Star Wars Celebration Debuts New Teaser For “The Last Jedi”

Star Wars Celebration Debuts New Teaser For “The Last Jedi”
April 14 (UPI) -- Starting at 11 a.m. EST, Star Wars Celebration in Orlando continues with a special panel dedicated to the next film in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. Set to feature appearances from writer-director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy along with a number of surprise guests, the panel is expected to debut the first footage of The Last Jedi. Also broadcasting live Friday is a special tribute to Carrie Fisher from Mark Hamill starting at 5:30 p.m. EST. Star Wars Celebration hosted a special star-studded panel Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope which opened in theaters in May of 1977. On hand were a number of Star Wars franchise star including Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Warwick Davis, Hayden Christensen and Liam Neeson and Samuel L. Jackson who appeared in video... More

Robert Pattinson says a ‘Twilight’ reboot could be ‘fun’

Robert Pattinson says a ‘Twilight’ reboot could be ‘fun’
April 14 (UPI) -- Twilight star Robert Pattinson says a reboot could be "quite fun." The 30-year-old English actor said in an interview with Yahoo! Movies that he'd be open to reprising Edward Cullen in a new Twilight film if the movie was "radical" and "subverted" expectations. "I mean, I'm always kind of curious," Pattinson admitted. "Anything where there's a mass audience -- or seemingly an audience for it -- I always like the idea of subverting people's expectations." "There could be some radical way of doing it, which would be quite fun," he said. "It's always difficult when there's no source material. But, yeah, I'm always curious." Pattinson played Edward in Twilight (2008) and its four sequels, which earned over $3.3 billion at the box office. He reflected positively on his time with the series in an interview with NME in 2015. " something that ended up being... More

Ryan Phillippe says he’s not dating Katy Perry: ‘Stop flying helicopters over my house’

Ryan Phillippe says he’s not dating Katy Perry: ‘Stop flying helicopters over my house’
April 10 (UPI) -- Shooter and Gosford Park star Ryan Phillippe has emphatically denied via Twitter rumors claiming he and pop singer Katy Perry are a couple. "I AM NOT DATING KATY PERRY. BARELY KNOW HER. PLEASE STOP FLYING HELICOPTERS OVER MY HOUSE. SHE IS NOT HERE," the actor tweeted Sunday. "thx." E! News said Phillippe's statement arrives after tabloid reports said the two were flirting at Elton John's birthday party. Phillippe, 42, was previously married to actress Reese Witherspoon. Perry, 32, is divorced from comedian Russell Brand. She was most recently romantically linked to actor Orlando Bloom. More

Britney Spears’ ‘Piece of Me’ show to close at Planet Hollywood in Vegas

Britney Spears’ ‘Piece of Me’ show to close at Planet Hollywood in Vegas
Britney Spears' manager says the pop singer will wrap her Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas at the end of this year. Larry Rudolph told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the 35-year-old headliner will leave the Axis theater when her contract with Caesars Entertainment expires. Spears' publicist, Jeff Raymond, also confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the show will end on Dec. 31. Spears has a number of international concert dates lined up this summer, but her plans for 2018 have not yet been determined. Rudolph said she might take a break or do another show at a different Vegas venue. "She might tour, she might work on a new album," he said. "It's too early to talk specifics about anything." More

Thor battles Hulk in first ‘Ragnarok’ teaser trailer

Thor battles Hulk in first ‘Ragnarok’ teaser trailer
April 10 (UPI) -- Marvel released a first teaser trailer Monday for Thor: Ragnarok. The preview sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) take on the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator battle in order to return to Asgard and defeat the villainess Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor: Ragnarok is a sequel to the standalone films Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), and takes place after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). The movie is directed by What We Do in the Shadows helmer Taika Waititi. " just absolutely fabulous," Blanchett told Entertainment Weekly in October. "I do love Chris in these movies -- he has that really playful side of him that he gets to truck out." "The whole thing was just a riot and fantastic fun," she added. " just got such a sure hand ... And he's irreverent, which is great because Marvel, at its best,... More

Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Munn split after 3 years of dating

Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Munn split after 3 years of dating
April 7 (UPI) -- Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn have reportedly called it quits. The 33-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback and 36-year-old actress recently broke up after three years of dating, according to People. "They have amicably ended their relationship of three years," a source told the magazine. " remain close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward." E! News reported Rodgers and Munn were "just on two different pages in life" and that the actress was the one that "called the break." An insider predicted a reconciliation may happen in the future. "They were great together -- never had fights, so getting back together can be possible, but as of now, they need time," the source said. Rodgers and Munn were the subject of engagement rumors in January after the actress was spotted wearing a ring on her left hand. Munn thanked Packers fans... More

National Beer Day: Five oddest beers

National Beer Day: Five oddest beers
April 7 (UPI) -- April 7 marks National Beer Day in the United States, an unofficial holiday celebrating the end of the Prohibition. The Cullen-Harrison act in 1933 allowed Americans to purchase beer again and beer enthusiasts throughout the world have spent the following decades brewing the alcoholic drink in creative and unusual ways. In honor of National Beer Day, UPI Odd News presents five of the strangest and most unconventional beers to be produced since the beverage was made available for purchase again more than 80 years ago. 1. A brew made just for you England's Meantime Brewing Company exemplified how science has advanced the brewing process by creating beers using genetic profile data from the customer's DNA. The brewery partnered with genetics firm 23andMe to assess the gene known as TAS2R38, which is responsible for oral taste receptors to design a beer catered to an individual customer. "If... More

Why does Joe Manganiello think he was put on the planet?

Why does Joe Manganiello think he was put on the planet?
March 31 (UPI) -- Joe Manganiello says he was "put on the planet" to be with wife Sofia Vergara. The 40-year-old actor couldn't help but gush about the 44-year-old actress while discussing their high-profile marriage in the April issue of Ocean Drive magazine. "I just married the girl that I love. That was it," Manganiello said when asked if he ever expected to be part of a celebrity couple. "I really do believe that we were put on the planet to be with each other." "From the first date, it was just like wow! It was so easy in all the ways that you want it to be easy and challenging in all of the most fun ways possible. So I knew right away and that was it," he added. Manganiello and Vergara married in 2015 in Palm Beach, Fla., after more than a year of dating. The actor, who... More

Pop superstar eyed for voice of Nala in Lion King remake

Pop superstar eyed for voice of Nala in Lion King remake
March 31 (UPI) -- Music superstar Beyonce may voice Nala in a forthcoming Lion King remake. The 35-year-old singer is director Jon Favreau's first choice to star with Donald Glover in the new Disney movie, according to Variety. Sources stressed Beyonce has yet to make a decision, but said Favreau and the studio "will do whatever it takes" to accommodate her schedule. The star announced in February that she's pregnant and expecting twins with husband Jay Z. " harder time this pregnancy with keeping up her energy, she loves being pregnant," an insider told E! News last week. The Lion King remake was confirmed in September with Favreau at the helm. The film will be a live-action and animation hybrid -- similar to Disney's new Jungle Book, which Favreau also directed. Glover was announced in February as the voice of Simba, with James Earl Jones to reprise... More

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel titled announced

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel titled announced
March 29 (UPI) -- Disney has revealed the title of its Wreck-It Ralph sequel -- Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. "OFFICIAL TITLE! We can't wait to break it! Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits theaters on March 9, 2018," the studio announced in a Facebook post Tuesday. The movie will once again follow the lives and adventures of video-game characters. Returning for the sequel are the voice stars of the 2012 blockbuster Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Rich Moore is also back to direct. "From the moment we started working on the first Wreck-It Ralph, we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters," Moore said when the project was first green-lit in June. "This time, Ralph's wrecking wreaks havoc on the Web -- as only he can do. Characters we loved in the first film are... More