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Report: 'The View' is firing everybody except Whoopi Goldberg

Report: “The View” is firing everybody except Whoopi Goldberg
Sherri Shepherd is out, and it looks like Jenny McCarthy will be gone, too, according to TMZ, which adds that executive producer Bill Geddie may also get the axe. TMZ says “The View” may turn to male co-hosts, like Jesse Palmer and Ross Matthews. PLUS: Shepherd confirms her exit, saying: "It’s been seven wonderful years on 'The View' and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on."


Judd Apatow in talks with Hulu for a “Love" comedy, possibly starring Gillian Jacobs
A relationship comedy, “Love” would reunite Apatow and Jacobs, who is currently guesting on his “Girls.” But in order for Jacobs to be free to do “Love,” she’ll need “Community” to not be picked up for a sixth season before her contract expires at the end of Monday.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Composer Steve Jablonsky on 'Transformers: Age of Extinction': 'This was the craziest film of all'

What it's really like to work with Michael Bay

Steve Jablonsky would be among the millions excited about the opening of “Transformers: Age of  Extinction” tomorrow if he weren’t so fatigued. “I barely know what day it is,” he says.  

Since last December, he has worked on the score for Michael Bay’s new “Transformers” film. He’s so tired, he’s not even sure how much music is in the film. “It’s about two hours of music,” he says. “We could figure it out, but we’re all too exhausted.” He has another algorithm: Working on one Michael Bay film is like “scoring two-and-a-half smaller films.”

He finished the score in early June, mere days before the movie debuted in Hong Kong. “Some people have told me not to mention how last minute it was, but at the premiere, Michael stood up and said, ‘I finished this film 40 hours ago.’ This one was the craziest film of them all.”

“Age of Extinction” is Jablonsky’s fourth “Transformers” film with Bay and his sixth Bay film overall. Part of the fun for “Extinction”  was finding themes for new characters in the reinvigorated story.  “Michael said to me, ‘This is new, let’s approach it as something new.’  I put aside all my old themes  and just started on brand new ideas. We have all these new characters: Mark Wahlberg, his daughter.  There’s a new villain, Lockdown. I focused a lot of time writing a theme for him. He was one of my favorites.”

Toward the end of the process, Bay and Jablonsky both had the same thought: they should incorporate a few of the original themes. “We thought the fans would like it,” Jablonsky says.

Bay brings Jablonsky, who was asked to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences earlier today, in earlier than most composers start working on feature.  “There will only be a few scenes, because that’s all that’s been [edited]. He’ll call me and say, ‘Can you get down here?’ He’ll have scenes he’s excited about,” Jablonsky says. “It’s very much all consuming. There’s a lot of work from the beginning and it just gets worse and worse—maybe I should say better— it just intensifies. All these new images are coming in. Inevitably that means the picture is going to change and the music might not work. The score keeps changing as the film develops, but If I waited until the end to start, I would be dead. There’s no way I could do it.”

Also different for this installment of “Transformers”: Jablonsky worked closely with Imagine Dragons, who wrote the theme, “Battle Cry.”  In the past, Jablonsky had used parts of themes from Linkin Park and Goo Goo Dolls in his score, but this time, it “immediately hit me more than some of the previous ones had done.”  Bay suggested bringing the band to L.A. and then Jablonsky went to their Las Vegas studio and incorporated some of lead singer Dan Reynolds’ vocalizations into the score as well as his band mates’ music. “It was a much closer collaboration than I’ve had in the past.”

Though Bay has a reputation for being difficult, Jablonsky has found much to admire in working with the action king. “I wish people knew how smart he was. On a daily basis, he’ll impress me with the sheer knowledge of his entire film. He can play it back and forth in his entire head,” Jablonsky says. “He’ll say, ‘Remember that sound from that cue you did that you played me six weeks ago?’ He knows every little detail. It’s great to watch him operate. It’s still a pleasure for me to watch him create.He’s genuinely a good guy and a supportive guy and I think people generally think he’s a nut case and he’s not.”

After studying at University of California, Berkeley, Jablonsky got his start in the composing industry by cold calling Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control studio and asking if they needed interns. The answer was yes. From there, he quietly absorbed everything he could, watching Zimmer and his fellow composers, including Harry Gregson-Williams, work.  “Harry had just come over from London to set up his studio in Hans’ building and was looking for an assistant. I started working with him since I had some experience on the equipment,” Jablonsky says. “He’d let me mess around in his studio and I was scoring music to his films just for fun. He saw what I was doing and let me score a theme in one of his movies. Harry gave me that chance.”

Jablonsky, who also scored “Desperate Housewives,”  then started working more closely with Zimmer, from whom he learned things musically, but also how to navigate studio politics, a skill for which Zimmer is renown. “He is just great  at that,” Jablonsky says. “I just picked up a general vibe of how to handle yourself when these big-time producers and directors don’t like what you’re doing. Don’t freak out, just get into a conversation with them.”

Jablonsky, who admits he’s a little behind the curve on social media—he only joined Twitter a few months ago— says the feedback from “Transformers” fans on Facebook and Twitter buoys him. “It’s really amazing to see how many people from every part of the world have heard the music.  They’ll say they listen to it when they’re studying or exercising or they were sad and it made them feel better. I’m like, ‘Why didn’t I sign up for this sooner?’ Not because I need the affirmation, but because it gives it more meaning. I thought about them when I was working on the score. I’ve gotten message from soldiers from Iraq. It’s very touching.”

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato goes to L.A. Pride Parade for 'Really Don't Care' music video

Oh and hey, Travis Barker

Man, nothing says gay pride parade and good will and great fun like Perez Hilton and Wilmer Valderrama cameos!

Demi Lovato, in a transparent offering to her LGBT  (and Jesus) fans, set her new music video "I Really Don't Care" with guest Cher Lloyd at the L.A. pride parade, which took place earlier this month.

The pop star struts on a float in a suit-and-tie combo, and included some quality choreography from dancers and lip-syncers all the while. Forget the limp verse from Lloyd: there's enough perk to go around.

The vid is timed to Lovato's appearance on the Logo network tonight, where she is scheduled to reveal that her grandfather was gay and out in the 1960s. The "Trailblazers" episode will honor LGBT civil rights activists.

Lovato is hitting up another pride parade this weeked in New York; I wonder what other bully (*cough* Hilton) she can feature to drive home the no-bullying ideals?

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'The Goldbergs' to pay tribute to John Hughes

“The Goldbergs” to pay tribute to John Hughes
One of Hughes’ classic ‘80s films will be the basis for a “very difficult” and “very expensive” episode.


HBO’s Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger Rock ’N’ Roll drama casts Andrew “Dice” Clay and Jagger’s son James
“Sopranos” alum Robert Funaro and “Borgen” star are also joining the cast. Clay will play a radio station chain owner, while James Jagger will portray the lead singer of a punk band named Nasty Bits.


Seth MacFarlane helping out LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter
Any money raised from today through July 2nd will be matched by MacFarlane, up to $1 million.


“Covert Affairs” fan fave is coming back
Oded Fehr will appear in at least one episode.


Fox stations to test 3 shows: “Laughs,” “Hollywood Today Live” and “The Daily Help Line”
“Laughs” will be a weekly roundup of comedy, while “The Daily Help Line” will give advice interactively.


Watch the trailer for Netflix’s 1st anime series
"Knights of Sidonia” is based on the manga series of the same name.


Cuba Gooding Jr. co-creating a boxing comedy
The project is set in a gym in a gentrified neighborhood shared by soccer moms and hardcore boxers.


“Rescue Me” alum Andrew Roth joins Syfy’s “Ascension”
She’ll play the doctor on the spaceship limited series.

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13 actors who should actually be bigger movie stars

13 actors who should actually be bigger movie stars

Sarah Paulson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and more

Climbing the Hollywood ladder isn't easy. One tier of success does not guarantee another.  That often means actors can reach one level of notoriety, but never reach breakout status.  Often it takes years to become a real movie star.  Anyone remember how long it took Liam Neeson?

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Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender
Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

Other invitees range from Chris Rock to Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations.

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Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour is coming to NBC

Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour is coming to NBC
Airing July 6, the two-hour special will feature "unprecedented, behind-the-scenes” footage from Miley’s European concerts.


Netflix’s “Daredevil” gets a best friend
“The Mighty Ducks” star Elden Henson will play the role of Foggy Nelson.


“Extra” replaces Maria Menounos with Charissa Thompson and Tracey Edmonds
They’ll both co-host “Extra” with Mario Lopez, but Thompson will keep her job on Fox Sports 1.


Here’s an early photo of the “Game of Thrones” cast, including Kit Harrington with short hair wearing glasses
"Arya Stark" and "Sansa Stark" looked really young five years ago. PLUS: “GoT” gets an ‘80s opening credits.


Terry Crews to host the TCA Awards
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” host will helm the TV Critics’ awards ceremony on July 19.


Cam Gigandet: "Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me” on the set of “The O.C.”
The star of CBS’ “Reckless” recalls having a rough time when he guested on the Fox series in 2005. I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an ass,” he says, adding: "But I love him. I think he's a great actor and I love 'Southland.'"


American Association for Nude Recreation calls the "naked reality show” trend a “mixed blessing”
Bill Schroer, executive director of the pro-nudity group, likes “Buying Naked,” but he feels “Naked and Afraid” is "kind of unreal … and starts to border on sensationalism. In other words, the nudity is just there to attract attention.”


TCM to salute Eli Wallach
The legendary actor, who died this week at age 98, will be honored in a five-film marathon on June 30.


Jimmy Kimmel gives the World’s Ugliest Dog a makeover
A team of hair, make-up and clothing specialists was assembled to beautify this year’s winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest.


See Jill Duggar enjoy her very first kiss ... after getting married
The "19 Kids and Counting” waited until her wedding to have her first-ever kiss.


Watch Ian McKellen on “Vicious”
The British comedy about a gay couple who’ve lived together for nearly 50 years airs on PBS beginning this Sunday.


Bravo’s “Below Deck” returns Aug. 12
Meet the new crew for Season 2.


“The Love Boat’s” Jill Whelan is getting divorced
Whelan, 47, is ending her marriage of a decade, which produced one son.

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Jay Z and Beyonce
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Beyonce and Jay Z shine on 'On The Run' opening night: Review Round-Up

She brings the glitz, he brings the grit

Jay Z and Beyonce took their show on the road, opening the On The Run summer tour last night at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Amid  some since-debunked rumors that the tour was not selling well, the six-week run started with more than 76,000 concert-goers singing along during the  2-1/2 hour show.

The evening uses the “Run” video as its template, using a couple on the lam as its extended theme as the pair weaves more than 40 songs songs in and out of that construct.
According to the reviews below, Beyonce brings the glamour and Jay Z brings the grit. The U.S. portion of the tour ends Aug. 6 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Below is a review round-up from opening night:

New York Times: "Beyoncé and Jay Z, married since 2008, opened their sold-out Wednesday night show at Sun Life Stadium here — the beginning of their “On the Run” tour — with a string of those [conspiratorial and exuberant] hits. “ ’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love”: These are songs of diligent, enthusiastic, sometimes giddy love. From there, for almost two and a half hours, they traded control of the stage (approximately 20 times in all), giving each other space to be the center of attention and also helping out where needed in a show that acknowledged their two very different sorts of success without diminishing either one…While Beyoncé and her dancers formed a formidable phalanx, by comparison, Jay Z looked lonely, though he easily held the stage, even without backup. On some of his most familiar songs, he rapped in a ginger staccato, as if he didn’t want to dwell. By contrast, every time Beyoncé retook the stage from her husband, it was as if reveille were blasting at full volume, announcing that boot camp had begun. Jay Z allowed for breezy enjoyment; Beyoncé demanded full and reverent attention."

Billboard: "The sheer volume of material, coupled with the cinematic theme (more on that later) and Beyoncé’s jaw-dropping wardrobe changes made for a highly entertaining and impressive show that went from the glamorous to the profane…But it was also a rather detached show… the lines between performers and audience were very sharply delineated and both Jay and Beyoncé’s were careful to adhere to script and procedure every step of the way…Alternating in the sparse, almost industrial-looking stage, Beyoncé and Jay-Z proceeded to take us on a journey of fashion, high-level performance and music, always returning to the central theme of love—challenged, perhaps, but finally standing strong."

The Guardian: "Some songs came in snippets and the show occasionally felt rushed, but with over two decades of work under their jointed belts, how else could they get through their catalogue without pushing the three-hour mark?…The tour played into both of the pair's strengths: Jay brought the Brooklyn bravado and Bey brought the southern strut. Next his wife, Jay Z isn't much a dancer, and when the tempo upped, he respectfully exited, letting her lead her Beyhive legions through their hip-shaking glory."

USA Today: "Early on, it becomes apparent that this is a totally integrated performance. Sure, it gives Beyoncé time for her phenomenal costume changes, but the coordination is not just remarkable, it's the absolute best way that two of the world's best performers can deliver a show that proves why they're on top together…This show is worth it just for Beyoncé's ensembles. She reappears in a black lace, drop-sleeve number, a la Stevie Nicks, for Haunted, a highlight performance, boasting creamy vocals that contrast with other awesome numbers like the more agro Flawless and triumphant Crazy In Love. Her vocal range is as vast as her fashion choices."

Rolling Stone: "The most powerful couple in music could have easily just coasted on their names, performing a sparse half-Jay/half-Bey concert before cashing the Roc Nation checks. Instead, over the course of two-and-a-half hours and 42 songs, the Carters opened their joint On the Run tour with a well synchronized cinematic spectacle…Husband and wife might get equal billing here, but make no mistake: This is Beyoncé's show. She monopolized the heavy-duty set pieces, she wore the jaw-dropping outfits, she delivered the mesmerizing and complex choreography. Perhaps a little too often, it felt like Jay Z was there just to kill time between his wife's costume changes, but what better way to kill time than have one of the greatest rappers of all time rifle through a few of his biggest tunes."

 

 

 

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Jack Reynor on the chaos of 'Transformers' and the honor of 'Macbeth'
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Jack Reynor on the chaos of 'Transformers' and the honor of 'Macbeth'

The young star talks about the thrills of both of his new films

Greg Ellwood assures me that the buzz about Jack Reynor and his work in "MacBeth" later this year is very positive, and I'm glad I got a chance to ask Reynor about it. When I asked him if there was a culture shock that kicked in going from "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" right into Justin Kurzel's film version of "the Scottish play" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring, he got real serious real fast.

He lit up when it was mentioned. "It's a step in my career that I'm incredibly proud of," he said, "and I am… fortunate to be in a position to do something like that… it was an amazing experience, and I worked with people who I have just the height of respect for."

Discussing the insane on-set conditions of making a Michael Bay "Transformers" film, Reynor was all smiles. "Not doing it is not really an option."

Reynor and his co-star Nicola Peltz discussed the practical effects and stunt work that even the primary actors in a Bay film are called on to do. It's a mark of honor to survive one of his sets with all four limbs intact, I'd even say. Bay likes to create a very real environment for these incredibly complicated effects, and part of what makes me laugh in the theater is seeing how huge the scale is this time of some of the practical builds and mechanical rigs and the way they marry things together. The next-level slick that is on display is ridiculous. That's what I can't really get past with Bay. He's diabolical in the way he stages things. He may well be a madman, and if that's true, then the "Transformers" films are even more important as they document his swing into this kind of wild, over-the-top kinetic destruction, played at a volume and a size that's just not possible for anyone else to do.

"There are things that Nicola and I were called on to do that we will never ever do again in our lives," Reynor said, almost wistful about it, even as he laughed at the memory in disbelief.

For the full video interview, watch the embed at the top of this story.
"Transformers: Age Of Extinction" opens everywhere tomorrow.

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'The Killing' Season 4 First Look - Joan Allen inspects the troops
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'The Killing' Season 4 First Look - Joan Allen inspects the troops

Fourth and final season premieres on August 1 on Netflix

Netflix has released the first official image for the upcoming fourth (and final) season of "The Killing."

Set to premiere in its six-episode totality on August 1, the network installment of "The Killing" picks up in the immediate aftermath of the Season 3 finale, which was deemed inconclusive enough that fans clamored for additional closure. 

The major new cast member this season is, as you can see from the picture above, Oscar nominee Joan Allen, who plays the headmaster of an all-boys military academy. 

And what is the context for Allen's involvement? Well, Netflix has offered a full basic plot summary.

Per Netflix: "As Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case -- a picture perfect family is murdered, survived only by the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre.  Joan Allen guest stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy where Kyle attends.  The new season also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden."

Netflix wants you to know that the first three seasons of "The Killing" are currently available to stream in advance of the Season 4 premiere.

Check out the picture above.

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Review: 'Earth To Echo' is a sweet small scale spin on the classic 'E.T.' formula
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Review: 'Earth To Echo' is a sweet small scale spin on the classic 'E.T.' formula

Strong FX and a stronger kid cast brings this one together

One of the hardest things about the way this generation of filmmakers has internalized the movies that inspired them is that watching their movies can sometimes feel like you're reading a laundry list of the things that they saw when they were younger, rather than watching something where all of those influences have crystallized into something new.

"Earth To Echo" could accurately be described as a "found-footage" riff on "Explorers" and "E.T.", and that description would certainly impart something of the film to someone. But the thing that "Earth To Echo" most accurately reflects from the best of the '80s movies that continue to linger with viewers, even 30 years after many of them first hit theaters, is that sense of something genuine about the kids. When I look at "E.T.", the first thing that strikes me as remarkable is just how right Spielberg got all of the kids in the film. Not just Elliott and Gertie and Michael, but all the kids in that film felt like actual kids who I knew at the time, my friends or the brothers and sisters of my friends, both older and younger. That was one of the huge appeals of Spielberg's early work, that rowdy sense of reality spilling out of the edges of the frame. When you watch the scenes in "Close Encounters" where it's just Roy Neary and his kids at home, there is nothing about those scenes that feels conventionally written. Instead, it's like Spielberg set up a camera in a real house and just captured the sort of chaos that defines family life. It's true of "Jaws," it's true of "Sugarland Express," it's true of "Poltergeist," and in its best moments, it is true of "Earth To Echo."

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Jillian Michaels may have left 'The Biggest Loser' over the Rachel Frederickson controversy

Jillian Michaels may have left “The Biggest Loser” over the Rachel Frederickson controversy
According to People, Michaels was "deeply concerned about the direction the show has been taking” in the wake of Rachel’s shocking thin frame.


“Big Brother” returns up from last year
About 6.6 million watched the 16th-season premiere.


David Hasselhoff to star in a “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-style comedy for the UK’s “Dave” channel
"Hoff the Record” will follow The Hoff’s life over six episodes, airing on channel Dave.


Destination America is sending The Wallflowers to small towns for the 4th of July
It’s part of a “Red White & You” promotional campaign.


Triumph the insult Comic Dog insults even more World Cup nationalities
On last night’s “Conan,” Triumph’s targets included England, the Italians and the Japanese.


Here’s Joan Allen on “The Killing”
In the final season, she plays Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy.


Jason Dohring may be part of the “Veronica Mars” spinoff
“I hope I get to be a part of it and I love Ryan and love working with him as well, he’s just such a super guy…they contacted me several weeks ago and we’ll just see what happens,” Dohring says of “Play It Again, Dick.”


Check out “Sons of Anarchy” Season 7 pics
SAMCRO is reunited.


A father discovers his missing son is in the basement, thanks to Nancy Grace
Local police and the FBI supposedly searched the basement, which surprised Charles Bothuell IV when Grace revealed his son’s whereabouts.


TV Guide magazine is being cut down to about the size of an iPad
The magazine will go from 7 3/8 by 10 1/4 inches to 7 by 10 inches.

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