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Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) -- There’s only one Vacation. OK, there have actually been four theatrically-released Vacation movies and as of now, five.

This reboot stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, who’s grown up to be a pilot for a discount airline. He’s an underachiever in both his professional and personal life.  When Rusty overhears his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), complain to a friend about the vacation cabin they’ve been going to for years in Michigan, he decides it’s time to re-live his own epic family vacation to the theme park Walley World!  And like the 1983 original Vacation movie, they get there via a road trip meant to be an opportunity for family bonding, but which turns out to be the family road trip from hell.  Only funny.

There are a few major differences between the original Griswold trip to Walley World and this updated version -- most notably, this version is dirtier, raunchier and considerably more offensive, if you’re easily offended.  Another difference: Rusty and Debbie have two boys, not a son and a daughter.  In fact, some of the biggest laughs in the movie are derived from the relationship between Griswold sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins).  In this case, it’s younger brother Kevin who constantly bullies his much older and bigger brother.  Kevin’s name-calling and swearing is a bit of a cheap laugh, but it works.

Chris Hemsworth also scores laughs as Rusty’s politically conservative, cattle-loving, comically well-endowed brother-in-law.  Unfortunately, Leslie Mann, as Rusty’s sister, is completely underutilized.

Writer-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (better known as Dr. Lance Sweets from TV’s Bones) and have no fear, which is both a strength and a weakness here. Their desire to push the envelope sometimes feels desperate, and when it doesn’t work it’s just shocking, instead of shocking and funny.  There are a few pedophilia and rape jokes here that just were not necessary.

Helms is fine as well-meaning doofus Rusty but his performance, though solid, isn’t destined to be classic.  True, few performances are, but since Helms is choosing to participate in an update of a classic film, the comparisons to the original are both inevitable and fair.

Vacation isn’t a waste of your time or money, because you will laugh.  You just won’t be talking about it next week -- which says something, since we’ve been talking about the original Vacation for more than 30 years.

Three out of five stars.

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Anthony Behar/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Election season is underway and former Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey wishes she could get in on the jokes sure to come from her old NBC sketch comedy show.

Fey is particularly excited about what the show will say about Donald Trump's presidential candidacy when it returns this fall.

"I think it's one of those things where you're like, 'Oh boy...I wish,'" she said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's Summer TV Press Tour 2015. "I'm sure SNL wish[es] that they were on the air right now."

"Yes, do I feel like next year at this time hopefully you'll be doing a panel with just Darrell Hammond being giving a lifetime achievement award for whatever sketches come away," she said, referring to the comedian known for impersonating Trump on SNL. "I mean it's great for comedy. It's great for comedy."

During her stint on SNL, Fey famously portrayed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Fey was at the event to promote her Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. All 13 episodes are available now on Netflix.

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Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Two stars of the hit Fox series Empire have gotten engaged. Trai Byers popped the question to co-star Grace Gealey, People magazine reports.

Byers plays the eldest son of the Lyon family on Empire, who together run a record label. Gealey portrays the ex-girlfriend of Terrence Howard's label head, Lucious Lyon.

There's no word on when the two started dating, but it looks like Byers has had marriage on the mind for months. In a May interview with Essence magazine, he explained why he keeps in shape for his role onEmpire.

"I work out for two reasons: one, because I'm an actor and two, because I'm somebody's [future] husband. I want to be prepared for the woman God has for me," he said.

Empire season two premieres on Fox September 23.

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James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- After much hype, last Sunday night's premiere episode of E!'s new series, I Am Cait, got off to an okay start.

The reality series, which details how Caitlyn Jenner and her family are handling her transition to a woman, only attracted 2.73 million viewers, according to Deadline.

To put it into perspective, that's only seven percent more than last season's debut of Jenner's previous reality show with her family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, back in March. Also, it was a 35 percent decrease in viewership from the E! special on Jenner's transition, which drew a total of 4.2 million viewers.

I Am Cait airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel are going strong after almost a year and a half of dating.

Klum, 42, wished her man a happy 29th birthday in the best possible way. "I love you my V HAPPY BIRTHDAY," she wrote on Instagram next to a picture of the two smiling.

Klum and Schnabel were linked early last year after they were spotted traveling to Paris together in March, then jet setting to Mexico in April.

The duo look to have been smitten from the very start. The relationship began after Klum broke it off with her former bodyguard turned boyfriend, Martin Kristen, earlier that year.

Klum was previously married to singer Seal, whom she divorced in October 2014. Together, they have three sons.  The Project Runway host also has a daughter, Leni, from a previous relationship, whom Seal adopted in 2009.

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Lifetime(ATLANTA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's body was released to the family's designated funeral home on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, and now we've learned new details about her funeral arrangements. 

A source confirmed to ABC News that she will be laid to rest this Saturday, August 1, at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The burial will be in Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery on Monday August 3 -- the same location where her late mother Whitney Houston is buried.

As previously reported, Bobbi Kristina died Sunday at 22 years old after months of existing in a vegetative state. 

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Geary has played Luke Spencer on General Hospital for nearly three decades. Until Monday, that is, when his final episode on the ABC soap opera aired.

"It is act three, curtain up, and I’m there center stage," he told ABC's Nightline of his new chapter.

Geary, 68, won eight Emmy awards for the role.  He also cemented his place in pop culture history when Luke wed Laura, played by Genie Francis, in the most-watched moment in daytime television history. Now, however, the actor is focused on the future, which includes a move to Amsterdam.

"[I'll] spend the summer on my boat and my bicycle and go back into my languages classes," he said. "I’ve been writing, so I’m going to concentrate on a book."

He's also looking forward to getting back to work. Geary told Nightline that while he's fluent in Dutch, he wants to improve his language skills so that he can audition for a local theater company. His bucket list, he said, includes acting in another language.

"I would like to experience what it’s like to play an American in a Hungarian movie, or play a Hungarian in a Dutch movie," he said. "I think that would be a fascinating experience."

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Fred Lee/ABC(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth on Monday night's season finale, and now the couple is engaged to be married. Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, the reality star admitted she always had her eye on the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut.

"You go through the show and I think they try to confuse you, but the whole time I was like, 'Nope! Still thinking about Shawn,'" Bristowe revealed.

Although the two had to keep their engagement a secret until the finale aired, Booth said he's happy they can now openly plan for their future.

"Right now, we're just so excited to finally be able to hang out and do things in public," he said. "But more importantly, we just want to spend time with our friends and family first and we're gonna do that for the next month -- go to my hometown, go to her hometown -- kind of relax and then figure out the long-term plans."

And no, Bristowe said they haven't even thought about wedding plans just yet. "We're really excited to be engaged and be cute," she added.


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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- "The Bachelorette," Kaitlyn Bristowe, has found love with Shawn Booth.  

She accepted a proposal from the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut on the season finale of the ABC series on Monday night.

The romantic moment came after Kaitlyn spurned Nick Viall, now a runner-up on The Bachelorette for two consecutive seasons.

When Kaitlyn chose Shawn as the winner, she told him, "The truth is you light me up and make me laugh and, most importantly, you allow me to be myself."

"The truth is I never want you to question what we have ever again because I am completely yours," she added.

Shawn popped the question, Kaitlyn said yes, and they enjoyed a nice, long kiss. To make it really official, Kaitlyn awarded Shawn the final rose.

"I feel like the happiest guy in the world!" Shawn announced. "We're in love," Kaitlyn chimed in.

On the After the Final Rose special that followed the finale, Kaitlyn said she felt as if it was Christmas morning, because she could finally go public with her relationship with Shawn. Their immediate plans: just "living life" out in the open, together.

The proposal brightened Kaitlyn's mood after a tense breakup with Nick, with whom she'd famously had sex in Dublin, Ireland. She said to him, "I want to find something that has gone wrong and the only explanation that I have is my heart is just with somebody else."

Kaitlyn emphasized that she didn't regret any of the moments they'd shared during the season, but Nick, a 34-year-old software sales executive from Chicago who joined the competition a few weeks in, wasn't buying it.  "You took things from me," he declared.

Furthermore, he argued, "It's not fair for you to tell me that what I feel, you feel the same. 'Cause you don't. If you did, you'd have a ring on your finger right now."

As he departed in a limo, Nick dramatically put the engagement ring back into its box and tossed it aside. "I'm the world's biggest joke," he said to himself.

The whole scene called to mind last year's After the Final Rose special, when Nick upset then-"Bachelorette"Andi Dorfman by asking her how she could sleep with him when she knew she wasn’t in love with him.

The season finale began with Kaitlyn, a 30-year-old dance instructor from Vancouver, introducing both men to her family in Los Angeles. Her mother, father, stepmother, stepfather and sister first met with Nick.

Kaitlyn told them beforehand that she'd slept with Nick in Dublin, which could have made the meeting incredibly awkward, but that turned out not to be the case.

Kaitlyn's mom was surprised that Nick was in the picture, and she didn't have a flattering opinion of him, based on his previous appearance on The Bachelorette. During a private moment with him, she said that he had come off as "possessive" and "jealous" during that season.

However, Nick won Mom over by explaining how he'd formed an emotional connection with Kaitlyn from the beginning, and was in love with her. Because he'd shown such emotion while expressing his feelings for Kaitlyn, her mom changed her mind about him and gave him her blessing -- as did Kaitlyn's dad in a later conversation.

Kaitlyn's mom had Nick on the brain when it was Shawn's turn to be grilled by the family. She was concerned with Shawn's jealousy over Kaitlyn's relationship with Nick, as well as the fact that Kaitlyn had told him about her night in Dublin with Nick.

Shawn replied that he had a solid relationship with Kaitlyn, one that would only strengthen if and when their romance becomes exclusive.

Kaitlyn's mom and dad gave Shawn permission to propose to their daughter.

Following the meet-and-greets, Kaitlyn had her final one-on-one dates with the men. She enjoyed a romantic boat ride with Nick, after which he presented her with a gift: a framed photo of their first date, accompanied by a sweet message describing his feelings for her.  

Kaitlyn's date with Shawn was set at a winery. Both seemed to be uncomfortable around one another. "I just want to be normal with you, but....," Kaitlyn said, eventually explaining that she had a lot to ponder, considering she would receive a proposal the next day.

Shawn's insecurity emerged again, admitting he'd been wondering what she'd been up to with Nick on the other date.

"I wasn't nervous at all coming into today. I was excited to see her. I knew 100 percent I was going to propose to her tomorrow," Shawn told the cameras. "But now after talking to her I don't know anymore because I'm starting to get a pit in my stomach and I don't know if she's having doubts about me."

The conversation warmed up once they left the winery. When Kaitlyn asked him what he saw in their future if they were to get married, Shawn gushed, "It would be amazing...It will never not be fun with you."

Like Nick, Shawn gave Kaitlyn a gift: a jar filled with notes and other memories of their romance.

The next day, Kaitlyn and Shawn got engaged, and Nick was sent on his way.

After the Final Rose served as a platform to unveil Kaitlyn and Shawn as an engaged couple. But it also featured Nick, giving Shawn and him an opportunity to discuss their differences. Shawn conceded that they didn't "click at all," because he "just had a bad feeling" about his rival.

Was Shawn jealous of Nick, though? Shawn didn't seem to think so. He implied that he was just a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.

Kaitlyn spoke with Nick on After the Final Rose, too. She again tried to explain why she rejected him: "No love that I had was as strong as the one that I had for Shawn."

Nick lamented the fact that he was eliminated only after he picked out a ring and worked on his proposal, though he didn't think Kaitlyn intentionally hurt him by waiting so long to break the news to him.

Though The Bachelorette season has ended, it won't be long before you'll be able to get your fix of the dating franchise again: Bachelor in Paradise premieres next Sunday night on ABC. It features some of the guys who appeared on The Bachelorette this summer.

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Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Producer and star Tom Cruise, plus Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, and the other stars ofMission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation hit the red carpet at the movie's New York City premiere Monday night. 

"It's such a fun character," says Cruise, who will be seen as super-spy Ethan Hunt for the fifth time when the movie hits theaters Friday. "As a producer, it's a blast working on it.  We just finished the movie last Saturday at two o'clock, so even finishing the movie was a mission  impossible. It was just a nail-biter."

Simon Pegg, who plays computer geek-turned field agent Benji Dunn in his third Mission movie, said, "It's always great fun working with Tom, you know, he's such a good boss. He...leads from the top down. He keeps everything fun." 

Fun was on the mind of Jeremy Renner -- the Avengers alum reprises his Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocolrole of Agent William Brant. "You get these guys together -- a lot gets done, and not a lot gets done. We have a little too much fun," he said.

The movie, which was directed by The Usual Suspects' Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, also stars Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson.

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Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- The death on Sunday of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown has closed a chapter, but the story is far from over, says Essence Entertainment Director Cori Murray.

"No, it isn’t. I mean, on one hand, there’s no more suffering for Bobbi Kristina, but on the other hand there are tons of questions that still need to be answered, why this 22-year-old girl has left us," she tells ABC Radio.

Although preliminary autopsy results from the Fulton County Georgia Medical Examiner on Monday did not reveal an obvious cause of death, and no significant injuries were found,  the Fulton County District Attorney's investigation into Bobbi Kristina's passing remains open.  Murray says that people want to know the truth about what led to Kristina being found face-down in her bathtub back in January.

"I think a number of people are gonna want answers," she says, given Whitney Houston's stardom. "This is not something that will be swept under the rug.  Ultimately will this have been a homicide? You know, those are the things we’re gonna need to know and I think the public is gonna demand that."

Murray also addressed the rumors that Brown's partner, Nick Gordon, was somehow involved.  "You’re relieved that the pain is gone, but what happened? What went on in that townhouse? What was their relationship like?" Murray says. "I mean, there’s just so many unanswered questions that we all need answers to."

She adds that Bobbi Kristina never truly recovered from Whitney's own death.  "This was something that, you know, just seemed to haunt her a bit. You know, losing her mother and losing her mother publicly -- while most people can grieve privately, she had to grieve with everyone," she says. "And in the way she lost her mother...I think this wasn’t inevitable, I think it’s just ultimately really sad."

While Murray predicts that Bobbi Kristina eventually would have "found her place in the spotlight," she says her death is doubly sad because for many, she was seen as the last remaining link to Houston herself.

"It’s so heartbreaking because everyone loved Whitney so much. Whitney was all of our favorite singer. To see her battle her demons like she did and ultimately lose that battle with those demons, so yes, and here it is her one and only child who didn’t get to fulfill her legacy," she says. "I think that’s what kind of really makes this painful, that Bobbi Kristina couldn’t live out her days."

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Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Khloe Kardashian didn't bite her tongue when it came  to addressing the ongoing criticism of her young sister Kylie Jenner and her rumored boyfriend Tyga.

In an interview with Complex, Khloe argues that Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old and believes her dealing with the 25-yeard-old rapper isn't an issue. 

"I think at 16 I was probably f****** someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn’t say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old," Khloe tells the mag.

She continues that Kylie isn't hosting "slumber parties" or "going to prom," adding that she's more mature. 

"Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That’s not even what people do in their 30s," Khloe says before adding: "It’s a rare circumstance, so let’s treat this as a special case."

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Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Shia LaBeouf is involved in a new controversy, this time involving a fight with his girlfriend that was caught on video.

The clip, obtained by Entertainment Tonight, shows the 29-year-old actor fighting with his girlfriend, British actress Mia Goth, 22, outside a hotel in Tubingen, Germany, where she's reportedly filming a movie.

Shia is then seen talking to a group of locals, who offer to drive him to the airport. “I don’t wanna touch a woman. I don’t want to hit a woman, but I'm getting pushed," he explains to them.

After he gets into their car, Goth returns and takes Shia's backpack, begging him not to go. "I don’t wanna touch you. I don’t wanna be aggressive. This is the kind of s*** that makes a person abusive,” he's heard telling her.

Later, after getting his bag back, LeBouf tells the locals as they drive to the airport, “If I’d have stayed there, I would have killed her.”

During the car ride, LaBeouf apparently makes an unsuccessful attempt to FaceTime his Transformers co-star Megan Fox.

Once at the airport, the German locals offer to take LaBeouf, who seems to have suffered an injury to his hand, to the hospital.

The day after the incident, Goth was reportedly seen with a black eye, according to the German tabloid Pure Stars.

LaBeouf and Goth met while filming Lars von Trier’s erotic drama, Nyphomaniac. They have been romantically linked since 2012, with rumors swirling that the couple is engaged, after Goth was seen sporting a massive ring in March, according to ET.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Ireland Baldwin can laugh off the fact that her dad, Alec Baldwin, called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig" in an infamous voicemail that leaked eight years ago.

Ireland, 19, on Sunday tweeted a photo of herself and her father, who's holding a children's book titled If I Were a Pig....

She joked, "If I were a pig... I would be a rude and thoughtless one of course!"

In 2007, TMZ posted an angry voicemail from the actor in which he referred to his then-11-year-old daughter as a "rude, thoughtless little pig" and said he would "straighten [her] a** out," after she missed his phone call.

The voicemail was leaked amid a bitter custody dispute between Baldwin and his ex-wife and Ireland's mother, Kim Basinger.

Ireland downplayed the incident in a 2012 interview with the New York Post's Page Six, saying, “For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back I was like, ‘Sorry Dad, I didn’t have my phone.’ That was it.”

Ireland spent time in rehab earlier this year for what she described as "emotional trauma."

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Image Courtesy RCA(LOS ANGELES) -- After showing fans a sneak peek video of her wedding day on Instagram, Fantasia Barrino is sharing photos of her honeymoon photos with new husband Kendall Taylor.

Barrino has taken to Instagram to share photos of her tropical vacation, which includes shots of her lounging on the beach and another of herself strolling through a rainforest.

To keep the romance going, her hubby also bought flowers for his bride. "My King never carries cash... Leaves dinner table to walk several blocks for ATM to pay Flower Man... being a Taylor feels so different," she wrote in the caption.

While she didn't reveal the location of their honeymoon, its clear she's cherishing their new life. "Didn't think I could be this Happy....." she added under an Instagram photo.

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