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Review: “Office Christmas Party” (R)

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

L-R: T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance and Rob Corddry in “Office Christmas Party”; Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — Office Christmas Party is the equivalent of a major league baseball roster that has an all-star at every position — yet the team finishes in last place.

This cast! C’mon! Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Randall Pak, Rob Coddry — the list goes on. I mean, do you really even need a plot?  Just put ‘em all in a room, set up the cameras, turn on some lights, yell “Action!” and start filming. The results are bound to be hilarious. Right?

Well…

The six people who wrote this movie — that’s right, six, not counting any lines the cast improvised — set up the the titular party as a means to save the Chicago branch of a company called Zenotech. T.J. Miller, one of the rare comedians whose mere presence is funny, plays Clay Vanstone. He runs the Chicago office, which he inherited from his father. His sister, Carol (Aniston), the interim CEO of Zenotech, hates her brother and gives him until the end of the night to close a 14-million-dollar deal with with a company represented by Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance).  If he doesn’t, she’ll shut down the office.

Recently-divorced Josh Parker (Jason Bateman) is Zenotech’s chief technical officer and Clay’s best friend. He also supervises Tracey (Olivia Munn), a genius developer who, conveniently — meaning as a plot device —  has been working on a revolutionary idea.

But that’s not important right now. What’s important is Clay, Josh and Tracey need to “close” Walter — and the only way to do that, obviously, is to throw the wildest Christmas office party ever!

I’m not saying this movie is bereft of laughs. Even teams that finish last can make a few good plays, and this talented cast is going to give us some funny moments, regardless.  But this is a serious case of a bunch of writers who couldn’t get out of their own way.  

The funniest “party” movies feature plots born out of natural circumstances.  That just doesn’t happen here.  Office Christmas Party offers a number of contrivances to unnecessarily raise and complicate the stakes. Undeniably, Miller is going to hit nine out of 10 times.  Jillian Bell continues her ascent toward the top of Hollywood’s funniest actor list, and Courtney B. Vance, Emmy and Tony winner that he is, fully commits to the best-written character in this movie, and nails it.

But the rest of Office Christmas Party, and it’s formidable cast, is wasted.

Two out of five stars.

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Review: “Office Christmas Party” (R)

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

L-R: T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance and Rob Corddry in “Office Christmas Party”; Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — Office Christmas Party is the equivalent of a major league baseball roster that has an all-star at every position — yet the team finishes in last place.

This cast! C’mon! Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Randall Pak, Rob Coddry — the list goes on. I mean, do you really even need a plot?  Just put ‘em all in a room, set up the cameras, turn on some lights, yell “Action!” and start filming. The results are bound to be hilarious. Right?

Well…

The six people who wrote this movie — that’s right, six, not counting any lines the cast improvised — set up the the titular party as a means to save the Chicago branch of a company called Zenotech. T.J. Miller, one of the rare comedians whose mere presence is funny, plays Clay Vanstone. He runs the Chicago office, which he inherited from his father. His sister, Carol (Aniston), the interim CEO of Zenotech, hates her brother and gives him until the end of the night to close a 14-million-dollar deal with with a company represented by Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance).  If he doesn’t, she’ll shut down the office.

Recently-divorced Josh Parker (Jason Bateman) is Zenotech’s chief technical officer and Clay’s best friend. He also supervises Tracey (Olivia Munn), a genius developer who, conveniently — meaning as a plot device —  has been working on a revolutionary idea.

But that’s not important right now. What’s important is Clay, Josh and Tracey need to “close” Walter — and the only way to do that, obviously, is to throw the wildest Christmas office party ever!

I’m not saying this movie is bereft of laughs. Even teams that finish last can make a few good plays, and this talented cast is going to give us some funny moments, regardless.  But this is a serious case of a bunch of writers who couldn’t get out of their own way.  

The funniest “party” movies feature plots born out of natural circumstances.  That just doesn’t happen here.  Office Christmas Party offers a number of contrivances to unnecessarily raise and complicate the stakes. Undeniably, Miller is going to hit nine out of 10 times.  Jillian Bell continues her ascent toward the top of Hollywood’s funniest actor list, and Courtney B. Vance, Emmy and Tony winner that he is, fully commits to the best-written character in this movie, and nails it.

But the rest of Office Christmas Party, and it’s formidable cast, is wasted.

Two out of five stars.

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Princess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a tiara for a diplomatic reception.

Princess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a tiara for a diplomatic reception.

First Look: John Cena Tackles The Wall for Bourne Director Doug Liman

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — WWE superstar-turned Trainwreck scene-stealer John Cena is shown in a new light in a war-set thriller called The Wall.

Cena stars alongside Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the film, directed by Doug Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow

The movie finds Cena and Taylor-Johnson playing a U.S. military sniper-spotter team, who are both shot and injured by an unseen sniper. While the pair bleeds — Cena’s character out in the open, and Taylor-Johnson’s protected only by a crumbling brick wall — the enemy sharpshooter harasses them both with bullets and bluster, teasing them over their communicators.

Cut off from help, the pair’s only chance of survival is to somehow find and eliminate the unseen gunman before it’s too late.

The movie opens March 10, 2017.

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First Look: John Cena Tackles The Wall for Bourne Director Doug Liman

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — WWE superstar-turned Trainwreck scene-stealer John Cena is shown in a new light in a war-set thriller called The Wall.

Cena stars alongside Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the film, directed by Doug Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow

The movie finds Cena and Taylor-Johnson playing a U.S. military sniper-spotter team, who are both shot and injured by an unseen sniper. While the pair bleeds — Cena’s character out in the open, and Taylor-Johnson’s protected only by a crumbling brick wall — the enemy sharpshooter harasses them both with bullets and bluster, teasing them over their communicators.

Cut off from help, the pair’s only chance of survival is to somehow find and eliminate the unseen gunman before it’s too late.

The movie opens March 10, 2017.

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First Look: John Cena Tackles The Wall for "Bourne" Director Doug Liman

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — WWE superstar-turned Trainwreck scene-stealer John Cena is shown in a new light in a war-set thriller called The Wall.

Cena stars alongside Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the film, directed by Doug Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow

The movie finds Cena and Taylor-Johnson playing a U.S. military sniper-spotter team, who are both shot and injured by an unseen sniper. While the pair bleeds — Cena’s character out in the open, and Taylor-Johnson’s protected only by a crumbling brick wall — the enemy sharpshooter harasses them both with bullets and bluster, teasing them over their communicators.

Cut off from help, the pair’s only chance of survival is to somehow find and eliminate the unseen gunman before it’s too late.

The movie opens March 10, 2017.

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First Look: John Cena Tackles The Wall for "Bourne" Director Doug Liman

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — WWE superstar-turned Trainwreck scene-stealer John Cena is shown in a new light in a war-set thriller called The Wall.

Cena stars alongside Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the film, directed by Doug Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow

The movie finds Cena and Taylor-Johnson playing a U.S. military sniper-spotter team, who are both shot and injured by an unseen sniper. While the pair bleeds — Cena’s character out in the open, and Taylor-Johnson’s protected only by a crumbling brick wall — the enemy sharpshooter harasses them both with bullets and bluster, teasing them over their communicators.

Cut off from help, the pair’s only chance of survival is to somehow find and eliminate the unseen gunman before it’s too late.

The movie opens March 10, 2017.

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ABC News Plays "What If" with "The Walking Dead" Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Gene Page/AMCNegan broke a lot of hearts — and two heads — at the beginning of this season’s The Walking Dead when he killed two of Rick Grimes’ gang.  The guy is pretty ruthless, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the new villain, doesn’t see it that way.

ABC News spoke to the actor and asked him some fun “What If” scenarios, including what The Walking Dead would have looked like if it had followed Negan — and not Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes. 

“That’s easy: Then he’d be our hero, and no one would be angry at Negan,” Morgan said, grinning. “What a guy! Look at how he keeps everyone alive.”

Imagining what viewers would say about Negan in that scenario, Morgan added, “He’s so funny, and sweet. Love his baseball bat!”

Morgan also was asked which one of The Walking Dead’s villains he’d love to see do battle with his character, and David Morrissey’s The Governor topped his list.

“There’s no one who’s gonna take Negan at this point…But the only guy who kinda comes close is Morrissey’s Governor, so to see them go head-to-head would be an awesome time.”

Morgan played Bruce Wayne’s doomed dad Thomas in a Batman v. Superman flashback — opposite his onscreen wife Lauren Cohan, incidentally Walking Dead‘s Maggie, whose husband Negan (SPOILER ALERT) killed in the season premiere.  

The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead airs Sunday night, December 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. 

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Candace Cameron Bure Announces Her Exit from "The View"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Candace Cameron Bure is the latest co-host to leave ABC’s The View.

Bure announced the news during the opening segment on Wednesday’s show, explaining the decision was bittersweet, but one she needed to make.

“I’m very happy to be back,” Bure, who’d taken a hiatus from the show, told her co-hosts and the audience. “But it’s a little bittersweet today for me because I’m announcing that I’m leaving The View.” 

Bure, who joined the talk show in 2015, explained that her family and new commitments, such as her role in the Netflix series Fuller House and her appearances on the Hallmark Channel, are the reasons for her departure.

“Because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows, and the commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well,” the actress said. “And I want to make sure that I am able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent.”

Bure added, “So, I thank everybody. Whoopi, Joy, I particularly want to thank you for welcoming me to this table.”

With her departure, The View is down to six co-hosts from the eight with which it began its 20th season. In October, Raven-Symoné announced she would leave the show at the end of 2016 to work on a spinoff of her popular Disney series, That’s So Raven.

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Candace Cameron Bure Announces Her Exit from "The View"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Candace Cameron Bure is the latest co-host to leave ABC’s The View.

Bure announced the news during the opening segment on Wednesday’s show, explaining the decision was bittersweet, but one she needed to make.

“I’m very happy to be back,” Bure, who’d taken a hiatus from the show, told her co-hosts and the audience. “But it’s a little bittersweet today for me because I’m announcing that I’m leaving The View.” 

Bure, who joined the talk show in 2015, explained that her family and new commitments, such as her role in the Netflix series Fuller House and her appearances on the Hallmark Channel, are the reasons for her departure.

“Because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows, and the commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well,” the actress said. “And I want to make sure that I am able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent.”

Bure added, “So, I thank everybody. Whoopi, Joy, I particularly want to thank you for welcoming me to this table.”

With her departure, The View is down to six co-hosts from the eight with which it began its 20th season. In October, Raven-Symoné announced she would leave the show at the end of 2016 to work on a spinoff of her popular Disney series, That’s So Raven.

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Mick Jagger’s a Dad for the 8th Time

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Dave J Hogan/Courtesy of JA Digital and Eagle Rock Film Productions (NEW YORK) — In July, news broke that Mick Jagger was expecting a baby with his 29-year-old American girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick. Now, the new baby has arrived — and it’s a boy.

A statement provided to ABC News by The Rolling Stones’ rep says, “Melanie Hamrick & Mick Jagger’s son was born today in New York and they are both delighted. Mick was at the hospital for the arrival. Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”​

The baby is the 73-year-old rock legend’s eighth child: he has four with Jerry Hall, one with Marsha Hunt, one with his ex-wife Bianca Jagger and one with Luciana Gimenez Morad. Jagger also has five grandchildren, and in 2014, he became a great-grandfather when his daughter Jade’s daughter Assisi welcomed a daughter of her own.

The Rolling Stones frontman had a longtime relationship with designer L’Wren Scott from 2001 until 2014, when she took her own life. The couple had no children.

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Dancer Brian Tanaka Opens Up About His ‘Love’ for Mariah Carey

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Carey cozied up with her backup dancer last month in Hawaii.

Dancer Brian Tanaka Opens Up About His ‘Love’ for Mariah Carey

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Carey cozied up with her backup dancer last month in Hawaii.

Rolling Stones Frontman Mick Jagger Welcomes 8th Child

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Congrats Mick!

Tom Hanks Is a Grandfather Again, Thanks to Son Chet Hanks

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Hanks’ son Chet confirmed the birth of his daughter on Instagram.

Sun’s Out, Guns Out: Highlights From 1st ‘Baywatch’ Trailer

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and more!

Suns Out, Guns Out: Highlights From 1st ‘Baywatch’ Trailer

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and more!

Tom Hanks Is a Grandfather Again Thanks to Son Chet Hanks

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Hanks’ son Chet confirmed the birth of his daughter on Instagram.

Tom Hanks Is a Grandfather Again Thanks to Son Chet Hanks

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Hanks’ son Chet confirmed the birth of his daughter on Instagram.

First Look: The Rock, Zac Efron Take on "Baywatch"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — A new teaser for the reboot of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, has just made a splash online

The movie has The Rock playing Mitch Buchannon — the role once played by David Hasselhoff in the series of the same name. A buff, by-the-books lifeguard, Johnson’s character butts heads with a brash new recruit, played by a pumped-up Zac Efron. The pair uncover a local criminal plot fronted by none other than Priyanka Chopra’s character — who is barely seen in this sneak peek.   

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, who played Johnson’s dad in San Andreas, as well as Kelly Rohrbach — who’s described as looking as if, “she’s always running in slo-mo.”

Jon Bass and Hannibal Buress also star in the action comedy, set to hit theaters May 26.

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First Look: The Rock, Zac Efron Take on "Baywatch"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — A new teaser for the reboot of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, has just made a splash online

The movie has The Rock playing Mitch Buchannon — the role once played by David Hasselhoff in the series of the same name. A buff, by-the-books lifeguard, Johnson’s character butts heads with a brash new recruit, played by a pumped-up Zac Efron. The pair uncover a local criminal plot fronted by none other than Priyanka Chopra’s character — who is barely seen in this sneak peek.   

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, who played Johnson’s dad in San Andreas, as well as Kelly Rohrbach — who’s described as looking as if, “she’s always running in slo-mo.”

Jon Bass and Hannibal Buress also star in the action comedy, set to hit theaters May 26.

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First Look: The Rock, Zac Efron Hit the Beach in "Baywatch"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — A new teaser for the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, has just made a splash online

The movie has The Rock playing Mitch Buchannon — the role once played by David Hasselhoff in the series of the same name. A buff, by-the-books lifeguard, Johnson’s character butts heads with a brash new recruit, played by a pumped-up Zac Efron. The pair uncover a local criminal plot fronted by Quantico star Priyanka Chopra’s character, though she’s barely seen in this sneak peek.   

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, who played Johnson’s daughter in San Andreas, as well as Kelly Rohrbach who, in a nod to the TV show, is described as looking as if “she’s always running in slo-mo.”

Jon Bass and Hannibal Buress also star in the action comedy, set to hit theaters May 26.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

First Look: The Rock, Zac Efron Hit the Beach in "Baywatch"

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — A new teaser for the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, has just made a splash online

The movie has The Rock playing Mitch Buchannon — the role once played by David Hasselhoff in the series of the same name. A buff, by-the-books lifeguard, Johnson’s character butts heads with a brash new recruit, played by a pumped-up Zac Efron. The pair uncover a local criminal plot fronted by Quantico star Priyanka Chopra’s character, though she’s barely seen in this sneak peek.   

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, who played Johnson’s daughter in San Andreas, as well as Kelly Rohrbach who, in a nod to the TV show, is described as looking as if “she’s always running in slo-mo.”

Jon Bass and Hannibal Buress also star in the action comedy, set to hit theaters May 26.

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Edward Norton Shares Charming Will Smith Stories From ‘Collateral Beauty’

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

“Collateral Beauty” hits theaters Dec. 16.

Edward Norton Shares Charming Will Smith Stories From ‘Collateral Beauty’

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

“Collateral Beauty” hits theaters Dec. 16.

Yoko Ono Tweets ‘Still Miss Him’ on Anniversary of Lennon’s Murder

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The iconic musician died 36 years ago today.

Yoko Ono Tweets ‘Still Miss Him’ on Anniversary of Lennon’s Murder

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The iconic musician died 36 years ago today.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Imagines ‘The Walking Dead’ With Negan as Hero

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Jeffrey Dean Morgan explains his vision for a show around his character.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Imagines ‘The Walking Dead’ With Negan as Hero

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Jeffrey Dean Morgan explains his vision for a show around his character.