ABC/Fred Lee(BUDAPEST) -- As part of one of the Charity site Omaze's donor experiences, Ryan Gosling is giving fans the chance to visit the Budapest set of the new Blade Runner, film, have lunch with him, and meet his co-star,Harrison Ford. And if that weren't enough? How about an opportunity to tool around in Gosling's golf cart?
The top prize also includes airfare and four-star hotel accommodations.
Every donation, starting at a minimum of $10, benefits the Enough Project's fight against genocide and crimes against humanity in the Congo.
Promo image courtesy Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- A comic book writer has confirmed what loyal Wonder Woman fans have long suspected -- the superhero is bisexual.
Current Wonder Woman comic writer Greg Rucka confirmed speculation in an interview with Comicosity, but stresses that defining the Amazon Princess' sexuality is tricky, given her origins on the female-only island of Themyscira.
"It’s supposed to be paradise," Rucka explains. "You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women."
"But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist," he continues. "Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola [Scott, Rucka's artist and collaborator] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes."
Don't expect Wonder Woman to make some big proclamation about her sexuality, though. "For my purposes, that’s bad writing," notes Rucka, adding, "We want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing. We want to show, not tell."
Rucka has been working on a couple of Wonder Woman stories, including her origin story. Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year, and a stand-alone film starring Gal Gadot is due out next year.
Amanda Knox; Image courtesy Netflix(NEW YORK) -- A new documentary on Amanda Knox premieres today on Netflix.
The film, simply titled Amanda Knox, explores the 2007 murder of Knox's roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, while the two were studying in Italy. Knox was twice convicted and twice acquitted in the case.
Her boyfriend at the time of the murder, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted and eventually acquitted in the case.
Knox cooperated with the making of the documentary, which was directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn.
Blackhurst says they initially approached Knox after her first acquittal.
"It wasn't until two years later she decided she wanted to talk to us," he shares with ABC Radio. "Back in 2011 she said she wasn't ready and she didn't want to let a documentary be made with her participating in it."
McGinn says Knox was a fascinating subject because "she'd been defined as this sexual creature, as this, you know, these headlines had labeled her as a she-devil or as any of these names that had been applied to her."
Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”; Jay Maidment/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:
* Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -- In Tim Burton's latest flick, a boy named Jake discovers a refuge for kids with strange abilities. Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film, which is based on the novel of the same name. Rated PG-13.
* Deepwater Horizon -- The Peter Berg-directed drama depicts the 2010 explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien and Kate Hudson star. Rated PG-13.
* Masterminds -- Zach Galifianakis is an armored car driver who's set up by a group of criminals who use him to rob millions of dollars. Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones also star. Rated PG-13.
* Queen of Katwe -- The drama is a true story of a young girl in rural Uganda who becomes a chess champion. David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga star. Rated PG.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to The Tonight Show on Thursday, and Biden didn't mince words when it came to assessing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's performance at the first presidential debates.
"What amazes me about Donald Trump...is his lack of sensibility," Biden noted. "I mean, the way he talks about, 'Well you know, I was rooting for the housing market to fail'...because that's business. That's not business. That's callous...or that, 'I paid no takes and that makes me smart.'"
Added Biden, "What does that make the rest of us, suckers?"
As for Trump's foreign policy, Biden warned, "I don't even think he understands how much damage he does by what he's already said...Europe...especially Central and Eastern Europe is scared to death about what [Russian president Vladimir] Putin may or may not do."
"There's hope...he found out Crimea is part of Ukraine, he joked.
Not surprisingly, the vice president had praise for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he called "one of the brightest people I've ever known." He defended her unpopularity with some voters by insisting that "everybody...wants the ideal candidate."
"I learned how to become the ideal candidate," noted Biden: "Announce you're not running for president." Biden was briefly the subject of a campaign to convince him to seek the Democratic nomination, even after he announced he wouldn't.
Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”; Jay Maidment/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- I don’t know whose idea it was to have director Tim Burton adapt Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I do know I’d like to buy that person a drink. The idea was like matching Burton with Johnny Depp. Perfect.
Asa Butterfield stars as Jake, an ordinary – maybe less than ordinary – teenager living in South Florida, whose grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp), is killed. Everybody else thinks Abe died of natural cause, but Jake, who witnessed Abe’s death, saw a monster not far from where he found his grandfather, though nobody believes him. Furthermore, before Abe passes, he utters some sort of riddle to Jake about an island, a loop, a bird and 1943. I won’t give you the direct quote because it’s best to hear the amazing Mr. Stamp say it.
Abe’s death hits Jake hard – he was closer to his grandfather than he is to his own father. Abe would spend countless hours regaling Jake with stories of his own childhood, one spent on a British island in a special home run by a Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). Jake’s therapist (Allison Janney) suggests Jake’s family take him to the island where Miss Peregrine’s home supposedly is. When they get there, Jake learns the home was destroyed by a Nazi bomber in 1943. And that’s when the children of Miss Peregrine’s home discover Jake.
The children, led by Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), were sent to the future by Miss Peregrine to bring back Jake. As it turns out, Miss Peregrine is what’s known as an Ymbryne, a woman who can create time loops – making the same day recur over and over – for the sole purpose of protecting “peculiar” children, who are a lot like the mutants we’ve become accustomed to from the X-Men series.
Instead of “mutant powers,” these kids have “peculiarities.” For instance, Emma is light as air. One of the little girls is as strong as ten men, while another has a mouth in the back of her head. There’s an invisible boy, another who has bees in his body, and another who can project his dreams through his eyes, just like a movie projector.
As it happens, Miss Peregrine’s powers, and those of every other Ymbryne, are an issue because several former peculiar children, led by Dr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), have been attempting to harness the Ymbrynes' powers to achieve immortality. And some of those former children are now monsters whose only way to survive is by eating human eyeballs. Yummy!
Tim Burton pulls off a neat trick here. The story, which deviates slightly from the book, sticks to a familiar formula, and everything here is derivative of Harry Potter, X-Men, and Hot Tub Time Machine. Ok, it’s not remotely derivative of Hot Tub Time Machine, but it’s clearly derivative of the rest. But even so, this film feels completely original and, most importantly, like a Tim Burton film. It’s gorgeous, it’s creepy, it’s mystical, it’s engrossing and enchanting.
The movie fan in me loves Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The movie critic in me found a few flaws, but forgivable ones.
Mark Wahlberg in “Deepwater Horizon”; Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Deepwater Horizon reunites director Peter Berg with Mark Wahlberg after a successful collaboration on 2013’s Lone Survivor. Wahlberg’s acting continues to improve with age but Lone Survivor, it could be argued then, may have been his best performance to date. Berg, an actor himself, is terrific at capturing special performances. And Wahlberg is pretty special here.
Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, an engineer on the Deepwater Horizon, the offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 rig workers and causing the worst oil spill in U.S. History. But it’s the characters, not the action, that win us over here.
Wahlberg’s turned his cloying earnestness into a real strength, and immediately wins points when we see Mike on shore bonding with his young daughter, Sydney (Stella Allen), and his wife, Felicia, played by Kate Hudson. Their love is palpable. Berg excels at building relationships and making characters three-dimensional, and it works here not only with Wahlberg’s character, but with virtually everybody who walks on screen. That includes Kurt Russell, who plays Jimmy Harrell, the rig’s captain, to everybody from oil company BP, who puts pressure on Harrell to pump oil from a well that’s unstable at best, which leads to the catastrophe.
There’s conflict in almost every moment of this movie, which speaks not only to Berg and his cast, but also the brilliant screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand. Berg turns the story of the Deepwater Horizon into a nail-biting thriller, while balancing the humanity of a tragic event in an evocative and cathartic way.
Courtesy of Gaga/NFL/Pepsi(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is headed back to the Super Bowl, this time as the headliner of the halftime show.
The pop star and the NFL confirmed Thursday night that she will perform during the halftime show of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. The big game will be broadcast on Fox.
Gaga, referring to her new single "Perfect Illusion," tweeted, "It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!"
She'll appear on the Fox NFL Sunday Pregame Show this Sunday to discuss the gig.
Gaga sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, last February. Coldplay, joined by Beyonce and Bruno Mars, took the halftime stage during that game.
Gaga is scheduled to release her new album, Joanne, on October 21.
Photo: David Lee(NEW YORK) -- Director Peter Berg's new drama Deepwater Horizon tests the box office waters Friday. Critical reaction to the film that depicts the lives of those who lived and worked -- and the 11 who died -- aboard the doomed BP oil rig has been positive.
For the stars of the film, including Mark Wahlberg, who portrays Mike Williams, the last person to evacuate the rig, and Kate Hudson, who plays his wife Felicia, the best reviews they've gotten have been from those who were really there during the 2010 disaster, and their families who anxiously awaited news of the fate of their loved ones.
Hudson told Good Morning America that cast and crew felt the added pressure of telling a true story. “You have this sort of extra, added thing in the back of your head...There’s no carelessness going into making a film like that when you know that the families are watching.”
Hudson told GMA After Hours that, "seeing the families' reaction to it has been a very, very special thing to be a part of."
For his part, Wahlberg said of Mr. Williams to ABC's Robin Roberts, "He's somebody that I admire for many reasons, but he hates the term 'hero.' He says, 'I was just doing my job, and I was doing what any of my other brothers would have done.' But he's a pretty remarkable guy," adding, "I asked him to come and consult on the movie because we wanted to make it accurate and authentic, and we wanted to make sure he was there to make sure we were getting it right."
Deepwater Horizon also stars John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, and Hudson's real-life stepdad Kurt Russell.
Funko - 2016(NEW YORK) -- As it is every year, next week's New York Comic Con is famous for its exclusive products -- that is, toys and other items that you can only buy there, which in turn causes massive lines of fans waiting to get their hands on them.
This year, however, the company Funko is releasing action figures of four unlikely heroines that will have geeks clamoring: Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sofia. Yes -- the Golden Girls.
The four-day annual nerd mecca, which takes place October 6–9 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, will be the only place to buy the special four-pack, which fans can use to recreate their favorite adventures from the beloved '80s sitcom.
"The response to our Golden Girls products has been wild," Mark Robben, Director of Marketing at Funko, tells ABC Radio. "We almost weren't prepared for the excitement. We created these as a passion project initially, and were blown away when it started trending on social media."
He adds of Golden Girls, "The show was ahead of its time and it clearly resonates today. I expect long lines at NYCC for Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia."
For the record, Funko will also have other exclusives at the event, including new additions to its popular, bobble-headed Pop! series, featuring characters from properties like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World andThe Walking Dead.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- To Bostonians like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is as close to a deity as one can be on this spiritual plane. Now a new charity experience from Omaze.comwill let one lucky fan find out which film star Brady likes more -- which for Pats fans is akin to learning the secret of life itself.
In a video debuting exclusively on Good Morning America Thursday to promote the campaign, Affleck and Damon have an "argument" over which of them the NFL quarterback likes better.
The argument -- conducted over video call -- is interrupted when Brady himself calls in.
The Omaze campaign offers one person and a guest the chance to win a night out in Boston with Brady, Affleck and Damon for as little as $10. The funds raised will support the stars’ individual charity initiatives: Affleck's Eastern Congo Initiative, Damon's Water.org, and Tom Brady's TB12 Foundation.
At the end of the video, Brady invites people to visit Omaze.com/Boston to enter, then adds: “I can’t wait to meet you and tell you which one of these guys I actually like better."
Mariska Hargitay and Vice President Joe Biden on "Law & Order: SVU"; Michael Parmelee/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday night's episode of the NBC drama Law & Order: SVU included a special guest appearance byVice President Joe Biden.
Biden was featured in a scene in which he praised Mariska Hargitay's Lt. Olivia Benson and others at a press conference for addressing the national rape kit backlog.
"My dad used to have an expression. He said, 'The greatest sin any person can commit is the abuse of power.' And the great abuse of power was rape," he began.
"It takes women a long time to heal. When the victim isn't believed, when she goes through the invasive process of having a rape kit put together, and then it's stuck on a shelf somewhere, and then the rape kit is never, ever tested, we fail. We fail her. We fail so many women."
In real life, Biden has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and was honored by Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation in May for his commitment to the issue.
Biden taped his appearance on Law & Order: SVU in July.
Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Gary Glasberg, an executive producer of NCIS and the creator of the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans, died in his sleep Wednesday in Los Angeles, CBS has announced. He was 50.
Glasberg joined NCIS as a co-executive producer and writer in 2009, and became showrunner of the hit drama in 2011. He created NCIS: New Orleans in 2014.
A statement from the NCIS cast and crew reads, "Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day."
Glasberg's other credits included the TV series The Mentalist and Bones.
He is survived by his wife, TV producer and screenwriter Mimi Schmir, their two sons, his father, and his sister.