Marie Ishikawa/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
-- Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The super-intelligent dog Mr. Peabody and his young human pal, Sherman -- originally introduced in the 1960s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon -- are back for more historical adventures. Mr. Peabody has to rescue Sherman and a girl named Penny after they rip a hole in the universe by using the time-traveling WABAC machine. Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney and Lake Bell lend their voices to the film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG. [Click here to read a review]
-- 300: Rise of an Empire: In the follow-up to Gerard Butler’s 2007 hit film 300, the Greek general Themistokles goes to battle against Persian forces, which are led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and navy commander Artemesia. Butler does not appear in the movie, which is screening in 3D. Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey star. Rated R. [Click here to read a review]
Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lindsay Lohan says there could be a Mean Girls reunion in the works.
During an appearance Thursday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lohan said she learned about a possible 10-year anniversary reunion for the hit film from the movie's screenwriter Tina Fey last month when they were both backstage waiting to make their cameo appearances on Fallon's debut as the host of the Tonight Show.
Lohan said Fey told her she was "talking to [producer] Lorne [Michaels] about it." Lohan added she'd be in if "the big boss" gave it the go-ahead.
The 2004 high school clique drama starred Lohan, Fey and Rachel McAdams.
Lohan was on The Tonight Show to plug Sunday's premiere of Lindsay, her new docu-series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel. Lohan admitted she was a little rattled when the clip that was released to promote the show was the one in which Winfrey scolded the actress, telling her she has to "drop the bullsh**."
Lohan explained, "It's very clear...it's a television show and they want ratings, obviously that needs to happen...so...they picked the first two months that I was out of treatment...of course they take the chaos of me moving eight years of my life from L.A. back to the city of New York, which was really scary...So it's like, 'Oprah reprimands Lindsay and she says the word bullsh**!'"
Lohan says that despite the apparent drama, Winfrey has remained a close friend and counselor -- one so treasured that Lohan saves her voicemails to play for people.
After the chat, Lohan sat down to play Water War with Fallon. The game operates like the card game War, but every losing hand is punished by the victor throwing cold water in the loser's face. Lohan lost the first hand, and gamely took Fallon's glass of water in the face. She then won the subsequent hands, soaking the host repeatedly before she blasted Fallon in the face with a water cannon.
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- With less than a month to go before the April 4 premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel has released four minutes of new footage of the eagerly anticipated sequel.
The new footage teases a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid on a ship that had been taken over by pirates, and the operation not only boasts Chris Evans' Captain America kicking butt -- he airdrops in from a plane without a parachute for openers -- but also shows Evans' Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, in fine form as both his wingman in the operation and in the dating world.
An earlier snippet revealed Romanoff is apparently concerned with thawing out the formerly frozen super-soldier's less-than-super love life; here she passes along info about potential dates even as their operation is underway. "I'm multitasking," she quips before leaping over a railing to subdue three armed guards single-handedly.
Former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is also glimpsed for the first time as Batroc -- known as "Batroc The Leaper" in the pages of Marvel Comics. Here, as the baddie in charge of the terrorist operation, he's described as a highly-trained mercenary with a, "rep for creating maximum casualties."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will center on Evans' Steve Rogers trying to come to grips with both an increasingly disturbing modern world and betrayal within his own agency.
Samuel L. Jackson also returns as Nick Fury, as does Captain America: The First Avenger co-star Sebastian Stan. The trailer also features series newcomers Robert Redford, playing the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Anthony Mackie, who plays Marvel hero Falcon.
2011's Captain America: The First Avenger grossed more than $370 million worldwide.
Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Grey's Anatomy has a surprise twist in store for its fans: Isaiah Washington is returning to the ABC series. Yes, the same Washington who was fired from the show in 2007 for using an anti-gay slur multiple times, once in reference to then-co-star T.R. Knight.
The Hollywood Reporter says Washington will reprise his role of Dr. Preston Burke in an episode set to air sometime in May. His appearance is tied to the impending departure of Sandra Oh's character, Cristina Yang, who was once engaged to Preston.
Series creator Shonda Rhimes says in a statement, "It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should." She adds, "Burke is vital to that journey -- he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
Washington played Burke for three seasons before his firing. Since then, he's made sporadic appearances on TV, including in a short-lived remake of Bionic Woman and in Law & Order: LA. He's featured in the new CW series The Hundred.
Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The early success of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has reportedly led to NBC putting pressure on celebrities to not appear on competing late-night programs.
According to TMZ, NBC has let it be known that stars will not be booked as a guest on The Tonight Show if they agree to appear on another network -- that includes both late-night shows and morning programs.
The website says NBC feels emboldened by the strong ratings for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the show's second week -- the week of Feb. 24-28 -- it averaged 6.4 million viewers.
The vast majority of the morning and late-night shows on NBC, ABC and CBS are broadcast from New York.
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- You walk out of 300: Rise of an Empire feeling like you were just at a Gallagher show, only swap the watermelon remnants for fake movie blood. When the original 300 came out in 2007, the fancy 3D technology of today didn’t exist, so this time around the filmmakers use every possible opportunity to make that blood fly right at you. I wouldn’t be surprised if at least half of the film’s budget was for red dye and corn syrup. Even the film’s poster is a blood-red tidal wave enveloping the main character, Themistokles. Let that be a warning to all: the subtitle to this film should have been There Will Be Blood.
Not that the target audience of 300: Rise of an Empire will be complaining. They’re going specifically for all of the blood, and severed limbs, and killer horses that graphically crush skulls beneath their hooves. And that crowd won’t be disappointed, oh no. This orgy of battle-porn panders right to its audience without shame. But it’s not a one-trick skull-crushing pony -- there’s enough here even for the friends or dates dragged unwillingly to see this sequel to enjoy.
300: Rise of an Empire doesn’t pick up where 300 left off, after the battle of Thermopylae. It focuses on another conflict happening at around the same time, involving clashes not between Spartans and Persians, but between the Greek and Persian navies. The story focuses on two new characters: the aforementioned Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), who commands the Greek ships, and his beautiful but deadly Persian counterpart, Artemisia (Eva Green, last seen in Dark Shadows).
We’re meant to be rooting for the Greeks here, but Artemisia is by far the most interesting character in the story. She’s a woman hell-bent on revenge, and Green does a great job portraying her as a dark, manipulative warrior who uses her sword, not her sexuality, to crush foes. In the hands of a less skilled actress, Artemisia probably would have devolved into an overly sexualized cliché. The same could be said of returning Spartan Queen Gorgo, played again by Lena Headey. Though they’re the only two women in the film, these ladies aren’t relegated to the meek damsel-in-distress roles you normally find in movies like this.
Director Noam Murro also deserves kudos for being able to deliver Zack Snyder’s trademark look and feel. Snyder wrote and directed 300, and serves as writer/producer this time around. But fans of the visually stunning and innovative original won’t notice Snyder’s absence from the director’s chair -- which is pretty impressive, considering this is only Murro’s second feature film (his first was the 2008 comedy Smart People).
There’s a lot to like in 300: Rise of an Empire. It looks great and delivers on the action, though personally, I would have enjoyed a little more heart to the story. I didn’t really find myself emotionally involved at any point and some of the plotlines fail to connect, like a father and son we’re supposed to care about. But this isn’t Gladiator, nor do I think that’s what this is aspiring to be. 300: Rise of an Empire is all about blood, battles, and strong babes, and on that level it doesn’t disappoint.
Oh, and for maximum enjoyment, see it in 3D. While I’m not typically a fan of the technology or the higher ticket prices, it’s worth it here. The battle scenes are crisp and clear, and it’s not hard to follow the action. Arrows and spears flying at your face, blood squirting past your head every couple of minutes -- this is what 3D was made for, right?
Entertainment Weekly(NEW YORK) -- When Angelina Jolie was cast as the lead in Maleficent, she was game to completely morph into the villain. After all the makeup had been applied and her costume was in place, only one of her six children was unafraid of her new look: her 5-year-old daughter, Vivienne.
Her cool demeanor landed her the role of young Aurora in the film.
"We think it's fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That's not our goal for Brad and I, at all," Jolie told Entertainment Weekly for its new issue. "But the other 3- and 4-year-old [actors] wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
Also making appearances in the film are her kids Pax, 10, and Zahara, 9.
"I had to walk by them being very mean," said the star, who added that the kids appear in the famous christening scene. "Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them!"
However, she did have to cajole Pax a little bit. When he first saw his mother in her costume, he ran away.
"I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying," she said. "I had to take off pieces [of the makeup] in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak out so much."
She also talked to her family about taking the role before she formally accepted it. Despite their initial reaction of, "She's so scary!" Jolie said that they eventually warmed up to the idea.
"The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, 'You don't understand her!'" Jolie said. "They got into a bit of an argument and I thought, 'That's the reason to do the film.'"
Hollywoodreporter.com(NEW YORK) -- Shailene Woodley doesn't have a type.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Woodley was asked about dating and her love life.
"I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are," she explained.
Indeed, Woodley, 22, seems to be very into making personal connections with those around her. Someone who is quick to hug strangers ("It's kind of like, 'Hey, I'm real. You're real. Let's connect,'" she said), the actress is poised to enter a new phase of her career with the impending release of her film Divergent.
Though the actress who said her religion was "the Earth, man," was hesitant to take the role, Jennifer Lawrence advised her to reconsider.
"[She] said, 'You must do it. You will not regret it for a second. Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this,'" Woodley said.
Not that she'll be splurging much.
Woodley said she doesn't have a permanent home, forages for fruit with her friends, refuses to wear fur or diamonds for ethical reasons and insists that she only wears vintage clothing.
"I'm going to be a citizen of this planet, and I'm going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her," she said.
In the not-so-distant future, fans may get the opportunity to taste-test some of Woodley's recipes. Asked about her plans for the next few years, she explained that she's not married to the idea of solely acting.
"I might open a restaurant, and it's going to be like restaurant in the morning, dance club at night," she said. "Who knows!"
Courtesy Moe Abourched of MSM Luxury Estates(LOS ANGELES) -- A day after it was revealed that the Jenner mansion seen in Keeping Up with the Kardashians is not the family home at all, Kim Kardashian is coming clean about the family’s use of fake houses.
Answering a fan’s question on Mobio Insider about whether it was true the Kardashians use “fake houses” for their reality show, Kardashian explained that they use exteriors shots of different homes for “security purposes.”
“My old home in Beverly Hills was really my home & I would get people showing up at all hours ringing my gate & had to call the police on several occasions,” Kardashian wrote. “People hoping [sic] the gate & scaring me. It was so unsafe. The hollywood star tours would stop by too, bc they recognized my home from our show. After that we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes. So now we use different homes for the outside for security purposes.”
But, she added, “When we film inside, thats obviously our real home.”
News that the Jenner house seen on the show is not the real family home first broke Wednesday when the Los Angeles mansion was listed for sale for $6.25 million and pictures of the interior did not match the sleek, modern interior of Kris Jenner‘s home as seen on television. The real family home is actually 20 miles away.
Whenever the “fake” mansion sells, the Kardashians may have to pretend they live in a different house, since the new owners could deny the reality family use of the exterior shots.
ABC/ RON TOM(LOS ANGELES) -- Simon Cowell became a first-time dad a few weeks ago, and he's apparently enjoying the experience. In his first interview since the birth, Cowell tells TV's Extra, "I was born to be a dad."
Cowell says he was in London working on Britain’s Got Talent when he got a call from his pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, in New York City. “Phone rings at half past five in the morning, 'I’m about to give birth [said Lauren],' so we had to find a flight, which we did, and I got there with two hours to spare.”
The music mogul admitted he cried when his son Eric was born, and told Extra he was surprised by the love he immediately felt for his son. “I actually said to Lauren beforehand, 'What if I like the dogs more than him?' -- and she said, 'You're gonna be absolutely fine,' and then literally within seconds of him being born, I got it.”
Cowell tells Extra the baby barely cries, but he can't say the same for his wife. “Lauren's actually been crying more than Eric," he jokes, "So I've had to put one of those pacifiers in her which she likes. Has to be fed every three hours, otherwise she gets a little bit grumpy, and Eric's absolutely fine.”
Eric is named after Cowell's late father. "I look at him, Eric, and I think of my dad all the time, so it's a really good thing,” Cowell told Extra. The couple plans to bring the baby to London soon to meet his grandmother.
And Simon doesn’t want to stop at just the one child either. He admits, “I wouldn't rule out [more children]...I had a brother when I was younger, so I kind of think it’s cool to have two or three…"
PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(NEW YORK) -- The nominees for the MTV Movie Awards were announced Thursday morning, and you can't be blamed if you initially mistake the list for the recent Oscar nominees.
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street are all nominated in the Movie of the Year category, along with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Conspicuously absent in the Movie of the Year category is Gravity, starring VMA favorite Sandra Bullock. She picks up a nod in the Best Female Performance category, along with Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence -- for The Hunger Games, not American Hustle -- and Jennifer Aniston, for We're the Millers.
Best Male Performance nominees include Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Josh Hutcherson, for The Hunger Games.
This being the MTV Movie Awards, we've also got nominees in categories like Best Scared-as-S**t Performance, Best Shirtless Performance, Best Fight, Best Kiss, Best Villain, and Best #WTF Moment.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days before her new reality show premieres on OWN, Lindsay Lohan has landed another TV gig.
CBS announced Wednesday she'll guest star in an episode of 2 Broke Girls, airing April 14. She'll play a soon-to-be-bride named Claire Guinness, who turns to Kat Dennings' Max and Beth Behrs' Caroline to make her wedding cake. However, Claire has a hard time making decisions.
Last fall, Lohan guest starred on the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. Her reality show, simply titled Lindsay, premieres Sunday night on OWN.