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Timberlake & Kendrick Can’t Stop The Feeling at Trolls Premiere

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 23, 2016: Actor/singer Justin Timberlake at the Los Angeles premiere of "Trolls" at the Regency Village Theatre, Westwood. Picture: Paul Smith/Featureflash.comJustin Timberlake is focusing on family and film these days, so we’ll have to wait a little longer for his next album after his top-selling The 20/20 Experience in 2013.

But Timberlake is definitely on the radar. He may be giving wife Jessica Biel and toddler son Silas a lot of attention, but his uptempo single Can’t Stop the Feeling from the Trolls soundtrack is the best selling song of the year, a teaser for the Dreamworks Animation film which opens in the USA this weekend.

Timberlake stars as a grumpy old troll (Branch) in Trolls, based on the 1960s big-haired troll doll fad.

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 23, 2016: Actress Anna Kendrick at the Los Angeles premiere of "Trolls" at the Regency Village Theatre, Westwood. Picture: Paul Smith/FeatureflashAnna Kendrick plays a queen troll (Poppy), with other voices by Christine Baranski, Zooey Deschanel, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani and James Corden.

They both looked in high spirits at the Los Angeles premiere of Trolls at the Regency Village Theatre, Westwood.

Kendrick has had a busy year. In addition to Trolls, she stars with Ben Affleck in the crime thriller The Accountant, which opened in October; and in three comedies – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates; Get a Job; and The Hollars.

 

 

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Allison Janney Stars on the Walk of Fame

Allison Janney & Chuck Lorre & Richard Schiff at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony honoring actress Allison Janney.

Actress Allison Janney has a lot of good friends. Her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony was packed with people from both her past and present, including cast members from the CBS TV sitcom Mom and yesteryear’s NBC TV political drama The West Wing.

The seven-time Emmy Award winner tucked her peach-colored lace dress over her long legs as she posed with her sidewalk star on Hollywood Boulevard, her friend and co-star Richard Schiff of The West Wing, and prolific TV producer Chuck Lorre of hit shows like Mom and The Big Bang Theory.

Allison Janney & Anna FarisAs Allison and co-star Anna Faris return for the fourth season of Mom this fall, Janney is ramping down a lively year in feature films like The Girl on the Train, Tallulah, Finding Dory, and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.  She also returns to Broadway next spring to lead a revival of Six Degrees of Separation.

As the 6-foot-tall actress told NPR, “I get cast as either the smartest woman in the room or the drunkest woman in the room, and a lot of stuff in between. But I do well getting those kinds of parts — authoritative or completely crazy…”  As the big turnout at her star ceremony shows, whatever part Janney plays, her fans and co-stars adore her.

Check out our pictures from the star ceremony.

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Mechanic: Resurrection Brings Jason Statham Back

LOS ANGELES, CA. August 22, 2016: Actress Jessica Alba at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mechanic: Resurrection" at the Arclight Theatre, Hollywood. Picture: Paul Smith / FeatureflashThe biggest news at the low-key Hollywood premiere of action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection was Jessica Alba in her strapless Dolce & Gabbana mermaid-style gown.

Then photographers turned their lenses on the hot pink wonder of British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the fiancée of the film’s co-star Jason Statham, who is said to be the big draw for the film.  Directed by Dennis Gansel, the movie also features Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh.

Most of us can’t remember seeing The Mechanic at the local cinema in 2011, which introduced Jason Statham as a hit man who specialized in making his work look like an accident.

This time filmmakers have a good reason for a sequel, despite the poor box office of the remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller.  Since 2011, home viewers are responsible for bringing The Mechanic back to life, buying more than 1.5 million home units and renting it more than 2.1 million times.

Check out our pictures from the Hollywood premiere.

LOS ANGELES, CA. August 22, 2016: Actor Jason Statham & girlfriend actress/model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mechanic: Resurrection" at the Arclight Theatre, Hollywood. Picture: Paul Smith / Featureflash

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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper composite

Lady Gaga will star in and compose new music for this generation’s remake of A Star is Born, also starring Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut.

Before you cry, “Unbelievable!” consider that each actress who took on the Esther role was first a mega-star in her own right. There was plenty of wattage with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in 1976, Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954, and Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937.

Lady Gaga, with her persona of both outrageousness and vulnerability, could be just right for a role that shows the rapid ascent of a singer’s career, while her mentor’s stardom nosedives.

But can she act?  Lady Gaga proved herself with other credits and her portrayal of the countess on FX’s American Horror Story, which won her a Golden Globe. She also has six Grammys and an Oscar best song nomination.

Even Lady Gaga’s collaboration with virtuoso Tony Bennett on their 2014 Cheek to Cheek album can be compared to the mentor relationship between Esther and Norman in the movie.

Can Bradley Cooper pull off the self-destructive Norman? “I’m elated to be directed by and starring with Bradley in this project. He’s a brilliant visionary artist,” tweeted Lady Gaga. Cooper is also sharing scriptwriting credit with Will Fetters (Remember Me).

After Beyonce declined the part of Esther, the Warner Bros. project seemed to wither in development.  Now that the remake is reborn, production begins early 2017 in California.

 

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Petition Attacks Rotten Tomatoes for Bad Suicide Squad Reviews

Will Smith and Margot Robbie at European Premiere of Suicide Squad

After film critics started mauling the superhero film Suicide Squad, a small faction of DC Universe’s fandom posted a petition on change.org to shut down review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The petition went viral, but it didn’t go over well.  Its founder soon announced that he was taking it down. Fan Abdullah Coldwater of Alexandria, Egypt, said he really didn’t think he could shut down a popular site like Rotten Tomatoes.  He just wanted to “deliver a message to the critics that … a lot of people disagree with their reviews.”

Despite social media’s ridicule, Coldwater made his point about the “disconnect between critics and audiences.” As Suicide Squad‘s opening weekend drew to a close, the movie had a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 29 percent, an audience score of 73 percent, and had grossed about $135 million in the U.S. and over $267 million worldwide.

Jared Leto at the European Premiere of 'Suicide Squad'Suicide Squad stars an ensemble cast of  Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.  Cast members received an enthusiastic reception at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Based on the same premise as the 1967 American war film The Dirty Dozen, Suicide Squad is about a team of dangerous criminals, put together as disposable assets in U.S. government missions.

Suicide Squad director and writer David Ayer tweeted, ” … I love the movie and believe in it.  Made it for the fans …”

Check out our pictures from the European premiere of the movie in London.