20th Century Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You have been warned: It's the 40th anniversary of The Omen today.
The classic horror film, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens, tells the tale of a U.S. ambassador who adopts a newborn child after his wife suffers a stillbirth, only to discover that it may be the Antichrist.
The Richard Donner-directed flick made more than 60 million dollars at the box office following its release on June 25, 1976, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It earned two Oscar nominations, winning for best original score.
The Omen spawned a few sequels, plus a remake in 2006 and the recently cancelled A&E series Damien.
L-R: “Strong” exec. prod. David Broome, host Gabrielle Reece, exec. prod. Sylvester Stallone; Trae Patton/NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) -- Sylvester Stallone is being accused of throwing a sucker punch to a personal trainer who's suing the Rocky star for allegedly ripping off his idea for a reality TV show.
Rob Fletcher claims Stallone, 69, lifted the idea for a show he pitched called America's Next Great Trainer, and used it for the NBC series he executive produced earlier this year called Strong, Westchester, NY's The Journal News reports. The show's first season concluded June 2.
Fletcher describes his show as a competition that would partner six to 10 contestants with personal trainers. The teams would compete in a variety of categories, and one would be eliminated each week. He claims he enlisted California celebrity trainer Todd Durkin as the show’s front man and got him to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2014.
"Think of it as American Idol for fitness trainers," Fletcher told the newspaper in 2015.
That same year, he says learned through through a fellow trainer that Stallone’s show had been green-lighted. Fletcher soon discovered the show would feature 10 female contestants paired up with trainers -- one of whom was Durkin.
NBC, Durkin and Strong producer David Broome were also mentioned in the lawsuit, but as of early Thursday, only Durkin and NBC reportedly had been served with legal papers.
Vivica A. Fox in “Independence Day: Resurgence”; Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- It's been 20 years since the original film debuted, but Vivica A. Fox is still excited when talking about her role in Independence Day: Resurgence.
"I was thrilled. I felt like that same young girl who twenty years ago got that call that I was going to be in one of the biggest summer blockbuster movies -- those same feelings came flooding back again," Fox tells ABC Radio.
The movie, the sequel to 1996's Independence Day, features a few returning cast members, with a few additions and minus Will Smith. Their goal -- to once again save Earth from invading aliens. Fox admits she was disappointed after hearing Smith wasn't taking part in the long-awaited film.
"There has been talks about doing the sequel for the last five years. The fans have literally been requesting this sequel for 15 years. So for five years you hear it's going to happen, it's gonna happen, it's not going to happen, it's going to happen, it's not going to happen and then I heard it's gonna happen and then I heard 'oh my gosh' I don't think Will Smith is going to do it. And I was like, sorry, selfish actor, damn, there goes my story line," the actress tells ABC Radio.
But even without Smith, Fox says she's happy with the result and her role asJasmine Dubrow-Hiller, mother to Dylan Hiller, who was only a boy in the original movie. Now, he's a fighter pilot.
"Dylan has now grown up and so have I," says Fox. "My character is no longer working the pole, which is a beautiful thing. She's going to be a hospital administrator, so she's not stripping for tips. OK, so you guys will be happy to hear that. So she's a hospital administrator and she's in there saving lives, and doing good things."
ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- This Sunday night 10:00 ET, ABC is re-launching a classic game show with Match Game -- part of the network's Sunday Fun & Games block along with a Steve Harvey-fronted Celebrity Family Feud at 8 p.m., and Michael Strahan's new $100,000 Pyramid at 9 p.m.
Match Game, which debuted in 1962 and resurfaced on other networks in the years since, poses "fill-in-the-blanks" questions to a panel of celebrities. The questions were deliberately loaded with double entendres, and more often than not, the "blanks" became bawdy.
For ABC's 10-episode incarnation, Alec Baldwin tosses the questions at a rolling roster of stars, including Will & Grace's Debra Messing, Rosie O'Donnell, Curb Your Enthusiam's JB Smoove, and others.
Baldwin, incidentally armed with a '70s-era game show host's skinny microphone, has reportedly donated the proceeds for the hosting gig to various arts-related charities via his AB Foundation.
In an interview with E! News, actress Viola Davis, who plays Amanda Waller in the film, even admitted to having heart palpitations on set. What’s more, co-star Jared Leto, who plays the Joker, was so committed to his role, he sent members of the cast boxes of bullets -- a stunt, Davis admitted, that was a bit scary.
The actress added that, despite being on set with him, she met the real Leto for the first time at a Glamour magazine event.
“I met him really for the first time because before that I was only introduced to the Joker,” Davis told E! News. “And there was a part of me that, you know, I almost had my pepper spray out.”
Davis said the whole cast, which includes Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Cara Delevingne, got to show their crazy.
"Every single person in it gets to be completely insane because all the characters are insane," Davis said. "They're bad guys. We're all bad guys."
Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley; JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Katherine Heigl is going to be a mom again.
The former Grey’s Anatomy actress announced the news on her blog. In a post on Thursday, she wrote, "We are expecting a third addition to our tribe! It was totally unexpected but thrilling nonetheless."
The actress promised to share the details of her preganacy on the blog, and she got started right away posting pictures of her self in the doctor's office being scanned by an ultrasound. She even posted the ultrasound image.
The baby is due in January.
This will be the third child for Heigl and her husband of eight years, Josh Kelley, though it is Heigl’s first pregnancy.
Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:
* Independence Day: Resurgence -- Twenty years after the original, the aliens are back to attack us again. Sorry, no Will Smith to save the world this time. Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman star. Rated PG-13.
* Free State of Jones -- Matthew McConaughey plays a Southern farmer who leads a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Rated R.
* The Neon Demon -- Elle Fanning is an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles and is surrounded by other, jealous models. Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone also star. Rated R.
* The Shallows -- Blake Lively is stranded off the shore of a beach after she's attacked by a great white shark. Rated PG-13.
Director Gary Ross starts out strong, immersing us in a realistic Civil War battle, from the Confederate perspective. It’s graphic, filled with brutal details that remind us how awful war is, and yet laced with humanity, a projection of our hero’s heart. Too bad the rest of the movie lacks the intensity, grittiness and intelligence of these opening moments.
The violence already has Knight disillusioned with war, but a new law allowing men from families who own at least 20 slaves to be exempt from service really shakes his confidence in the cause. That confidence is broken when a young family friend -- who was, in essence, kidnapped and forced to fight in the war -- is killed while Knight’s trying to get him back home.
Knight returns home to his wife (Keri Russell) and young son, where he learns local soldiers have been pillaging his neighbors’ property for food, clothes and ammunition. It isn’t long before Knight, in his efforts to protect a neighbor, is discovered by Confederate soldiers. It’s time for him to hide, with the help of a slave named Rachel, played by future Oscar-winner Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
As talented as McConaughey and Mbatha-Raw are, Ross mishandles the relationship between their characters. It just never feels real. Indeed, outside of the opening moments, nothing else in this film rings true. That’s disappointing, considering Ross’ previous work as a director – including The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit and Pleasantville – is, for the most part, terrific. I’d blame the writer, but Ross wrote the screenplay, too.
At its very best, Free State of Jones is an amazing history lesson with admirable performances. At its worst, it’s a poorly-paced, unrealistic, unfocused narrative that takes historical license with one of the Civil War’s more compelling stories that had, until now, been relegated to mainstream obscurity.
Blake Lively in "The Shallows"; Vince Valitutti/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Forty-one years ago, Steven Spielberg scared an entire planet with Jaws. It’s a great movie that, to this day, has me leery of swimming in the ocean. But enough about my personal phobias.
I consider every single movie about sharks, piranhas, gators or anything else that can attack you while enjoying a glorious day at a beach or resort to be a rip-off of Jaws. So when director Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows begins with Blake Lively’s Nancy hitching a ride to a “secret beach,” in memory of her late mother, I admit I rolled my eyes a bit, because I knew what was coming. Or at least, I thought I did.
Furthermore, when Nancy engages with two other surfers I knew would likely meet their end in the jaws of a great white, I was left thinking, “This is going to be predictable and full of gratuitous violence.” But Collet-Serra has proven in the past that he can make predictable interesting, so maybe he’ll surprise me. And he did.
Nancy encounters the great white fairly early in the film. She survives the attack, and as a medical student, she’s able to, painfully, sew her gaping leg wound closed with a necklace. And again, I was left thinking Collet-Serra really painted himself into a corner, because watching Lively try to fend off this shark for the next hour will continue to be predictable, so he might as well just cut to the climax. I’m glad he didn’t.
Lively has shown flashes of being a world-class actress in previous films, but I would say she’s now arrived. She has to carry this film -- her only scene partner, for the most part, is Collet-Serra behind the camera, and a seagull (the seagull is quite funny). It’s a physically demanding role that required Lively to conjure up a lot of emotion and more heart than most actors display throughout an entire career.
The Shallows isn’t complicated or complex. It’s good old-fashioned suspense featuring a career-defining performance, terrific cinematography, and excellent sound and color. At 87 minutes, it almost feels too short but it is, more or less, perfect.
Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Director Roland Emmerich has finally given us a sequel to the 1996 summer blockbuster Independence Day -- Independence Day: Resurgence. And it’s as visually spectacular, and as vacuous, as you might expect.
Twenty years after the first alien attack, the world has united, harvesting alien technology to make the planet a better place, including building a planetary defense force. We learn Captain Steven Hiller, the character played by Will Smith in the original, has died but his son, Dylan (Jessie T. Usher), is now a fighter pilot. Patricia (Maika Monroe), daughter of former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), is a speechwriter for the current president (Sela Ward) and is engaged to cocky pilot Jake, played by Liam Hemsworth, who’s stationed on the moon.
As for Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson, he’s now a high-ranking government official who finds his way to Africa, where a warlord and his troops have been minding the only alien ship that landed on Earth during the 1996 invasion. That ships lights have suddenly turned on -- indicating the aliens might be coming back.
We learn a little more about the aliens and their motivation, but there’s nothing terribly original here. The joy of Independence Day: Resurgence is the visual spectacle. I saw it in Imax 3D and it was aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. While not fully satisfying, Emmerich’s talent for disaster porn is unrivaled here, and the aliens are fantastic and a lot of fun to look at.
The film’s attempts at substance, though, are trite at best. The new characters are poorly developed, clichéd archetypes delivering zero emotional impact. The first movie was considerably funnier and while Independence Day: Resurgence has its share of camp, that camp’s on par with the last Sharknado TV movie.
Frank Ockenfels/AMC(NEW YORK) -- It’s a new day forDavid Schwimmer, who's taking on the role of an alcoholic sommelier in AMC’s Feed the Beast. So just what attracted the Friends veteran to this new character?
“I fell in love with the show because of the tone,” Schwimmer told ABC News. “It was so unusual, this gritty drama, great dark humor, violent crime and cooking. And I thought, 'Wow, this is something I’ve just never seen. I’ve never seen this before. And if we could pull it off that would be something else.' I just thought it was a great character, a great world and a real challenge.”
Schwimmer explained that the "beast" in the show’s title is actually the restaurant.
“We are feeding this beast in every way. We’re trying to get it built,” Schwimmer said. “The whole first season is really this act of creation. We’re trying to launch this restaurant, bring it to life. And in a way it’s also a metaphor for my character Tommy’s journey that first season as well. Because he’s pretty much, when we find him, he’s pretty much in the land of the dead. He is barely functioning just trying to get his son off to school, clothed and fed but really grieving the loss of his wife.”
And just how does he live with something like Friends that just won’t ever seem to go away?
“It’s great,” Schwimmer said. “The fact that there’s a whole new generation now because of Netflix and the ability to stream all 10 seasons of the show, there’s a whole generation now of my buddy’s kids who are watching it and they go, ‘Oh my God have you seen this show Friends.’ It’s a blast.”
Richard Bord/Getty Images(CANNES) -- Despite the millions Will Smith has made from his box office hits, the actor said he has his regrets about his film career. At a Cannes Lion panel on Tuesday, Smith expressed his regret in chasing fame rather than upholding his artistic integrity, pointing specifically to movies like Wild Wild West.
Smith has found great success in his movie career for a range of different projects. Both his turns on blockbusters like Men in Black and acclaimed dramas like The Pursuit of Happiness have earned him widespread respect. But Smith admitted his appetite for super-stardom influenced some of his career decisions.
“I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning,” Smith said at the panel, according to Entertainment Weekly. He then referred to the Wild Wild West era as a “lag,” explaining that he “found [himself] promoting something because [he] wanted to win versus promoting something because [he] believed in it.”
Though the film managed to earn about $222 million, it was bashed by critics and awarded five "Razzie" nominations.
Smith said his friend and mentor Muhammad Ali was a source of inspiration that helped him come to the realization. “He was unwilling to compromise for money, accolades, he was living his values rich or poor,” he said.
Since the Wild Wild West days, Smith said he has tried to exercise more discretion in selecting his projects.
L-R: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin; Danny Martindale/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles jury has found Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page did not steal the opening of their classic song, "Stairway to Heaven," from the 1968 song "Taurus," by the rock band Spirit.
Attorneys representing the estate of late Spirit frontmanRandy California had sought to prove that Led Zeppelin's members had plagiarized a guitar riff featured in "Taurus" and used it as the basis for the opening of "Stairway to Heaven," but the jury decided that there was no "extrinsic similarity" between the two songs.
The jury returned their verdict today, after less than a full day of deliberation, including a partial day Wednesday.
Page and Plant issued a joint statement following the ruling that said, "We are grateful for the jury's conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of 'Stairway to Heaven' and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans' support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us."
Meanwhile, the plaintiff's attorney, Francis Malofiy, addressed the media after the ruling. He maintained that although his legal team proved Page and Plant had access to "Taurus," he complained that the jurors were never allowed to hear the original recording of the song.
"The jury never got to hear the real evidence in this case and that's real frustrating," Malofiy said. "We feel justice wasn't served."
Among the points made by Malofiy were that Page and Plant were familiar with "Taurus" and that "Stairway to Heaven" -- one of the most famous and familiar songs in rock and roll history -- was substantially similar to the tune. He maintained that California, whose birth name was Randy Wolfe, deserves one-third of the writing credit for "Stairway" and that damages should be between $3 million and $13.5 million.
Led Zeppelin's lawyer, Peter Anderson, argued that the plaintiff didn't prove that the British rockers copied "Taurus" when writing "Stairway to Heaven," while claiming that the descending chromatic lines shared by both songs are featured in numerous older tunes that are in the public domain. One of those songs, "To Catch a Shad," was played in court, and also sounded remarkably similar to both "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven."
Other points Anderson brought up were that "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven" sound like two separate songs when superimposed, and although Page admitted to owning some Spirit albums, there was no evidence that he had them prior to writing the music for "Stairway to Heaven." He also maintained that the amount of damages California’s estate was seeking is misleading and outside the statute of limitations.
Hopper Stone/Sony Pictures Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Rock band Fall Out Boy ain't afraid of no ghost. The pop-punks have rerecorded Ray Parker, Jr.'s iconic Ghostbusters theme song from 1984, with an assist from rapper Missy Elliott. You can listen to the cover, dubbed "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)," now on YouTube.
"Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming new Ghostbusters movie, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. The soundtrack also includes contributions from Elle King, WALK THE MOON, Wolf Alice, Pentatonix and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Ghostbusters will hit theaters July 15. The soundtrack will be released the same day.
L-R: Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian have a "strained relationship with their former stepdad Caitlyn Jenner, a source tells Us Weekly.
“All three sisters feel there should have been an ‘I’m sorry’ moment from Caitlyn” after the former Olympian’s 2015 Vanity Fair cover story in which the the Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars believed Caitlyn threw their mom, Kris Jenner, under the bus, according to the insider.
“Khloe is scorned and they never had a real resolution after their initial fight after the Vanity Fair article.
Kim and Kourtney also have lost touch with their former stepfather, according to the insider.
“Kim is not as close to Caitlyn anymore," the source tells the entertainment magazine. "She was after she first transitioned, but as things came out and Caitlyn stayed unapologetic, the relationship got more and more strained,” explains the insider.
“Because of how things played out with Bruce and with Caitlyn," adds the source, "she is reluctant to have a serious relationship with Caitlyn.”
Kourtney, notes the source, hasn’t always been the closest with Caitlyn and “doesn’t really get involved.”
Suspicions of tension between Jenner and the Kardashian sisters surfaced this past Father’s Day after they didn't acknowledge Caitlyn on social media. Only Kendall and Kylie Jenner shared messages about their dad.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on E!