Star 101.5

Entertainment

The claws come out: Visual effects artists aren't laughing at the Oscars' 'CATS' gag

Star 101.5
Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — One of the biggest laughs of Sunday night’s Oscars telecast was when Rebel Wilson and her CATS co-star, James Corden, came out in furry feline outfits to present the nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects. “As cast members of the motion picture CATS, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects,” the pair said on the Oscars stage, to laughs.  The bit was the actors’ obvious swipe at their own movie, the visual effects for which were flamed online even before CATS‘ inglorious debut. However, visual effects artists on that film and others aren’t laughing. In response to Corden and Wilson’s catty comments, the Visual Effects Society released a statement to industry trades, including Variety, saying, “…the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline, and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie CATS. The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly.” The statement continued, “On a night that is all about honoring the work of talented artists, it is

Macaulay Culkin defends Michael Jackson: "He never did anything to me"

Star 101.5
Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Last year, the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland once again raised the question of whether Michael Jackson was guilty of sexual abuse. But a star who was very close with the King of Pop during the ’90s tells Esquire magazine that he never saw any evidence of that. Macaulay Culkin, who shot to fame as a child star in 1990’s Home Alone, was a good friend of Michael Jackson’s, and even appeared in his video for “Black or White.” He even testified in MJ’s defense during his 2005 abuse trial, at which Jackson was acquitted. Now, in a cover story, Culkin insists to Esquire that he has nothing bad to say about the late legend. “I’m gonna begin with the line — it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back,” Culkin tells Esquire. “The guy has passed on. If anything — I’m not gonna say it would be

'For Life': 50 Cent, Isaac Wright Jr. and cast dish on the new ABC legal drama and its impact

Star 101.5
L-R, Jackson, Pinnock, Wright — ABC/Arturo Holmes(NEW YORK) — Tonight, ABC premiers the new legal drama For Life, inspired by the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., a wrongfully imprisoned man, who, while incarcerated becomes a licensed attorney and steps in as a legal defense for his fellow inmates. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who serves as executive producer on the series, says that when Wright told him about his journey and eventual exoneration, he immediately knew it should made into a series. “I felt like that two hours wouldn’t do [his] story justice,” Jackson told ABC Audio. “I said, ‘Nah it’s a TV show.'” Wright, who says he was content with the “most important parts of [his] story [being] told,” confirms 50 was the one who envisioned the series, adding, “this is something that people are going to want to hear and see every week.” 50 also had a vision for the show’s cast. Joy Bryant, who plays the estranged wife of the wrongly imprisoned Aaron Wallace, had previously starred alongside 50 in his 2005 loosely based biopic, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Bryant

'Outlander' lead Caitriona Balfe calls first Oscars "wild"; touts success of Ford vs. Ferrari

Star 101.5
20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — For Outlander star Caitriona Balfe [Katrina BAL-fee], this is a big week. Not only did she just attend her first Oscars, at which her film Ford vs. Ferrari was nominated for Best Picture and won two trophies, but her beloved STARZ show, Outlander, launches its fifth season on Saturday. James Mangold’s film saw Matt Damon and Christian Bale playing, respectively, American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles, who in 1966 were tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of building a race car for Ford that could compete, and beat, Italian automaker Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans road race in France. Balfe played Miles’ strong, spitfire of a wife, Mollie. “It was wild,” Balfe explained to ABC Audio about attending Hollywood’s biggest night, “and very overwhelming.  It was just…amazing. I mean, it’s a very special night and it was just very cool to be there.” Balfe added, “Our movie won two Oscars, and congratulations to Mike and Don and Andrew,” referring to winning film editors Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland,

"Nervous!" The cast of 'The Conners' sound off about tonight's live show

Star 101.5
ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — The Conners is going live! While the show is filmed live in front of a studio audience on the regular, the sitcom is going live on both coasts tonight, in an episode that will incorporate the news of the day — which includes the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. “Nervous!” is how Laurie Metcalf and her co-star and producer, Sara Gilbert, described to ABC Audio their feelings about the special show. Metcalf is no stranger to performing live, as she’s a Tony-winning, veteran stage actress, but the episode is different. “Yes, theater is live, but you’ve rehearsed for four weeks and you know what you’re doing and and it’s not being recorded for posterity,” Metcalf laughed. “Yeah, no one can play back your mistakes, right?” Gilbert added. The actresses explained how different the usual live recording of The Conners is compared to tonight’s show. “Well, we we do each scene at least two times, maybe three. But this [episode] won’t,” said Mecalf. Gilbert comments that flubs on a recorded show are common, and, “it’s like not

After disappointing debut, Warner Bros. changes 'Birds of Prey' title to spotlight Harley Quinn

Star 101.5
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — What’s in a name? Ask Warner Bros. After a its new movie Birds of Prey failed to slay at the box office over the weekend, the studio is reportedly switching things up to spotlight its star, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Meet Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. While the official title has always been Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), that’s not fitting on any marquee, so Birds of Prey was chosen instead — however, the studio apparently feels that created some confusion with some moviegoers, who didn’t realize the film was the spin-off of Robbie’s character, who many saw as the highlight of the commercially successful but critically drubbed Suicide Squad. Birds of Prey scored well with fans and critics, which is what’s likely behind WB giving the movie a fresh coat of paint. Purists also sniffed that Birds of Prey was a DC Comics series that didn’t have anything to do with Harley, and instead centered on the characters Huntress, Black Canary, and Detective Renee Montoya, who were more part

Melissa Rivers jokes her way through ski patrol rescue following accident

Star 101.5
Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Melissa Rivers summed it up best when one needs to be rescued by ski patrol: “This sucks!” The former Fashion Police host suffered an unfortunate injury to her leg while skiing on Sunday.  Rivers, 52, posted a photo to Twitter of her left leg safely secured in a brace as she lays in front of a door with a sign reading “Caution.  X-Ray in use.” Her caption?  A single facepalm emoji. It is unknown what Rivers actually did to warrant a rescue, but she continued shrugging off her injury using her signature self-depreciating humor. “Hi, these are my new friends… ski patrol,” the actress drones in a video documenting her moment of rescue.  Two members from ski patrol are seen crouching in front of her to move her to the toboggan.  She also manages to make both men smile as she huffs, “This sucks!” “It could be worse, right?” One of her rescuers encourages before assuring that she’ll “just have to ski another day.” As Rivers zooms in on the toboggan, she jokes whimsically, “Look at this! Going for a ride!” According to her representative, who

'The Bachelor' recap: An emotional three-on-one-date leads to another shocking elimination

Star 101.5
(LOS ANGELES) — ABC/Francisco RomanOn Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, Peter and the six remaining ladies travel to Lima, Peru, but with the hometown dates around the corner, the pressure is mounting on him and the women, as only four will move on. After a heart-to-heart video chat with his mom, Peter decides to pay a surprise visit, where he asks the girls to seriously think about whether or not they see themselves as his “future wife.” The first one-on-one date goes to 23-year-old Auburn, Alabama native Madison, who, after a day of exploring the fishing village of Pucusana, the two reveal that they are falling in love with each other.  If you recall, Madison met Peter’s family and watched his parents renew their wedding vows on their first one-on-one date, and next week, Peter will get a chance to meet her family. Natasha, the only lady who has yet to score a one-on-one date with Peter finally gets her wish, as the two spend a fun day at the Plaza de Armas, the birthplace of Lima and the city’s cultural center.  He confesses to

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's daughter Simone joins the WWE

Star 101.5
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(ORLANDO) — Can you smell what Simone Johnson is cooking? If not, you will soon! On Monday, the WWE Network announced that the 18-year-old daughter of retired pro-wrestler turned movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has started training to become the next superstar.“It means the world to me,” she said in a statement. “To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.” Johnson’s new career has her following in the footsteps of not only her father, but her grandfather, Rocky Johnson, and her great-grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia — all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. Her cousin, Nia Jax, is also a WWE star. So, needless to say, it’s in her blood. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez spotted on a double date with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Star 101.5
  The two couples apparently met while attending the JPMorgan Billionaire summit, where Harry and Meghan were both in attendance. The event, which included a speech from Harry, marked the first public appearance from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since leaving the royal family, but that was far from the topic of conversation between these A-list celebrities.  “Harry and Meghan got on really well with Jennifer and Alex, and spent some time chatting with them over dinner,” a witness told Page Six. “J-Lo was overheard inviting the couple and their baby Archie to her and Alex’s house in Miami to spend time with them and their kids.” For the record, Meghan and Harry have 9-month-old son, Archie, together while Lopez has 11-year-old twins, Max and Emme, in addition to Rodriguez’s two daughters, Natasha, 15, and Ella, 11. Even though their kids don’t exactly match up in age, this could very well be the start of a beautiful friendship. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.