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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.

Joan Stewart Smith

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake Troll at Cannes

Anna Kendrick & Justin TimberlakeAnna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are “trolling” at the 2016 Cannes Festival to promote the Dreamworks Animation feature Trolls, based on the 1960s big-haired troll doll fad.

At a Trolls footage screening, Kendrick and Justin sang a weepy rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s 1980s hit True Colors.  Directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, Trolls will star Kendrick’s voice as a queen troll (Poppy), and Timberlake as a grumpy old troll (Branch),  and other voices by Christine Baranski, Zooey Deschanel, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani and James Corden.

But no one could accuse Kendrick of looking like a troll at the Cannes opening night gala at the Palais des Festivals, where she wore a yellow, form-fitting Stella McCartney gown with a dripping, silver Bulgari pendant.

Meanwhile, in the Côte d’Azur sunshine, a Trolls Fashion Show featured nine be-wigged fashion London models strutting down a pier overlooking the Mediterranean.  Their 1960s acid trip-colored wigs and gowns were a playful tribute to a new addition to the DreamWorks Animation canon.  No, it wasn’t a hallucination!

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg anticipates a big splash for Trolls on Nov. 4, 2016 and hopes the nostalgia will fuel renewed interest in the dolls.  The company went so far as to purchase the Troll doll brand from the Dam company, originally created by Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam.

Joan Stewart Smith

Hail, Clooneys!

George & Amal Clooney at the world premiere of Hail, Caesar!It’s not easy to do, but Amal Clooney upstaged her handsome husband George Clooney at the Hail, Caesar! world premiere in Westwood, California.

Mrs. Clooney (née Alamuddin), a human rights lawyer, breezed onto the red carpet in a flirty, floral red-and-white minidress by Giambattista Valli. She completed her playful Valentine’s Day look with a bouncy shoulder-length bob, silver pumps, and pretty red lipstick.

Her husband stopped to joke with the media about his latest role as a “none-too-bright” 1950s movie star who gets kidnapped in his sword-and-sandals costume. Written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the comedy Hail, Caesar! also stars Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes.

As for George’s upcoming second Valentine’s Day with his wife, he insists, “I’m ready for it!”

Joan Stewart Smith

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Star on Walk of Fame

Actor Daniel Radcliffe on Hollywood Boulevard where actor he was honored with the 2,565th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. November 12, 2015 Los Angeles, CA Picture: Paul Smith / FeatureflashDaniel Radcliffe surprised fans with his skinhead haircut at the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but the Harry Potter star was still his gracious, humble self.

“I feel he should get a star just for growing up in the industry and not being a jerk,” said comedian Chris Hardwick, after taking a selfie with Radcliffe on the podium.  He praised his pal for his “bold, innovative, creative choices” and successful transition to an adult acting career.

The cheers of Radcliffe’s excited fans reached a fever pitch when they mistook the announcement of Emma Watts, president of production at 20th Century Fox, as Radcliffe’s Potter co-star Emma Watson.

But it was the 26-year-old actor’s big moment.  “The fans of the Harry Potter films are unique and amazing and wonderful – and still, six years on since I finished them, I’m constantly being amazed by their passion,” said Radcliffe, who was dressed in a smart grey plaid suit and dark tie for the occasion.

His parents, literary agent Alan Radcliffe and casting agent Marcia Gresham, attended the star ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, but they stayed on the sidelines, as they “do not like this kind of a attention,” said Radcliffe.  They were content to let their son, who now lives in Manhattan’s West Village, stand in his own spotlight.

Radcliffe was joined by director and producer Christopher Columbus, who told the story about discovering Radcliffe and working with him on the Potter films.

Before expressing his thanks, Radcliffe playfully scolded an enthusiastic fan:  “To the guy who keeps asking me to come over there, I can’t come over there right now… I’m really busy right now!”

Radcliffe also has been busy promoting his new movie Victor Frankenstein, which stars James McAvoy and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).

Check out our pictures from Daniel’s Walk of Fame ceremony.

Joan Stewart Smith

Princess Kate Stirs, Shakes Hearts at Spectre World Premiere

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal World Premiere of SPECTRE at the Royal Albert Hall, London October 26, 2015 London, UK Picture: Dave Norton / Featureflash

Call us shaken and stirred when Princess Kate made her entrance at the world premiere of the latest 007 film, Spectre, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

She brought along those other two fellows, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, looking quite James Bond-ish themselves in bow ties and tuxedos.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal World Premiere of SPECTRE at the Royal Albert Hall, London October 26, 2015 London, UK Picture: Steve Vas / FeatureflashThe Duchess of Cambridge wore a flowing, bluish-gray halter gown with a sheer chiffon overlay by Jenny Packham, adding her own “Bond girl” edge with its daring open back.

Kate also came with a few “gadgets” of her own – a crystal studded belt, sparkly Casa clutch purse, and blue Robinson Pelham chandelier earrings.

Seriously.  I don’t think any Bond villain or paparazzi would ever cross this mum-of-two wearing those lethal Jimmy Choo platform stilettos.

Also at the Spectre premiere were director Sam Mendes and the cast – Daniel Craig as agent 007, “Bond girls” Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, criminal mastermind Christoph Waltz, MI6 head Ralph Fiennes, assassin Dave Bautista, code name “C” Andrew Scott, former agent Naomie Harris, and MI6 quartermaster Ben Whishaw.

Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci at the Royal World Premiere of SPECTRE at the Royal Albert Hall, London October 26, 2015 London, UK Picture: Steve Vas / Featureflash