'Modern Family' child stars get massive pay raises, sign on for Seasons 9 and 10

Jul 24, 2017 8

With yet another Emmy nomination under its belt, “Modern Family” shows no signs of stopping. Now, with the show’s future solidified for the foreseeable future at ABC, a majority of the child actors on the hit sitcom have negotiated a big pay raise.

According to Deadline, the older “kids” on “Modern Family” have signed on for Season 9 and 10, which were previously announced in May. Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez, now all over the age of 18, will reportedly get pay increases to take them above the $100,000 per episode mark. The increase comes just after the recent news that the show’s adult cast negotiated an increase from $350,000 per episode to roughly $500,000. Meanwhile, the youngest of the child actors, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jeremy Maguire have not been given the chance to negotiate for a new contract as their previous agreements aren’t up. These two cast members joined the show significantly later than the others and are still running out their respective clocks.

While the price tags for the stars seems high, Variety notes that the show continues to be a decided hit both critically and in the Nielsen ratings. “Modern Family” remains TV’s highest-rated comedy, second only to CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

James Cromwell arrested again for a protest at SeaWorld

Jul 24, 2017 13

Just after spending a brief stint in jail, actor James Cromwell voluntarily found himself in handcuffs once again Monday following a protest at SeaWorld. The actor was handcuffed and escorted out of the park after interrupting a show.

Cromwell and a handful of protesters for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were removed from the park after the actor began to talk to the crowd through a megaphone during the park’s “Orca Encounter” show. Cromwell took issue with the park’s treatment of animals, which has come under criticism in recent years over the very concept of keeping orca whales in captivity.

The entire event was captured on video and uploaded to PETA’s Facebook page.

“Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease,” Cromwell said in a statement released by the organization. “My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay.”

This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that the Academy Award nominee’s activism has landed him in hot water with the law. As previously reported, he was sentenced to spend seven days in jail after refusing to pay fines related to a December 2015 protest of a New York power plant. After being found guilty of obstructing traffic in the hopes of protesting the existence of a plant that he and fellow activists said was bad for the environment, he spent a week earlier this month in jail. However, given his actions at SeaWorld, the 77-year-old actor appears undeterred.

Chester Bennington death: 911 call audio released after housekeeper, driver discover Linkin Park singer's body

Jul 24, 2017 21

Following the shocking death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, new details have emerged about the day he died. Police have reportedly released the 911 call made by a driver after the singer’s body was discovered in his home.

The audio file was first posted by TMZ, which alleges that Los Angeles police had released the tape in the wake of Bennington’s reported suicide. In the call, a driver tells the dispatcher that he arrived at the pickup location only to find Bennington’s housekeeper crying hysterically near the door. She then told him that Bennington had hanged himself inside. The driver remains calm with the 911 dispatcher, but the housekeeper can be heard crying in the background as she makes a separate call to the victim’s wife, Talinda Ann Bentley.

It was previously reported that police were investigating the death of Bennington as a suicide. Many were quick to note the timing of Bennington’s death, coinciding with the birthday of fellow musician and friend Chris Cornell. The Audioslave singer committed suicide on May 18.

New 'Bond' film release date announced: Who will play 007?

Jul 24, 2017 28

At last, fans know how long they’ll have to wait before they get another film in the highly successful James Bond franchise. Following the release of the 2015 smash hit, “Spectre,” the studio has set a premiere date for the 25th film in the franchise.

According to Deadline, the yet untitled Bond film will hit theaters on November 8, 2019, giving it a whopping four year gap between movies. The film will maintain the tradition of releasing first in the U.K. and then the U.S. and rest of the world soon after.

While the announcement comes as exciting news, it’s not much to whet fans’ appetite for more on 007. The outlet reports that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli weren’t able to give important details about the film such as its title, distributor, director or even cast. However, they did promise that information was coming at a later date.

The biggest question on everyone’s minds is whether or not actor Daniel Craig will reprise his role as everyone’s favorite British spy. Variety reports that the 49-year-old actor is likely returning for a fifth film as Bond, despite previous claims that he couldn’t fathom doing a follow up to “Spectre.”

Craig’s portrayal of Bond in “Skyfall” remains the highest-grossing film in the franchise to date. As a result, rumors indicate that the studio is very interested in squeezing him for just one more film before passing the suit and tie on to someone else.   

'Ready Player One' trailer hit with backlash over '80s pop-culture nostalgia

Jul 24, 2017 21

One of the many exciting debuts to come out of the 2017 San Diego Comic Con was the bright, action-packed and pop-culture riddled teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest film “Ready Player One.” However, many weren’t into the 1980s obsessed teaser and began voicing concerns that it will rely too heavily on other creative people’s works.

For those unfamiliar, the film puts a lot of emphasis on the era of the 1980s by design. Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, the story focuses on a future society where earth isn’t as habitable to human life as it used to be. However, the population does have an advanced virtual gaming world that is used by almost everyone for work, school and, of course, gaming. When the creator of this virtual world dies, it is revealed that he’d hidden an elaborate treasure hunt for his billions within the game that only those who share his love of the 1980s will have the knowledge to find. With that, humanity becomes obsessed with the era and the hunt for his billions.

When it was revealed that Spielberg would direct the movie, it felt like a match made in heaven as many of the titles referenced in the book were from some of his own work. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Spielberg was a major film influencer of that decade. However, now that the first look at the upcoming adaptation was revealed at SDCC, many are lashing out saying that both the book and film rely too heavily on other works of fiction. According to Entertainment Weekly, the trailer has upwards of 20 references to other projects such as “Willy Wonka,” “The Iron Giant,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Back to the Future” and “The A-Team.”

Despite the faction of people upset about the many references in the movie, some are still excited to see what Spielberg does with such an interesting property.

“Ready Player One” is set for a March 2018 release.

Justin Bieber cancels remaining tour dates out of nowhere

Jul 24, 2017 18

Justin Bieber announced Monday that the remaining dates for his “Purpose” tour have been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them…,” the press release stated. “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

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Bieber, 23, had da handful of dates remaining on his world tour.

The unpredictable pop star posted a shirtless pic of himself with a female companion yesterday on Instagram with no caption. An onslaught of comments followed the pic demanding answers directly from Bieber on the tour being abruptly cancelled.

One Instagram user wrote, “WHY CANCELLING PURPOSE TOUR?!?”

A disappointed fan penned, “”When Justin Bieber cancels his tour 5 days before you’re supposed to see him. It’s cool. 🙂🙂🙂”

While another chimed in with concern for the “Love Yourself” singer saying, “I hope you’re okay.” 

Another defended the Biebs writing on Twitter, “justin bieber has done 150 purpose tour shows keep that in mind before you start attacking. thats alot for someone to handle at his age.”
 

'Flip or Flop's' Christina El Moussa headed to 'Real Housewives?' Not so fast

Jul 24, 2017 17

Rumors have been swirling that Christina El Moussa could be headed to the “Real Housewives” franchise, but a source with knowledge of the situation told Fox News the “Flip or Flop” star hasn’t been in touch with Bravo execs.

OK Magazine reported earlier this month that Bravo was hoping to get El Moussa on “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” But so far, nothing is in the works, Fox News has learned.

“Christina is currently focused on filming new episodes of ‘Flip or Flop’ and has not been approached by Bravo executives,” a source told us.

El Moussa stars with her now ex Tarek on HGTV’s hit “Flip or Flop.” On the series, the two take dated, often crumbling homes and flip them in the hopes of turning a serious profit. Each episode chronicles the pair’s search for a property, construction and design work.

Christina has recently been sharing snapshots from the set of “Flip or Flop.”
 

'Game of Thrones' predictions: What to expect from Season 7, episode 3

Jul 24, 2017 28

“Game of Thrones” is starting to close out its storyline now that the show has an end date and it’s surpassed the “A Song of Ice and Fire” written source material. To help bring things to a quicker conclusion, there has been a noticeable amount of quick travel around the very vast fictional world. Characters travel hundreds of miles in just one episode when it used to take whole seasons for people to move from one place to another.

With every character suddenly feeling in arms length of each other, one can only predict where the story will go. With nothing official set in stone for the events of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, episode 3, here are a few educated guesses as to what will happen next:
 

Nicolas Cage becomes a new viral meme in Kazakhstan

Jul 24, 2017 14

Nicolas Cage continues to prove he’s a national treasure.

The 53-year-old actor attended the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he posed in traditional garb next to the country’s first lady, Sara Nazarbayeva, over the weekend — and the resulting photos immediately went viral.

Clad in a traditional Kazakh robe and a pair of sneakers, Cage looked absolutely miserable standing next to Nazarbayeva, giving the internet plenty to work with.

The “Face/Off” star didn’t mope through his entire visit, though. He brightened up considerably while attending the children’s film competition Five Continents. While there he met with disabled children and planted trees next to the Palace of Schoolchildren as a symbol of the future growth of the festival.

Cage’s rep didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

The festival, which runs from July 22 to 28, will also include appearances from John Malkovich and Adrien Brody, according to the Astana Times.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

Chris Noth on 'Sex and the City's' Mr. Big: 'We told that story'

Jul 24, 2017 18

Though there have long been rumors that another “Sex and the City” film is in the works, Chris Noth may not have an interest in participating.

The actor who played Mr. Big on the HBO series and subsequent films recently told Us Weekly he’s not sure there’s much left to say about his character. 

“I feel like we told that story,” he explained to the magazine. “I don’t think there’s anything left for me to say about that. I want to tell other stories.”

While “The Good Wife” actor may want to escape from being remembered as Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest, he doesn’t resent his time on the show. 

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“I accept it,” he said of the buzz that still surrounds the franchise. “I may not understand it but I accept it. I think they just love the fashion.”

Still, one idea Noth can’t wrap is head around is the way some fans think of his character. 

“The thing that I don’t understand is the idea of Mr. Big because he wasn’t the guy that got away. They were always dance partners. Sometimes they went away for a little while and she had a bunch of other guys and he got married.”

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Noth’s most recent project is the upcoming Discovery Channel series “Manhunt: Unabomber.”