JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Funny or Die has made a Donald Trump biopic based on his 1987 book The Art of the Deal, and it stars Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp as the presidential candidate.
The 50-minute video is streaming now on the site, and Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay, who is also nominated for an Oscar for best director this year for The Big Short, spoke to The New York Times about how the cast and crew were able to film this movie without anyone knowing.
"It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off," McKay told the paper.
Ron Howard narrates the grainy film, shot as if it takes place in the 1980s, when Trump's book first hit store shelves. Depp was able to film the movie over a few days this past December, The New York Times notes.
This movie comes on the heels of Trump's big win at the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary Tuesday night.
Fantasia with contestant Jordan Sasser; Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- The Top 24 have been chosen, and on Wednesday night's one-hour edition of American Idol, it was time for them to show judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez that they are here to stay.
Each contestant performed a solo song of their choosing in front of the judges and an intimate crowd at the Vibiana in Los Angeles. Thursday night, they’ll be paired up with Idol favorites, including Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Nick Fradiani, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery.
Here are Wednesday’s highlights:
Stephany Negrete kicked things off with Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best.” Keith praised the song choice, but thought she could’ve loosened up a little more. Jennifer said Stephany had the “full package” to be a pop star -- voice, looks and stage presence, but felt she could’ve been a little more connected to the song. Harry agreed, noting that “something was missing,” although he still thought it was a strong performance.
Next up was Mackenzie Bourg with Great Big World’s “Say Something.” Lopez said Bourg looked natural, noting that he “did what Mackenzie does.” Connick enjoyed the performance, in particular that Mackenzie changed the melody, but kept the integrity of the song. Urban added that it sounded like a song Bourg could’ve written himself.
Multi-instrumentalist Jeneve Rose Mitchell played the harp this time as she sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” Harry thought she did a disservice to herself by playing the harp on this song because it hindered her vocal performance. Keith called Jeneve “the real deal,” noting that playing the harp standing up as she did was not easy. Jennifer admitted she wasn’t sure about Jeneve at first, but “had goosies everywhere” after the performance.
Country singer Jenna Renae chose “My Church” by Maren Morris for her solo performance. Urban loved the song choice, but was still curious to hear “other sides” of her. J-Lo thought Jenna sounded like she was in her element, displaying a joy in her singing she hadn’t seen before. Harry liked the energy and enthusiasm, but warned that there is a fine line between singing with enthusiasm and shouting, and her pitch suffered because of it.
James VIII‘s version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” was a hit with the studio audience, who booed Jennifer when she said the song didn’t grab her or the crowd the way it could have. Harry agreed with J-Lo, noting that the tune was “super easy,” which was fine, but he wondered when it was going to become “more complex.” Keith warned James to be careful choosing between “being chill and being indulgent.”
Sonika Vaid performed “Safe and Sound,” by Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars. Harry said it was one of the more emotional performances of the night. Lopez complimented the singer for having a “beautiful voice,” but suggested Sonika choose songs that aren’t only suited to her voice, but make her “feel something” as well.
Gianna Isabella, daughter of dance diva Brenda K. Starr, slayed with her delivery of Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put a Spell on You.” Urban declared that Gianna’s voice is “undeniable.” However, he also noted that while she had moments of owning the stage, the performance was a little inconsistent. Harry said Gianna was a student of American Idol and pleased the crowd with “big, loud notes in the right places,” but urged her to challenge herself and find as much “meat” in her performance as she can.
Emily Brooke belted out Cassadee Pope’s “I Am Invincible” -- a poor choice in the judges’ opinions. Jennifer didn’t think the song played to Brooke’s vocal strengths. Harry added that he didn’t think Emily “sold” the lyrics, noting that he’d never seen her struggle with her pitch as much as she did on Wednesday. Keith agreed, but was a little kinder, praising Emily for “exploring” and searching for more of her artistry.
A makeup-less, dressed-down Avalon Young performed “Love Yourself,” by Justin Bieber. Connick praised Young for being “in tune” with who she is, adding that it was a strong performance. Urban agreed, but urged her to “take charge” more. Lopez noted that Avalon had the audience in the palm of her hand, and urged her not to be too self-conscious.
Jordan Sasser delivered an overly dramatic performance of Celine Dion’s “All by Myself.” Keith thought the performance was “a little too theatrical,” causing Jordan to lose the emotion of the song. Harry noted Sasser has a great voice, but called Wednesday’s performance "show-offy.”
Thomas Stringfellow was up next with “Creep” by Radiohead. Lopez was impressed with the way he “played” with his voice in a way she hadn’t heard before, adding that his emotion “filled the room.” Harry called it a “tremendous” performance, complimenting him on being “aware of the words.” Keith was also impressed with Thomas’ tendency to “lean into abandonment,” urging him never to pull himself out of that and “let yourself go.”
Closing out Wednesday’s show was La’Porsha Renae, who won the night with her performance of Ike & Tina Turner’s version of “Proud Mary,” dancing around the stage as she did. Connick predicted the performance would push other competitors to get better or make them quit. Urban praised La’Porsha for not allowing the praise she’s received in the past for her powerful voice “wreck” it for her by becoming too self-conscious of it.
American Idol continues with a two-hour edition on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- It’s been years in the making but fans of Marvel’s incendiary, foul-mouthed anti-hero superhero Deadpool are finally getting a movie, and it’s the movie they’ve always wanted.
Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a mercenary with a heart of mold. There’s nothing sentimental about him. He hangs out at a bar with other mercenaries and hit men, run by a guy named Weasel (T.J. Miller). Miller is the yin to Reynolds’… yin. They’re a ferocious comedy duo that must have supplied the editor with enough improvised material for a 10-episode series on Netflix. But I digress.
Weasel runs a “dead pool” – that is, a betting pool with odds on which one of his patrons is likely to die next. Weasel, a funny guy but a terrible person, bets on his best buddy when Wade learns he has terminal cancer. Then some shady organization offers Wade a cure. It works, but it disfigures him. That’s the bad news. The good news is he’s also developed incredible regenerative healing powers and strength. Meet Deadpool.
But before he becomes Deadpool, Wade meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), who shares his wit and values. Like Wade and Weasel, that makes her a terrible person, and a terribly entertaining character. Wade and Vanessa fall hard for each other and in the process we’re treated to a delightful and gut-bustingly funny montage of love scenes that, I’m guessing, took days to shoot.
Reynolds, as Deadpool, defies pretty much every superhero movie convention. He points out “superhero landings” made by characters, references the legal reason there aren’t more X-Men in the movie, constantly talks to the audience, and is self-deprecating in way I’ve never seen before. And that’s just skimming the surface.
Ed Skrein, star of the recent The Transporter reboot, is in his element as the stereotypical British bad guy, while Leslie Uggams, as Blind Al, is the best superhero roommate any superhero movie has ever known.
There’s no doubt fans are going to flip for Deadpool, but it’s not perfect. Reynolds and company get overzealous with breaking down the fourth wall and disparaging superhero movies, and realistically, it’s impossible to keep up the hilarious, breakneck pace the film establishes in the first 20 minutes.
Even so, groovy non-linear story-telling and Reynolds’ frenetic energy and comedic timing will keep the most superficial fans entertained. Deadpool is subversive fun and a likely blockbuster.
James Glader(NEW YORK) -- With the loss of so many prominent musicians in the past few months, there are bound to be plenty of tributes at this Monday night's Grammy awards. We already know about a tribute planned for David Bowie, and now Billboard reports one has been lined up for Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died January 18.
Billboard reports Eagles founding members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon will perform, along with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bass player Timothy B. Schmit.
In addition, the band's close friend Jackson Browne, who co-wrote "Take It Easy," will join the tribute. In their pre-fame years, Browne and Frey were roommates, and Billboard notes that Frey has said he learned how to write songs by observing Browne.
Image courtesy FOX(FLINT, Mich.) -- Last month, Jada Pinkett Smith was thrust into the international spotlight after criticizing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its lack of diversity. This month, she’s lending her name to another cause that has been the focal point of national outrage: the lead water poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan.
On Wednesday, the Gotham actress tweeted a photo of herself and others alongside Flint MayorKaren Weaver. Smith aid they were together “to discuss long-term support to help the residents of her city.”
Smith previously has lent her name and voice to social causes, most notably when she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about human trafficking in 2012.
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Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samuel L. Jackson said he'll always remember an incident that happened when his career really started to take off in Hollywood.
In Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue, the 67-year-old star described the incident that occurred while he was doing a play in Santa Monica during a six-week break from filming Pulp Fiction.
"One night, after the play, I went with some friends to a restaurant down the street, Hugo’s. When we were done, we walked outside and stood on the corner for a while, just talking. All of a sudden, five sheriff's cars screeched up. The policemen surrounded us, guns pointed, lights in our face: 'Get on the ground!'" he recalled.
He continued, "There we were, lying face-down in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard. I finally said to the cops, 'Why are you doing this?' One of them said, 'Oh, we got a report of five black guys standing on the corner with guns and bats.' I said, 'So when you pulled up and didn’t see a bat -- I mean, maybe we could’ve had a gun concealed on us, but you didn’t see anything that looked like a bat. Whatever.'"
Jackson said the lesson he learned that day is one he still carries with him.
"I was thinking to myself, I’m in Hollywood now, on the verge of breaking through, and this is still going on," he said. "It kind of put my feet back on the ground in terms of 'O.K., you’re still just another n***** working in town, so you still got to walk softly.' And I still do. Just an object lesson for life in L.A."
Quantrell D. Colbert/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In one of the greatest Family Feud fails ever, contestant Sheila Patterson's responses have gone viral online, with more than 1.3 million views as she struggles to come up with other ways to say “mother.”
She continues to repeat answers already provided by her siblings, eventually driving host Steve Harvey to laughter, dancing and comedic frustration.
Wednesday on Good Morning America, Patterson explained what was going through her mind in that nerve-wracking moment.
“What had happened was, I had a moment there and I really think my nerves got the best of me. It just really got the best of me,” Sheila, who’s from the St. Louis area, told ABC News. “There were a couple of questions, answers that I had already prepared, but those answers were already given, so basically, my nerves just got the best of me trying to come up with something else.”
Her brother, Samuel Patterson, was just happy the question didn’t get turned over to him.
“I tell you, I was just thinking the whole time, ‘Man, I hope this question doesn’t come to me because I didn’t have another answer,’” he joked. “But I had thought about the play, and I said, ‘Well, it looks like it’ll never get to me anyway,’ but I was hoping it wouldn’t come to me.”
Social media users are anxious to learn the other two phrases for “mother,” but the Pattersons can’t reveal the answers. Everyone will have to watch Family Feud Feb. 23 to find out.
HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- To Kill a Mockingbird is coming to Broadway.
Author Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel about a young girl’s summer in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, her noble attorney father, Atticus Finch, and a racially-charged rape trial, will be adapted for Broadway for the first time by Tony award-winning producer Scott Rudin, The New York Times reports.
Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote the adapted screenplay for Steve Jobs and is best-known to most for creating TV’s The West Wing, will write the screenplay.
To Kill a Mockingbird was made into an Academy Award-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck. The stage version is scheduled to premiere during the 2017-2018 Broadway season.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Malcolm-Jamal Warner; Frank Micelotta/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- Tuesday night's episode of the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recreated the former football star's famous slow-speed Bronco chase from two decades ago.
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson in the series, and he tells ABC Radio that filming those scenes was really emotional for him. He recalls that he wondered, "What the hell did I do to deserve to be here right now, sticking that gun in my mouth, take after take?"
Malcolm-Jamal Warner co-stars as Simpson friend and Bronco driver A.C. Cowlings. He says that because things were so tense during filming, Gooding Jr. would try to break things up between takes.
"He decides he's going to take his pants off, jump out of the truck, and run around the truck with the gun in his hand, with his hands like, I did it, I did it, I did it," Warner shares.
To film the scenes, an L.A. freeway was shut down for a weekend.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on FX.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- The first faithful version of the R-rated comic book series Deadpool hits theaters Friday. The movie, which starsRyan Reynolds as the motor-mouthed mercenary Wade Wilson, who is left with superhuman healing powers after a secret government experiment, has had a long road to theaters.
Wilson/Deadpool was first seen in theaters in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Reynolds playing a version of the character so dissimilar to the source material that some fans went full-on nerd rage. However, Reynolds wasn't to blame, and he made no secret of his desire to someday bring an accurate version of the "Merc with the Mouth" to a theater near you.
What it took to bring Deadpool to the big screen was what the cheeky character himself would undoubtedly toss as a double-entendre: fishy leaks.
"We developed the script six years ago," Reynolds told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. "It leaked online, and Deadpool fans went nuts for it...So the studio granted us a small amount of money to make some test footage...[which] then sat on the shelf for four years...And just under two years ago, it accidentally leaked onto the Internet."
"'Accidentally,'" a suspicious Fallon interjected.
Reynolds explained that enthusiastic reaction to the footage "overwhelmed" 20th Century Fox, basically forcing the studio to greenlight the movie.
"I know that one of us did it...There's me, [screenwriters] Rhett Reiss, Paul Warnick and Tim Miller, the director. One of us did it. We all sort of said, 'Someone should leak it! Someone should leak it!,'" before admitting, "I'm 70 percent sure it wasn't me."
Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Leslie Uggams and T.J. Miller.Response to the R-rated action comedy has been so positive that a sequel has just been announced.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The official trailer for Fuller House is reminding everyone that family is forever.
Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the upcoming Full House revival. The first official trailer for the Netflix original show was also revealed.
The trailer shows Cameron Bure, Sweetin and Barber as their Full House characters D.J. Tanner -- now D.J. Tanner-Fuller -- Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibler, respectively. The women are joined by former cast members John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone, and Lori Loughlin as Becky Katsopolis. They're all helping D.J. raise her three sons.
Some of the most memorable phrases from the original series are brought back in the trailer, including Stephanie Tanner's go-to line "How rude," and Uncle Joey's classic phrase "Cut it out."
The Fuller House stars revealed to DeGeneres that even after all these years, the cast is still close.
"We do keep in touch," Barber said. "We have a group chat among the cast."
While Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner, will not appear in the upcoming Fuller House episodes, Cameron Bure said the Olsens would be welcomed with open arms for a guest appearance if the show gets picked up for a second season.
"The door's open if they want to," Cameron Bure said.
Fuller House will air on Netflix on February 26, 2016.
ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is showing no signs of slowing down.
Even though her daily duties a ringleader of ABC’s chat fest The View could be enough for the average 60-year-old funnywoman, Goldberg is set to return to her theater roots with a performance of the internationally acclaimed Nassim Soleimanpour play White Rabbit Red Rabbit.
For the play, the Ghost actress will perform one night only with no rehearsal, no director and no set. For each performance, an actor is handed a script for the first time as they step onto stage.
Soleimanpour is a young Iranian playwright who found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not leave his country. The theatrical piece -- in which no audience can see the same show twice -- blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of the arts.
The play had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award, followed by presentations at Summerworks and Dublin Fringe Festival
A very short list of actors and actresses are set to step up to the plate. According to a representative for the production, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Brian Dennehy, Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming and George Takei are some of the performers on board to do the show.
Goldberg’s performance is March 7.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit will be performed on Monday nights at New York City’s West Side Theater.
Michael Becker/FX Networks(NEW YORK) -- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has set a record for cable's FX channel.
The series debut was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX history. It drew a total of 12 million viewers, including on-demand and DVR viewings three days after its February 2 debut.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson, based on the 1995 murder trial of the former football great, stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and Sarah Paulson as proscutor Marcia Clark.