirligig’, Zosia Mamet Plays Another Bad-News Girlfriend

Zosia Mamet, the lethally annoying Shoshanna late of Girls, has braved some challenging stage roles, none more so than Trish in the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, which opened tonight in a New Group production at the Signature Theatre Center. Trish’s former best friend Julie (Grace Van Patten, Netflix’s Tramps) is dying a junkie’s death at home in the Berkshire Mountains, where her estranged parents can do little more than dance a jitterbug of reconciliation.

The Whirligig

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At one point during this tedious evening of odd exchanges, push me-pull you confrontations and long detours down paths better left unexplored, Julie’s desperate mother Kristina (Dolly Wells, HBO’s Dolly & Em) calls Trish the C-word, though not to her face. Kristina blames her for the addiction that led Julie to ignore her the serious disease of which she is apparently now beyond treatment.

Linklater has a growing body of work as a playwright while better known as one of our most gifted young actors on stage (Seminar), television (Fargo, The New Adventures of Old Christine) and film (Magic in the Moonlight, The Big Short). The Whirligig may have autobiographical elements; Linklater grew up in the Berkshires town of Great Barrington, and his mother’s name is Kristin, while Mr. Kormeny, the play’s loquacious barfly and former teacher, enacted with exquisite tenderness by Jon DeVries, is named for the playwright’s father.

Dolly Wells and Norbert Leo Butz in ‘The Whirligig.’

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Speaking of fathers, he is Michael, also a chattery drunk, played by Norbert Leo Butz with this actor’s signature combination of vulnerability and charm. Michael’s models are Shakespeare and Poe, which tells you everything you need to know. (Lavishly lubricated, Michael and Kristina recite “Annabell Lee,” which is de trop). But their helplessness rings true enough; as Mr. Kormeny observes of Michael, helpfully explaining the title, “That man is a whirligig of grief.”

As in an Agatha Christie murder mystery, everyone in Julie’s circle has reason to fear the damning finger of guilt, including the young man (Johnny Orsini) with whom the married, mother of two Trish is flirting as they peering into Julie’s bedroom from a tree in the yard (yes, they are literally out on a limb). The story skips confusingly about in time (even the stage directions signifying transitions are tough to follow), having more to do with building up to an unconvincing plot twist than any logic of story-telling.

There’s a lovely background score from Duncan Sheik, but the director, Scott Elliott, isn’t able to keep the threads from getting hopelessly tangled until the welcome sorting out of things as The Whirligig spins to its somber conclusion. Linklater reveals each of these characters with considerable warmth and compassion, which does nothing to alleviate their essential banality. Frozen in desperation, they’re incapable of surprise.


War for the Planet of the Apes TV Spot Explodes with War

Following the final War For the Planet of the Apes trailer that was released last week, 20th Century Fox has unleashed a new TV spot with even more footage. This TV spot features another look at the iconic Caesar played by Andy Serkis, who reveals that while he didn’t start this war, he certainly has plans to finish it. With just a few months left until this hits theaters in July, it remains to be seen how much more footage will be released.

20th Century Fox debuted this TV spot on their YouTube channel today, which also features a new look at the Colonel and several other characters In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Andy Serkis returns as Caesar from 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014′s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, alongside Judy Greer returning as Cornelia, with Woody Harrelson joining the cast as the aforementioned Colonel, the primary human villain. The cast also includes Gabriel Chavarria, Ty Olsson, Sara Canning, Chad Rook, Terry Notary, Alessandro Juliani, Karin Konoval and Steve Zahn. 20th Century Fox has set a July 14, 2017 release date, which puts it in the midst of a competitive summer movie season. Its only direct competition is Broad Green’s Wish Upon, but it is situated between Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 and three more new movies on July 21, Dunkirk, Girls Trip and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

2014′s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes jumped forward 15 years after the events portrayed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Director Matt Reeves has stated that the War of the Planet of the Apes story is set shortly after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with no major time leap happening in this movie. Matt Reeves is directing from a script he co-wrote with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback.

This rebooted franchise first debuted in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was received well by fans and critics alike. The first adventure earned $176.7 million domestic and $481.8 million worldwide, from a $93 million budget, while the 2014 follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned $208.5 million domestic and $710.6 million worldwide, from a $170 million budget. Take a look at the new TV spot for War for the Planet of the Apes, as we get closer and closer to the July 14 release date.

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Recasting Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine May Not Happen for a While

With the Blu-ray/DVD release of Logan just around the corner, we are really, truly about to put the final nail in the coffin when it comes to the Hugh Jackman era of Wolverine. The actor is finally hanging up the claws after nearly two decades of playing the fan-favorite mutant in the X-Men movie universe. But now the question becomes, will we see another actor play the part in the future? Don’t be so sure. At least not anytime soon, according to producer Hutch Parker.

The producer, who worked on Logan as well as some of the other X-Men movies, recently spoke with Screen Rant. During the course of the conversation, the subject of the seemingly inevitable Wolverine recasting came up. However, Parker is very hesitant about doing so. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“I think for the moment our focus really is on other characters. I think there’s a part for all of us that feels like Logan, as played by Hugh, is the definitive performance of that character. And I think we’re all a little hesitant at the idea of rebooting it in any way. So, for the moment we’re going to look at – there’s so much else explore in the [X-Men] Universe and to play with. Particularly now as we’ve seen such bold tonal choices being made, I think that opens up the landscape as well, to seeing other genres living kind of fully within the comic book genre. And you saw that with Guardians of the Galaxy, I believe [it] is an exceptional example of that. Obviously Deadpool and Logan now, but I think there’ll be more to come.”

There are few actors who have ever been linked so synonymously with a role as Hugh Jackman with Wolverine. It will be very difficult, if not impossible for fans to accept anyone else in the role. At least not for a long time. Especially after the performance he gave in Logan, which was the Wolverine movie most of us had been waiting to see ever since the X-Men first made their way to the big screen. So it is good to hear that someone with some pull at Fox isn’t exactly eager to put the claws on someone else and tell us all to move on.

Hutch Parker also points out that the X-Men universe is very vast, and there is a lot to explore. Deadpool really opened a lot of doors, like the X-Force movie, for example, as well as a couple of Deadpool sequels that are in the works. There is also a New Mutants movie and X-Men 7, which is officially titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix, on the way in 2018. So that gives fans of the franchise plenty to chew on in the very near future.

While Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will forever be beloved, he wound up being a huge focus of the X-Men franchise over the last decade and a half. With Wolverine out of the picture, at least for a bit, it will give a chance for Fox to shift that focus to other characters, which could ultimately help keep the franchise alive for years to come. That said, Fox has so much respect for Jackman that producer Simon Kinberg said recently that he will get a say if and when the time does come to put another actor in the role. But if Hutch Parker is to be believed, that won’t be on the table for the foreseeable future.

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