Beth Chapman has lost her battle to cancer on Wednesday. Dog the Bounty Hunter has confirmed his wife’s passing on Twitter, sharing an emotional message with fans and followers, writing: “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, […]
The large field will be split into two groups for Wednesday and Thursday, after a selection process that was a source of controversy. With so many contenders, answers will be limited to 60 seconds.
Up first on Wednesday night: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
We went behind the scenes with former MythBusters star Adam Savage for his new series Savage Builds. In the first episode Adam builds a titanium Iron Man suit modeled directly from Marvel Studios, with the hopes of actually flying it.
Things get awkward really quickly for the two exes when Miss Piggy reveals reason for their breakup
On Monday, Sept. 21, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy made their first appearance together on Jimmy Kimmel Live! since their infamous split in August.
And things got, well, just a bit awkward.
While promoting their new show, The Muppets, debuting on ABC Tuesday night 8pm est, everyone’s favorite Muppets caught up with Jimmy Kimmel — and let’s just say that it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting back together anytime soon.
As previously revealed, Kermit admitted that his new love interest is a marketing executive at ABC, named Denise.
“She’s old enough,” Kermit told Kimmel.
As for Miss Piggy? She told Kimmel that the reason for the split was “the usual laundry list: put the lid down, closing the refrigerator door… not doing the dishes while taking a bath in the sink.”
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Jack Larson, best know for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 87.
Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.
Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in 1959.
Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s Tale.” Larson wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”
He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film, “Johnny Trouble,” in 1957. Larson produced “The Baby Maker” (1970), “Mike’s Murder” (1984) and “Perfect” (1985), among Bridges’ other movies, through their production company.
Larson also appeared in the 1991 series “Superboy” as “Old Jimmy Olsen” (an older version of Justin Whalin’s character), in an episode of ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006.
Has any Companion ever had a rockier road than Clara Oswald? Jenna Coleman first appeared on Doctor Who three years ago, airdropped in the middle of the final run of Amy-and-Rory episodes. She died in her first appearance — and died again a few months later, in the 2012 Christmas special, playing a different character who was also the same character.
Clara’s first proper appearance came in “The Bells of Saint John,” but in her initial run of episodes, the show never quite figured out the specific nature of her Companionship. The Doctor looked at her as a mystery to solve — and you could feel the show trying to figure her out, too. This was only a problem insofar as the modern run of Doctor Who has been good at defining Companions almost immediately. Rose was the Doctor’s conscience; Donna was his pal; Amy was the little girl who spent a lifetime waiting for him.
(ASIDE: You shouldn’t necessarily read the Doctor’s Companions as will-they-won’t-they romantic partners—but Martha Jones was unquestionably the Doctor’s post-Rose Rebound. Previous Who showrunner Russell T. Davies always had a knack for portraying the Doctor as an occasional noble hero who is mostly a complete cad, and one of the best things about the Martha season is how the whole romantic subtext of the Martha-Doctor relationship becomes the actual text of Martha being in love with the Doctor and the Doctor treating Martha like the world-saving time-space equivalent of a booty call. END OF ASIDE.)
Coleman joined Doctor Who right as the hysteria for the show went truly global. This was a blessing and a curse. The blessing: Clara has gone on more elaborately expensive adventures than any previous Companion, and those adventures have played to record-breaking ratings. Curse: Clara’s run as Companion has coincided with the final act of the Eleventh Doctor, the first act of the Twelfth Doctor, and the 50th anniversary special, where Clara had to play believable second fiddle to the entire history of the Doctor Who idea.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that I’m not entirely sure the show has quite figured out what to do with Clara. Last season, the show gave her a sweet romantic subplot, which turned out to be a long-con set-up for a majestic-bummer season finale. That season finale felt like it could have been the end of the Clara story — and in the Christmas Special that followed, we actually saw a very old Clara, sharing one last meal with the Doctor. It wasn’t the best Companion final moment ever — I’ll always remember poor Donna, who saw infinity and forgot it—but it was a final moment. Until it wasn’t.
That final meal was just a dream. And Clara has returned for another season. (Current Doctor Who steersman Steven Moffat has said that Clara’s story was originally going to end last year, until Coleman agreed to another season. And this week, she confirmed her exit from the show.) When we meet her in the new season premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” she is teaching a class on Jane Austen. Global crisis beckons, and she’s immediately off to UNIT headquarters, where she speaks with 24-support-staff fluency about potential terrorist-attack devastation. There’s also a scene where she tells the government’s top save-the-world scientist squad how to locate the Doctor at a specific moment in human history. It feels a bit like they’ve done to Clara what The Walking Dead did to everybody around season 3: Ditch the personal stuff and harden her into a no-nonsense badass.
This works until it doesn’t. I’ll throw up a SPOILER ALERT here, because this episode is filled to the brim from the third minute onwards. “The Magician’s Apprentice” starts with one of the all-time great Doctor Who bangs. We see a cute little boy, trapped on a battlefield full of hand mines. (Hand mines: Hands that appear out of the earth, an open eye on the palm, ready to grab you.) The Doctor appears, gives the boy a pep talk, looks like he’s going to rescue him. The Doctor asks the scared little boy his name. “Davros,” the boy says. Cue title-sequence!
Davros, of course, is one of the Doctor’s all-time archnemeses. The Creator of the Daleks was last seen seven years ago, in “Journey’s End,” which was more or less the series finale for the Russell T. Davies version of Doctor Who. (Davies produced four more David Tennant-starring specials, less an epilogue than a victory lap.) In “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Davros is dying. He’s dispatched a subordinate to track the Doctor down. The subordinate has a message: “Davros knows. Davros remembers.”
“Magician’s Apprentice” features the return of Missy, the feminized regeneration of The Master. The last time we saw Missy, she got vaporized. The Moffat script doesn’t even bother making a joke out of her return. Missy just explains, nonchalantly: “Not dead. Back. Big surprise. Never mind.” This is a smart move, I think. Intentionally or not, Gomez-as-Missy feels like she’s channeling Christopher Eccleston-as-Doctor: There’s that same friendly sociopathy, the same way of turning on a dime from kooky innocence into genocidal terror.
It’s great to see Missy back. But the problem is that bringing back Missy — and frontloading the whole Master-Doctor friendship dynamic — has the unintentional side effect of putting Clara on the backburner again. When she argues with Missy about who knows the Doctor better, you can’t help but side with Missy.
Doctor Who has become a bigger, more popular show under the Moffat regime. Which means the show’s setpieces have gotten bigger. In “The Magician’s Apprentice,” there’s a scene set in medieval times where the Doctor emerges, wearing sunglasses, playing electric guitar, freakingriding a tank. It’s a funny moment — current Doctor Peter Capaldi knows how to chew scenery into gold — but it’s also entirely frivolous, since nothing that happens in that scene really matters.
And there’s nothing wrong with frivolity! But “Magician’s Apprentice” cuts off the wacky stuff, quickly and firmly. The episode concludes with a bold, dark, weird twist that feels like a renewed attempt to challenge the basic precepts of the Doctor Who mythos. And it does that by…
Throwing up another SPOILER ALERT HERE just for added protection…
The season premiere of Doctor Who ends with Clara dying. Again. How this effects the Doctor is interesting — and I’ll withhold final judgment on this twist until next week’s conclusion — but it’s a minor bummer to see the show re-re-unbooting Clara right back to where we met her. One more time, she’s a dead girl the Doctor is trying to save.
“Magician’s Apprentice” is a confident hour of television. It puts several exciting pieces in place for the season ahead — and it proves once again that Moffat is great at situating a bold new Doctor Who direction within the half-century mythology of Doctor Whos past. (Any Doctor Who episode with a clip of Tom Baker gets at least partial grade inflation.) But it’s another weird chapter in the Clara Oswald story. How do you solve a problem like Clara? The show’s solution — yet again — is to get rid of her.
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The 67th annual Emmy Awards are here!Hollywood’s first step into awards season started tonight with the highly anticipated night dedicated to all things television, with the help of our host for the evening, Andy Samberg.
So between the jokes, the booze, the awards and the surprising moments, it can become quite the task to keep up with what’s going on.
Don’t you fret, friend. That’s what we’re here for! Here are some of the best and worst moments from the 2015 Emmy Awards:
Binge Truth: Anyone who has ever decided to binge-watch a TV series felt deeply connected to Samberg’s opening skit. Locking himself away for a year, without any connection to the outside world, to catch up on all of the series out there is real life for many of us.
Serving the LOLs: Samberg continued a strong opening with a successful monologue. There were laughs, there were successful punch lines, and, of course, the zingers (hey Bill Cosby and Kim Davis!).
Amy-Squared: The geniuses behind the Emmys opted to pair Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer together to present the first award of the night, and obvs, it was the best decision.”And what an exciting two to four hours for women in comedy,” Poehler quipped.
“And let’s not forget what night is really about, celebrating hilarious women and letting the Internet weigh in on who looks the worst,” Schumer added. THE AMY’S FOR PRESIDENT! Or at least, host the Oscars?
Problem Solved: RickyGervais may or may not win tonight, so he had a plan. Why not play it safe and just hold an Emmy while presenting so pictures make it seem like he won? Boom. Problem solved.
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Bow Chicka Bow Wow: John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez joined together on stage and did some flirting back and forth, and we can’t blame ’em.This Just Happened: Oh, Andy.
Rebel With a Cause: Jimmy Kimmel wants the power. He has the power. He has the card. And he decided to cut out the winner from the card (and eat it ) so he could give the award to whoever he wants. Congrats, Jeffrey Tambor!
Positive Message: Following a heartfelt speech from director Jill Soloway, who urged people to vote for trans rights, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor dedicated his award to the transgender community. “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of the change. God bless you.”
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Hooray, Accountants: James Corden made history tonight by getting the crowd to do a standing ovation when recognizing the accountants Ernest & Young. Hey, they deserve some solid cheers, too! Awkward Alert: Terrence Howard went in for the kiss on the cheek while presenting with Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, and she just rubbed it off and made a face, LOL!
Smokey Eye for the Win: While tearfully accepting her award, Schumer made sure to mention someone very important—her makeup artist. “Thanks everybody who has helped me and my…the girl who gave me sort of this smoky eye. I really love it.” LOL!
Sweet Mommy Moment: When accepting her award, Regina King concluded her speech with a sweet mention to a very important young man in her life. “My son, Ian. The fact that I get to share this night with you, the best date in the house. Oh, man. You make being a mother my greatest accomplishment. I love you.”
So Many Feelings: That montage of series finales from this year was too much. Seriously. The emotions are everywhere. WE WEREN’T READY.
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Aw, Jon Stewart: The former Daily Show host seems to miss the spotlight. When accepting yet another award tonight, he candidly told the crowd, “To everybody on television, I just want to tell you, cling to it, as long as you can, like death…I have been off of television for six weeks, seven weeks, whatever it is. This is the first applause I’ve heard. It is a barren wasteland out there.” We miss you, too, Jon.
Bleep Award:..goes to Game of Thrones‘ D.B. Weiss who said, “When people say they didn’t plan things, I always thought they were full of s–t.”
All Together Now: FINALLY! Jon Hamm has taken home an Emmy for his role in Mad Men. About damn time.
Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis gave a powerful speech upon winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, the first woman of color to ever win this category.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Tracy’s Back: Making a surprise appearance, TracyMorgan, who made his return to the stage to present the final award of the night. “Thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here.”
And the jokes were back, too. “Only recently, I’ve started to feel like myself again, so, which means a whole lot of y’all women gonna get pregnant at the after-party.It’s going down.”