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Courtesy of Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- I went to see a Joe Wright movie and a Baz Luhrmann film broke out.  Or at least something that wanted to be a Baz Luhrmann movie, very badly.

With Pan, director Wright’s attempting to tell an origin story – that of Peter Pan. Since it’s the world of Peter Pan, anything is possible and that’s exactly how Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie wanted it.  So, perhaps in the spirit of Barrie, Wright lets his imagination run wild.  The results are far more bizarre than entertaining.

Pan starts out promising, even touching.  On a cool evening in pre-WWII London, a striking blonde woman with a porcelain complexion begrudgingly leaves her baby boy on the dark alley doorstep of an orphanage. It’s an emotionally-charged, beautifully rendered scene that has you believing you might be in for a special experience.

Cut to a few years later.  It’s World War II and Peter (12-year-old Levi Miller) is still living in the orphanage run by an evil, obese, junk-food-hoarding nun who, naturally, hates him.  But in no time, Peter and many of his fellow orphans are kidnapped by pirates in a flying ship – one that’s perfectly visible to all of London and the RAF -- and whisked off to Neverland, where they’re  greeted by what seems like thousands of Lost Boys singing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (very Baz Luhrmann-esque).

Congratulations to Wright for thinking out of the box here but, to paraphrase an old saying, “Nirvana is Nirvana and Neverland is Neverland, and never the twain shall meet.” To be fair to Wright and screenwriter Jason Fuchs, the flying ship escapes into some sort of space-time continuum thingy to get to Neverland, which sort of explains the completely incongruous nature of placing a song written in 1991 in a movie that takes place during WWII.

Then Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard arrives to lead the chorus. He’s a combination of Flash Gordon’s Ming the Merciless, The Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, Count Rugen from The Princess Bride, and Dora the Explorer. Actually, he’s nothing like Dora the Explorer, but you’ve gotta love Hugh Jackman. His commitment to the character, the dialog and the role, as one would expect, is fantastic.  Unfortunately, in this case, he’s committing to a character, dialog and role that lack originality and sometimes simply don’t make sense.

We also meet John Hook (Garrett Hedlund), a handsome yet selfish rapscallion who uses Peter to escape Neverland.  Later, we meet Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), who will attempt to help Peter find his mother and, perhaps, discover who he really is.  Hedlund proves here he’d probably make a terrific Indiana Jones. Mara proves she deserves better.

Pan is an aesthetically pleasing yet misguided attempt to give us Peter Pan’s backstory.  All the key players in this movie are unquestionably talented, but they’re part of something that feels like a blatant and somewhat desperate attempt to be something it’s not: a movie that captures the imagination and ignites a franchise. Instead, it’s a menagerie of uninspired whimsy that doesn’t seem particularly well thought-out. If you want to see a far more imaginative and entertaining backstory of Peter Pan, head to New York and check out the musical Finding Neverland.

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

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- While his wife, Teresa Giudice, is finishing her prison term, Joe said he's had to adapt to care for their four young daughters.

"I've always been a father," he told E! News. "I've always done everything but Teresa did all the driving around, running around, paying for everything and doing all this and doing all that. I never knew how many expenses there are just in the activities."

"Damn, cheer's expensive. Damn, soccer's expensive. Everything's expensive, but I enjoy it," Joe continued. "It's fun watching them and they did really good."

Teresa reported to prison in Danbury, Connecticut in January after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Joe was also sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars, and will begin serving that sentence when his wife is freed.  He also faces possible deportation back to his native Italy when his sentence is served.

Joe said he now enjoys being a more stay-at-home dad. "I'm like the mom. I'm like the cheer mom and whatever," he quipped.

The reality star admitted he has help in his eldest daughter, 14-year-old Gia. She "is very mature for her age, which is good," Joe said. "So is [11-year-old] Gabriella actually...having them two around was a big help."

We'll see how the Giudice family is coping when Bravo airs their three-part special, Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Checks In, premiering Sunday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Image Group LA/ABC(LONDON) -- Earlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki  complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA.  Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.

Speaking to Britain's NME, Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."

Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech.

"Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later," says Swift. "It took a while."  Taylor says Kanye's actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes.  Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year.

"I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys," Taylor reveals. "He stops what he's saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It's Beck, it's on an album calledMorning Phase, I think you've heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I'm wrong.’"

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Suzanne Tenner/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- If you saw the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, which aired Wednesday, then you saw a bloody sex scene starring Magic Mike star Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga.

If you haven't caught it yet, Bomer said on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show"you see more of me in the first episode of this than you see in the first two Magic Mikes combined."

So how exactly did they pull off the graphic scene on set?

"We were also covered in blood so they just threw a plastic tarp over us," Bomer explained. "It was a four-way, by the way -- in case you didn't see it -- so here were the four of us with just a plastic tarp over us, making small talk until they called, 'OK! Rolling!' and they just whipped this tarp off of us. And we'd be like, 'All right. Back in it! Let's go!'"

Bomer said Gaga invited him over her house before they started filming, so that creating the sex scene wouldn't be awkward. In fact, it was pretty easy working with the pop star, he said.

"Stephanie -- which is what I call her because it makes me let go of the whole mythos of Lady Gaga, who I'm a huge fan of and just relate to her as an actress -- is so intelligent and gracious and down-to-earth," Bomer said.

American Horror Story: Hotel airs on FX Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- F. Gary Gray confirmed Thursday that he'll be directing the next installment in the Fast & Furiousfranchise, Furious 8.

The Straight Outta Compton director tweeted: "Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga." 

Although it was previously reported that star and producer Vin Diesel wanted to direct himself, it seems Universal chose Gray after the star and the director met, Deadline reports.

It's no surprise that Gray, who has directed Friday and The Italian Job, was tapped for the job as his latest film, Compton was critically acclaimed and also raked in more than $200 million at the box office worldwide.

The entire cast of Furious 7 minus the late Paul Walker reportedly is on board for the next film, which will begin production in April 2016.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Just two weeks after experiencing a mini-stroke, reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is opening up about the frightening ordeal that forced her to withdraw from ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

"I'm feeling great," Zolciak-Biermann said Thursday on Good Morning America. "On the whole flight I was nervous, but I feel great."

Zolciak-Biermann was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars September 29 after suffering a mini-stroke five days earlier that put her in the hospital for two days.

"It was a blessing in disguise," the Don't Be Tardy star said, explaining that the incident revealed she has a hole in her heart that led to the mini-stroke.

"I was born with it and it never closed," Zolciak-Biermann said. "That's what caused it basically. Because the blood clot was able to cross over through the hole. Whereas most people don't have that and it's not able to do that."

Some detractors thought she had faked her injury. Zolciak-Biermann  pushed back against those critics.

"I think it's sick that somebody would ever think that and some of the people that have said that, it just shows me their mentality," she said. "I don't think that many people would really fake a stroke. Especially since I love Dancing with the Stars. It's been one of the best experiences of my life. It's been very difficult for me to not be on the show."

Zolciak-Biermann said she felt it was unfair she never got a second change to compete, even after her fans rallied and gathered more than 200,000 signatures on a petition to bring her and her partner back.

"I was able to dance. I just couldn't fly," she said. "I feel like they could've done something via satellite. They've made exceptions in the past."

"I tried to kind of get an answer because I really do love the show," Zolciak-Biermann continued. "I love everybody. The producers, the casting directors, they all kind of fought for me, but when it came down to it it was the lawyers that made the final decision."

As for what's next for Zolciak-Biermann, she said she's looking forward to performing on the finale ofDWTS. "I'm not sure what they're going to have me doing," she said. "I don't care. I'm just so excited to be there."

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Kate Hudson works hard for her body and she's not afraid to show it.

The A-list actress flaunted her abs while offering a sneak peek at some new items in her athletic clothing line.

"This little bra and boyshort with little tiny hearts all over it," she wrote on Instagram Tuesday. "@Fabletics #SneakPeek #ValentinesDay2016 #Fabletics."


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Fabletics is a stylish athletic wear line co-founded by Hudson. There's also a men's line, FL2.

The 36-year-old mother of two stays fit by doing a variety of cardio and yoga.

"It just depends on if I have time to workout and what my mood is," she told Harper's Bazaarearlier this year. "Like sometimes, I'll just want to stretch and do more of a hot yoga-type situation, sometimes I want to sweat it out and do more cardio, spinning. But my go-to's are Brazilian Butt Lifts -- it's just really, really concentrating on your core and your butt -- and Pilates."

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Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston returns to TV Thursday...kind of.

The Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actor plays a past-his-prime, stop-motion superhero in the new Crackle series SuperMansion.

So what's the show about? "It's kind of a house of misfits also who happen to be superheroes," Cranston tells ABC Radio. "And I thought, that's a really interesting concept."

Cranston says the show is not just about adventures, but also about the superheroes living everyday lives.

"We're going to discover how they divvy up the chores in the house and who goes shopping," he explains.

The cast also includes Seth Green, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell and Chris Pine.

The first three episodes of SuperMansion will debut on Crackle Thursday.

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Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- A judge has determined Bill Cosby should face a deposition this week in connection with one of the sex assault cases against him.

Cosby's lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but that was denied by a California state judge in Santa Monica on Wednesday. As a result, the videotaped deposition set for Friday is still on.

Cosby will have to answer questions under oath about claims from Judy Huth, who says the actor and comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s, when she was 15.

The judge did order the deposition be sealed until at least December.

Earlier this week, model Chloe Goins, who has accused Cosby of drugging and abusing her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in 2008, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, seeking punitive damages.

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Sony(LOS ANGELES) -- Don’t count on Rick Moranis making a cameo in the all-female  Ghostbusters movie.

The 62-year-old actor, who played accountant Louis Tully in the two Ghostbusters films released in the 1980s, will not be joining his old co-stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in the reboot. He turned down an offer to make an appearance.

"I hope it's terrific," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?"

Moranis, who went on an extended hiatus from acting following the death of his wife Ann in 1997 to focus on raising their two children, says he's "picky" about the projects he chooses to work on. "Picky has worked for me," he adds.

Aside from Ghostbusters, Moranis' credits include Honey, I Shrunk the KidsThe FlintstonesLittle Shop ofHorrors; and Strange Brew.

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will star in the new Ghostbusters, which will open next July.

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Sony / Columbia(LONDON) -- It sounds like Daniel Craig has had his fill of playing Bond...James Bond.

In an interview with Time Out London, the British actor strongly implies he will relinquish the role following the release of the upcoming Bond flick, Spectre.

When asked if he can imagine starring in another Bond movie, Craig replies, "Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on."

To emphasize the point, he later states, "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money."

Craig doesn't care who replaces him as 007, either. He says, "Look, I don’t give a f***. Good luck to them!"

"All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better," he continues. "Make it better, that’s all."

Craig does have some advice for any actor who's offered the chance to become the next James Bond: "Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on.

"And don’t be s***!" he warns. "Don’t be s***. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this anymore. This is really rare now. So don’t be s***."

Craig has played Bond in four movies, including Spectre, which opens November 6.

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ABC/Mark Levine(NASHVILLE) -- On Wednesday's Nashville, Scarlett O'Conner made the decision to take her mother, Beverly, off life support, which didn't sit well with Beverly's brother -- Scarlett's uncle Deacon Claybourne. Scarlett was in the room alone as Beverly died at the end of the episode. Deacon chose to grieve alone in the bedroom he had set up for Beverly to come home to after she got better.

Juliette Barnes continued her hard-partying ways on the road as her husband, Avery Barkley, started divorce proceedings back home in Nashville. Juliette's tour mate, Luke Wheeler, gave her a cautionary tale about abandoning his wife and kids for life as a country star. It didn't seem to work, though. Juliette was downing champagne with a friend right after that pep talk.

Will Lexington faced heat from some gay members of the Nashville music community for not doing more with his status as an out country singer. Will's boyfriend, songwriter Kevin Bicks, backed them up but understood when Will said he needed more time to adjust to being an out gay man.

Mayor Teddy Conrad came clean to his daughters, Maddie and Daphne, about embezzling money from the government. He decided to plead guilty to the charges and will most likely spend several years behind bars.

Nashville returns next Wednesday night on ABC.

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Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday's episode of Empire, Lucious Lyon left jail thanks to his crafty lawyer, and his first order of business was trying to dismantle Cookie's new record label, Lyon Dynasty. Before he does that, however, he explained why he called his entire family to his house for dinner.

"I want you guys to eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we war," he said.

Later, while Hakeem gave an interview with Sway to promote the album he leaked, he also got ahead of himself and promoted Lyon Dynasty's first artist -- a Latina girl group named Mirage à TroisHakeem promised to bring them by the radio station later this week. Too bad they didn't have a single, which led to Hakeem and Cookie butting heads in the studio to produce a radio-friendly track. 

Across town, Dre was still trying to get his job back at Empire Records and it was clear he was ready to do anything. Cookie told him to use the fact that his wife, Rhonda, was expecting their first child to butter Lucious up. Still, when he finally told his father the good news, he didn't react like he thought he would -- instead he asked his son if he thought about the child's mental health.

"It doesn't run in my family," Dre shot back, clearly unaware that Lucious' mother also suffered from bipolar disorder.

Will Lucious ever tell Dre the truth about the fact that bipolar disorder runs in their family? 

Back in the studio, Jamal just threw out the umpteenth producer. Clearly, he was having a creative road block. Becky knew what the issue was: "Call her."

"Who?" Jamal asked. "Cookie," she replied. 

There's no word if the two will ever get back in the studio together, especially now that Mirage à Trois was ready for their debut. But when they went to Sway to unveil their new hit, the lead singer Valentina -- played by real-life artist Becky G -- was late. Lucious strolled in not only to let them know he had bought the radio station -- a great idea from his son, Andre -- but that he had stolen their lead singer for his own label.

Checkmate. Your move, Cookie!

Empire returns next Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

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Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, a switcheroo between the tribes led to a surprising twist.

The castaways swapped tribes, with six ending up on the Bayon camp; six at the Ta Keo camp; and six forming the new Angkor tribe, where despite being outnumbered, former Bayou members Andrew Savage and Tasha Fox ended up gaining control, convincing all four of the former Ta Keo players -- Jeff Varner, Woo Hwang, Abi-Maria Gomes and Peih-Gee Law -- to vote against one of their own.

For the immunity challenge, each tribe pushed a cart through an obstacle course, retrieved a key which they used to unlock a chest, then put it on the cart and move on. Once they collected all three chests, they had to disassemble the cart, slide it through a barricade, put it back together and make their way to the end. Two tribe members then used the pieces in the chest to assemble a giant puzzle. Ta Keo and Bayon won immunity.

The shocking twist was set into motion when Jeff sent a signal to former teammate Kelly Wiglesworth after losing the challenge and was busted by Tasha. Varner went on to reveal some of the team’s private deals, upsetting his former Ta Keo members. It set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to Abi-Maria and Peih-Gee campaigning to vote each other out.

At the tribal council, Peih-Gee, in a last-ditch effort to stave off elimination, tried to convince the tribe they could trust her word, declaring, “I’m steady. I’m loyal.” The pitch wasn’t good enough, and she was voted off the island.

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Meet the newest Disney princess. Moana will make her debut in a movie of the same name that hits theaters next year.

"[It's] a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest," Disney said in a statement. "During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds."

Newcomer Auli'i Cravalho, a native Hawaiian, will voice Moana, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will provide the vocals for Maui.

"Moana is such an amazing character," Cravalho told People magazine. "She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."

Moana will surf into theaters November 23, 2016

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