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Bill Hader Returns to “SNL,” Show Pays Tribute to Jan Hooks

Bill Hader Returns to “SNL,” Show Pays Tribute to Jan Hooks

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bill Hader's effeminate character Stefon returned to Saturday Night Live’s "Weekend Update" on Saturday.He offered up his latest recommendations for New York’s hottest new clubs -- including Whimsy, which he said is "condemned by GLAAD and the EPA from Ghostbusters," and described as an "old wet Band-Aid found in a Jacuzzi...the kind of place that makes you feel weird the next time you see your parents." The party boy also referenced his "marriage" to Seth Meyers.Stefon capped off the appearance with a surprise announcement: he's pregnant.

SNL also paid tribute to Jan Hooks, who died on Thursday at age 57. She was a regular on the show for five seasons between 1986 and 1991. The tribute was introduced by host Hader and fellow alum Kristen Wiig, and it featured a clip in which she co-starred with Phil Hartman, another former SNL star who passed away in 1998.

 

 

Saturday Night Live will return to NBC on October 25 withJim Carrey as host.  It will be Carrey's third time hosting the show, with his prior appearances having aired in 1996 and 2011. Carrey will likely use the opportunity to promote his upcoming sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, which hits theaters on November 14. Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest.

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“August: Osage County” Actress Misty Upham Missing

“August: Osage County” Actress Misty Upham Missing

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Actress Misty Upham, who portrayed a housekeeper in the movie August: Osage County, and also had roles in Frozen River and Django Unchained, has been missing for a week, according to police in Washington state.The 32-year-old Native American actress was first reported missing by her father Charles on October 6. She was last seen the day before, leaving her apartment in Auburn, Washington, 20 miles outside of Seattle.Commander Steve Stocker tells People magazine, "Our officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call.  When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her."However, Stocker says she does not fit the criteria for a "missing and endangered person," according to Washington state law, in which the person's missing occurrence has to be "unexplainable, involuntary or suspicious."He adds, "As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and the case has been assigned to a detective, but we aren't putting resources to look for her."Earlier this year, Upham filmed her role in the upcoming movie Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston.

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Ralph Macchio Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “The Karate Kid” at New York Comic Con

Ralph Macchio Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “The Karate Kid” at New York Comic Con

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the stars who made their presence felt at New York Comic Con over the weekend was Ralph Macchio, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid.The Karate Kid, released in the summer of 1984, starred Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a bullied teen who overcomes long odds to win a karate tournament under the tutelage of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.Macchio told ABC News Radio the film has a permanent place in pop culture because people can identify with it. He says, "It still resonates and connects with anyone who is a fish out of water, not fitting in. It's coming-of-age themes that are human and that will always be relatable at some point."Macchio adds that there's a "soulful magic" to The Karate Kid because of his late co-star Pat Morita, who portrayed Miyagi.

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“Gone Girl” Tops Weekend Box Office

“Gone Girl” Tops Weekend Box Office

Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Gone Girl led the box office this weekend, earning $26.8 million.

The thriller, directed by David Fincher, is based on the book by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.

Dracula Untold came in second at the box office, while Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day-- which stars Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner-- came in third.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to pro.boxoffice.com:

1. Gone Girl: $26.8 million2. Dracula Untold: $23.5 million3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $19.1 million4. Annabelle: $16.4 million5. The Judge: $13.3 million6. The Equalizer: $9.7 million7. The Maze Runner: $7.5 million8. The Boxtrolls: $6.7 million9. Left Behind: $2.9 million10. Guardians of the Galaxy: $1.8 million

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Check Out the First Official Photos From Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix

Check Out the First Official Photos From Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Orange is the New Black and House of Cards just got some live action, superhero company on Netflix.On Saturday, Marvel revealed the first official image from Daredevil, which is scheduled to start in 2015."You're looking at the first official photos of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in #Marvel's #Daredevil" the Instagram post read. The pictures were first revealed during a panel at New York Comic Con.Joining Cox in the Daredevil cast are Law and Order veteran Vincent D'Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood.

Netflix also released the official synopsis of the show, featuring Marvel's Man Without Fear."'Marvel's Daredevil' is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses," it read. "Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night."

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FX Series “Archer” Drops ISIS

FX Series “Archer” Drops ISIS

FX Network(NEW YORK) -- FX series Archer is undergoing a slight rebranding - again.A season after going by Archer Vice, the animated spy show is dropping ISIS, the acronym for the show's non-government approved spy agency.“We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show," executive producer Matt Thompson told The Daily Beast. "It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it."Last month, a mobile wallet company also changed its name from ISIS to distance itself from the terrorist group.

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“Real Housewives” Star Joe Giudice Publicly Apologizes to Wife Teresa for Jail Sentence

“Real Housewives” Star Joe Giudice Publicly Apologizes to Wife Teresa for Jail Sentence

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Joe Giudice told his wife Teresa Giudice in a TV interview how sorry he was for dragging her into his legal woes, which resulted in her getting a 15-month jail sentence to start on Jan. 5."I just want to apologize that I got you into this mess," Joe Giudice said in part 2 of his sit-down interview with Andy Cohen Thursday night on Bravo, according to People magazine. "If I could take it all back, I would."He added, "I'm sorry you have to go through all this."Joe Giudice, 42, added that he tried his best to convince the judge not give his wife jail time for his admitted fraud.Giudice also admitted to a drinking problem during the interview."I think I used to drink only on the weekends. Now I drink every day," he said. "But, just wine. I don't drink anything else, really. ... I could easily do two, three bottles, four bottles, easily," a night."You know, with another person," he said. "Sometimes two by myself. Well, one bottle's like sucking a bottle of milk. It's like nothing. ... It does help me sleep. It's either that or I have to take a pill, and I don't want to take a pill."Teresa Giudice, 42, responded and said she doesn't resent Joe in any way."I don't think he meant to hurt me," she said. "I think it's a learning lesson for both of us. ... I know he didn't mean to hurt me in any way. ... Since [the sentencing], he's been feeling bad and keeps coming up to me and hugging me."

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Viola Davis Reveals Lesson Meryl Streep Taught Her

Viola Davis Reveals Lesson Meryl Streep Taught Her

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For Viola Davis, being the face of How to Get Away With Murder has meant a lot of responsibility. But she’s embraced it with grace, thanks to lessons she picked up from fellow actress Meryl Streep.Davis appeared with Streep in 2008′s Doubt alongside Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.“When I got that role, I thought I had won the lottery — I cannot even tell you,” Davis said. “Meryl Streep is the greatest actress because you can see so many different emotions going on in her eyes. … It’s a joy as an artist.”She said that on the movie’s set, Streep had asked for her colleagues’ opinions and never let them hide in the background.“I see her consciously make that effort knowing what her responsibility is from the moment she steps on. And she does it as much as she can,” Davis said. “And I respected that and honored that.”On the hit ABC show, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a criminal defense attorney and law school professor at a fictional school.“‘How to get away with murder’ is her way of being dramatic. … [She] takes her job very seriously and also just wants to provoke these students, wants to manipulate them,” she said. “The classroom is her stage. … She’s MY sexy.”Davis, who was nominated for Oscars for her role in The Help as well as Doubt, said she is aware of the example she sets the moment she steps on the show’s sound stage.“I know that I set the mood and the groundwork and foundation in which people have to create,” Davis said. “And I gotta tell you the person I learned that from is Meryl Streep.”Davis was one of six siblings. All but one was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on the Singleton plantation.She moved north in 1965 when she was just a baby. Her father groomed horses at the racetrack. Her mother worked at a factory periodically. She has been outspoken about not having enough food when she was growing up in abject poverty in Rhode Island.“I remember always thinking when I was a kid, remember thinking when people would look at me and go, ‘Oh I know she’s poor. … I would think, ‘Just give me some food and I could take care of the rest,” she said. “Just give me some fuel, you know? But there was such a shame and stigma attached to it.”She now works with The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on their Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger. “It’s been cathartic to say I was hungry,” she told ABC News. “I was. I was a hungry kid who could never get at the business of being me, you know? … So it’s my joy and my pleasure to be a part of this campaign.”Davis said her struggles had helped her appreciate the achievements.“I just wanted to find something that I really loved and to build a life around it — and so that’s what I did,” she said.

 

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Is “Walking Dead” Heartthrob Daryl Dixon Gay? Show’s Executive Producer Responds

Is “Walking Dead” Heartthrob Daryl Dixon Gay? Show’s Executive Producer Responds

AMC(NEW YORK) --  As The Walking Dead gears up for its fifth season premiere on Sunday, one of the buzziest issues among fans is if Daryl Dixon, the show’s rugged zombie hunting heartthrob, is gay. But executive producer Greg Nicotero floated a completely different theory.“I think he’s a virgin in my opinion,” Nicotero told ABC's Dan Harris in an interview for Nightline. “I don’t think Daryl has ever been close enough with anyone to have sex so I always imagined that he’s a shy 12-year-old kid who doesn't know how to handle the emotions that he has but has feelings for people on the show that he is close to but I never really imagined one way or the other that he’s had sex.”Daryl, played by Norman Reedus, is the show’s breakout star who is handy with a crossbow, as in, he can put arrows through "walkers'" heads with ease. The quiet character’s love life, which is mostly non-existent, has often been a hot topic among fans who want to know whether he’ll strike up a romance with Beth Greene, Carol Peletier or any of the female characters.But comic franchise creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman set off a firestorm of speculation this summer when he told fans Daryl’s sexuality had been “discussed” among show producers.But Nicotero told Nightline he isn’t fazed by the speculation because it has created a build-up to this new season, and if Daryl does eventually have a sexual encounter, he wants it to be “awkward.”“I don’t think Daryl is the type of guy to just throw someone up against a tree and kiss in the moonlight and once you do that it’s over,” Nicotero said. “I want that to be as awkward as possible and I don’t think Daryl has too much experience in that field.”Nicotero is a jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes on the show -- executive producer, director, special effects, make-up designer. He does it all. In fact, he has directed nine episodes and makes a cameo appearance every season.“I like to because I have fun, it’s like Halloween,” he said.And making the walkers as terrifying and realistic as possible is something showrunners have been meticulous about since season one. Their “authenticity” is what Nicotero believes is the whole crux for the show’s massive success -- the season four finale had around 15 million viewers.“You got to keep the audience, the moment they think something doesn’t look real and you lose them, you never get them back,” he said. “So on The Walking Dead I feel like we were able to establish this world, realistically ... so they didn't have to reach for it anymore, they could allow themselves ... to just fall into the stories that these characters are having knowing that this threat is there and the threat exists.”“If the zombies looked phony or cheesy nobody would care what the actors were doing or what the characters were doing,” he added.The new season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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Amanda Bynes’ Parents ‘Very Concerned’ About Her, Says Their Attorney

Amanda Bynes’ Parents ‘Very Concerned’ About Her, Says Their Attorney

Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Amanda Bynes’s recent behavior has worried some fans. However, perhaps nobody has been more affected than her parents."My clients are very concerned about their daughter," Tamar Arminak, the lawyer for the Bynes family, told ABC News in a statement. "Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda."Bynes, 28, had been under a conservatorship since last summer, when she was hospitalized after allegedly starting a fire in a residential driveway.After the mandatory stay in the hospital, she went to rehab for a few months before moving back in with her parents in December. At that point, her lawyer said, she was "very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."Things seem to have deteriorated since then. Last month, Bynes was arrested for an alleged DUI, when authorities said the actress stopped in the middle of an intersection. She will be back in court later this month, where she is expected to enter a plea.Then, she made her return to Twitter, where she announced that she is engaged and planning to move to New York City, among other things.

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Nick Cannon Speaks Out on Mariah Carey Split

Nick Cannon Speaks Out on Mariah Carey Split

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nick Cannon seems to be moving on, and in good spirits, after splitting from estranged wife, Mariah Carey.

"I’m just taking everything one day at a time and just being the best person that I can possibly be at the end of the day," he told Extra at the New York City premiere of the new movie, Addicted, out now.

The America's Got Talent host has even went so far as to cover up his massive "Mariah" tattoo that covered the width of his shoulders. Cannon said he didn't mean to reveal he got his tattoo covered up when leaving the gym in Studio City, Calif. earlier this week, a photo that quickly spread online.

"It’s not finished yet…It wasn’t supposed to be revealed yet…I didn’t know [paparazzi] were there, that’s how sneaky paparazzi are," he said. "I had just gotten it done, it was painful…It hurt a lot and I’m still not finished, I’m still probably like six more sessions away."

Although the two are estranged, Cannon has nothing but nice things to say about Carey. The singer has recently come under fire after videos were released of her performing at a tour stop in Tokyo, sounding less than stellar. "I just wish her nothing but the best...you know you might have an off night here and there, but she’s one of the greatest performers and entertainers of all time, she’s not worried, we’re not worried, just going to keep pushing," Cannon said in Carey's defense.

Cannon and Carey split in August amid rumors of Cannon's infidelity. They married in 2008 and have two children together, twins Moroccan and Monroe.

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“People” Magazine Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Retro Taylor Swift Cover & More

“People” Magazine Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Retro Taylor Swift Cover & More

Courtesy People Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift covers People magazine's 40th anniversary issue, which is on stands Friday.  The cover is a recreation of the magazine's very first issue back in March of 1974, which showed Mia Farrow in character as Daisy Buchanan in what was then her current movie, The Great Gatsby.  Inside, the special issue has a look at some of the magazine's most memorable covers, but as Staff Editor Antoinette Coulton points out, it's not all celebrities, all the time."The interesting thing about that [is that] it just runs the gamut -- whether or not it's a celebrity or it's a big crime story," Coulton tells ABC News Radio. "And what we're really good at is sitting down with the celebrities and really getting in-depth on their lives and what they're going through. And it's just a mix of that that our readers seem to love." Among the covers highlighted: the election of Barack Obama, the O.J. Simpson trial, the investigation into Jon Benet Ramsay's death, the story of teen AIDS patient Ryan White, the aftermath of 9/11, the birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh, the deaths of Michael Jackson and Robin Williams, Adam Levine's selection as The Sexiest Man Alive and features on Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, the British Royal family, Julia Roberts and Britney Spears.The issue includes many additional fun features, such as a list of the advice celebrities would give to their younger selves; scenes from classic movies recreated by stars like Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman and Seth Meyers; a feature comparing Princess Diana and Kate Middleton; a list of stars who are turning 40 this year; a look at fashion trends; a roundup of the most heinous crimes of the past four decades; and People's "Ones to Watch" list, highlighting the stars of tomorrow."We're used to bringing you the celebs that a lot of people know," Coulton says of the concept. "We wanted to also bring you celebs that we feel are on the rise and hopefully a  year, two years from now they'll be at the level of the Brad Pitts and the Matthew McConaugheys."Running down some of those rising stars on the list, Coulton says, "We've picked people like Meghan Trainor, who had a great hit with the song 'All About That Bass,' which kind of addresses body image and just being happy with yourself. We've got Ki Hong Lee, who was in The Maze Runner, which was just number one at the box office. And we've got the cast of How to Get Away with Murder. So we've got a lot of stars in here that we think people should be looking at for the future." As for why People magazine has been around for 40 years, Coulton says it's simple."I think it's one of those things that readers know that whatever they get from us, it's going to be the truth," she tells ABC News Radio. "We're not going to make things up or speculate. And we go to the source. We go to the celebrities to get the news and they're coming to us. And I feel that our readers trust that if they really want to know what's going on, then People magazine is where they can go.”

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“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

"The Judge" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -- Eleven-year-old Alexander has a horrible day -- and it's contagious, because his family subsequently experiences some terrible moments, too. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents. Rated PG. The Judge -- Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to his hometown after his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester and David Krumholtz also star. Rated R.Dracula Untold -- Fast & Furious 6 actor Luke Evans plays the titular character in this origin story. Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance also star. Rated PG-13.Addicted --  A successful businesswoman with a family has an affair that carries major consequences. Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Zane. Rated R.

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Report: Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Report: Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Insiders tell the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl 49.One insider tells the newspaper, “A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl.”Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL had reached out to Coldplay, Rihanna and Perry, asking them to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, but the league wanted the artists to pay for the privilege of doing the gig.  The NFL figured the exposure would be so valuable, the artists wouldn't mind giving it a share of their future earnings in exchange.Last Saturday, Katy appeared on ESPN's College GameDay in Oxford, Mississippi, and confirmed there had been "some conversations" about her playing the Super Bowl, but dismissed the notion that she would pay the NFL to perform.

“I would be honored, of course, but I have let them know that I'm not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl, so the ball is in their field, honestly,” Katy said.Super Bowl 49 is set for Feb. 1.

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Marvel Experience Tour Announces Dates, Cities

Marvel Experience Tour Announces Dates, Cities

Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Marvel(NEW YORK) -- The Marvel Experience tour announced its first four stops Thursday at New York Comic-Con, according to The Hollywood Reporter.From Dec. 12 to Jan. 3, the tour will have a preview stay in Phoenix, Arizona. From there, it will travel to Dallas, Texas, for its official premiere from Jan. 9 to Feb. 1. From Feb. 7 to Feb. 22, the Marvel Experience sets up shop in San Diego, California. And from Feb. 27 to March 22, the tour moves to San Francisco, California.

After that, the tour will hit the East Coast. Those cities and dates have yet to be announced.The interactive tour is being housed in a massive dome complex designed to look like a S.H.I.E.L.D. command center. Attractions will include a 4D motion ride, interactive games and original animated short films.Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” Inspire Top Halloween Costumes

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” Inspire Top Halloween Costumes

"Maleficent" - Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent from the movie of the same name have been named the top male and female movie-inspired costumes for adults this Halloween, according to a new survey of more than one thousand moviegoers by Fandango.Captain America is the second favorite movie-inspired costume for guys this year, while Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games character, Katniss, is the runner-up for ladies.Olaf, the snowman in Disney's Frozen, is this year's favorite movie-inspired costume for kids.Here are the top 2014 movie-inspired costumes for Halloween, according to the Fandango survey:Female:

Maleficent, Angelina Jolie in Maleficent Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Gamora, Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy

 Male:

Groot, Voiced by Vin Diesel in Guardians Captain America, Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Star-Lord, Chris Pratt in Guardians Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

Favorite Kids’ Costume:

Olaf, Frozen Minion, Despicable Me Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Elsa, Frozen Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- The newest addition to ABC’s Friday night lineup is Cristela, a sitcom about a woman in her sixth year of law school whose dream of becoming a lawyer conflicts with her traditional Mexican-American family.Comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in the title role.Cristela airs Friday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It would be too easy to say Dracula Untold should’ve stayed untold, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. It’s nice to have a story about vampires that doesn’t involve emotionless actresses and actors who look like they were taken from the set of a Calvin Klein underwear shoot. Instead, we get a Crusades-era origin story about the vampire that started it all . The “untold” part of the title is a bit of an overstatement. Even if you’re only superficially aware of the Dracula mythology, you probably know many believe the inspiration for British novelist Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler.  The real Vlad was just a little different than the one Luke Evans portrays in this movie. For starters, I just don’t think the real Vlad the Impaler had an English accent.   This Prince Vlad rules a peaceful kingdom, partly because he’s murdered perhaps thousands of people and placed them on pikes -- they don’t call him “the Impaler” for nothing.  But Vlad is now a kinder, gentler man who just wants to hang out with his wife (Sarah Gadon) and his young son (Art Parkinson).  Enter Sultan Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) Ottoman Empire, who demands Vlad give up 1,000 of his kingdom’s young boys to train as soldiers in Mehmed’s army -- including the prince’s son. Vlad doesn’t have the troops to take on Mehmed, so you know what they say: desperate times call for vampire measures. Vlad visits a cave inhabited by a gnarly vampire (Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance), seeking the monster’s strength. Believing Vlad can set him free and help lift the curse that has kept him the cave for centuries, the master vampire agrees to make Vlad like him, with the vampire strength and tricks that, maybe, will help him defeat Mehmed.  For a movie that sets out to tell an original tale about an old story, Dracula Untold is decidedly unoriginal. Take away some decent battle sequences and respectable visual effects, and we’re left with ham-fisted dialogue and clichés.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, if you’re willing to check your brains at the theater door. Two out of five stars.

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“Saturday Night Live” Vet Jan Hooks Dead at 57

“Saturday Night Live” Vet Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live cast member Jan Hooks has died, ABC News has confirmed.

TMZ reports that Hooks had been battling a "serious illness." She was 57.

Hooks was an SNL cast member from 1986 to 1991. She worked with some of the show's biggest names, including Chris Farley, Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey. During her time on the show, she was best known for being one half of the singing Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn, but she also portrayed Sinead O'Connnor, Hillary Clinton, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Diane Sawyer and more.

After SNL, Hooks joined the cast of Designing Women for the show's final two seasons. Her movie work included Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and 1992's Batman Returns.

Her most recent television role was on 30 Rock in 2010, playing Verna, the mother of Jane Krakowski's character, Jenna Maroney.

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Clooney Surprises Fans at NY Comic Con’s Tomorrowland Panel

Clooney Surprises Fans at NY Comic Con’s Tomorrowland Panel

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney cut his honeymoon short to surprise attendees at New York Comic Con on Thursday. The actor wasn't scheduled to appear at the Javits Center but he joined his co-stars for the Q&A panel for Disney's upcoming movie Tomorrowland.After some gentle ribbing by co-star Hugh Laurie, Clooney took the stage to loud cheers. “Hugh, it is not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” the newlywed actor joked.He then admitted to the audience that it was his first such event. “Since my Batman, I’d been disinvited from Comic Con," he admitted," referring to his nearly universally panned portrayal of the superhero in 1997's Batman and Robin. "I met Adam West back there, it was like, 'Hey, I’m really sorry...sorry about the nipples on the suit….'"For the record, West is a fan of Clooney's Batman portrayal: nipple suit and all. West told ABC Radio that he reassured Clooney during their Comic-Con meeting. "I said, 'George, you did not kill the Batman franchise, you were a good Batman,' and he said, 'Oh, you were the best,' we had fun," West said.All joking aside, the real business at hand was giving audiences a first look at Tomorrowland.In addition to Clooney and Laurie, the panel included Britt Robertson, Shiloh Nelson, director-producer Brad Bird, and screenwriter-producer Damon Lindelof. They all helped reveal a teaser for the film, which is set for a May 22, 2015 release.The film follows an inventor, played by Clooney, who teams up with a teenage genius, played by Robertson, to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place that exists somewhere in time and space. It's a loose theme-park adaptation, inspired by the futuristic Tomorrowland section of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

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