Anne Hathaway channels Miley Cyrus, performs ‘Wrecking Ball’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

Anne Hathaway gives an award-winning performance as Miley Cyrus. The 32-year-old Oscar winner channels the 21-year-old wild child on this week's episode of "Lip Sync Battle" when she performs Cyrus' hit "Wrecking Ball" for the Spike TV show. The red-lipped Hathaway stripped down to white underwear, a crop top and boots to mimic Cyrus' racy display from her memorable 2013 music video. The brunette beauty stunned the crowd by actually swinging from a wrecking ball and throwing up her middle finger. On the episode, airing Thursday, Hathaway will compete against her "Devil Wears Prada" co-star Emily Blunt. In the teaser, the 32-year-old English actress can barely keep a straight face during the theatrical scene. Hathaway will clearly be a tough act to follow. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Kim Kardashian channels Marilyn Monroe for Vogue Brazil

Kim Kardashian is channeling the original blond bombshell. The 34-year-old reality star covered the June issue of Vogue Brazil with a familiar look to Hollywood beauty Marilyn Monroe. In one cover shot, Kardashian bares her midriff while in another she shows off her cleavage with elbow-length leather gloves. Inside the glossy, the sultry starlet goes topless and covers up her lady bits with only her crossed arms. The vision for the shoot was aimed toward a "2015 version" of Monroe and Kardashian conveniently happened to be sporting her dyed platinum hair at the time. Mrs. West has since shed the bold 'do for her signature dark brown locks. Kardashian took to Instagram to share a glamorous behind-the-scenes video from the sexy set for the fashion mag. The vision for the shoot was aimed toward a "2015 version" of Monroe, left.  The selfie queen expressed her admiration for Monroe back in February around the time of her Super Bowl T-Mobile commercial, telling a fan she longed to pose for a pic with the famous icon. "@UpdateJenner My dad Or Jesus. Or Marilyn Monroe. I can't decide. ^KKW #KimsDataStash," she responded to the question of who she would take a selfie with, dead or alive. Continue Reading

History channel tells how Texas evolved from untamed chaos to America’s 28th state in ‘Texas Rising’

Texas doesn’t do “small.” Neither does the History channel in “Texas Rising,” a complex, sprawling account of how, in less than a decade, Texas evolved from the epicenter of untamed chaos to America’s 28th state. That story will be shoehorned into five nights, starting Monday at 9 p.m. on History — and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Texas independence hero Deaf Smith, says making order out of a production this size was a challenge for the actors, too. “You don’t have any idea how your performance looked,” says Morgan. “Every night I’d go home and say, ‘I sucked.’ “We trusted (director) Roland (Joffé). We all trusted him. That’s usually not the case, but in this production it was.” Bill Paxton, who plays Texas founding father Sam Houston, notes that “Texas Rising” picks up right about where most moviegoers’ experience with the birth of Texas ends. When we join the story in March of 1836, the Alamo and its small ragtag band of defenders has just been overwhelmed and wiped out by a massive Mexican army under General Santa Anna. “We all watched John Wayne and the Alamo story,” says Paxton, who happens to be a Texas native. “It’s fixed in all of our minds. But that was just the beginning of the story.” “Texas Rising” starts with Houston trying to hold a few hundred restless men together in some semblance of an army that might have a legitimate chance to secure the massive Texas territory. His obstacles were formidable. Mexico wanted the territory, too. Native Americans held their own claims, and even the more recent European settlers had divided into different groups. Some of those groups were of the mind that there was no point in cluttering up this wide-open land with a lot of annoying rules and laws. From the Alamo legend, it might Continue Reading

Maya Rudolph channels Beyoncé while singing national anthem at Tulane University graduation

Maya Rudolph gave Tulane University graduates something they'll surely never forget. The comedian capped her commencement speech to the class of 2015 in New Orleans on Saturday with a unique rendition of the national anthem. Rudolph, who gives a mean Beyoncé  impersonation, tapped into the diva within to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with riffs and high notes and a whole lot of emotion. Maya Rudolph does a mean Beyoncé impersonation and channeled the musical diva at the Tulane graduation Saturday. She even incorporated snippets of Queen Bey's "Single Ladies" and "Drunk in Love" as well as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to the delight of the audience, who could be heard cheering and laughing throughout Rudolph's performance. "B to the R to the A to the V to the E," she sang loudly before giving a final roaring, "BRAVE!" ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Mo’ne Davis, who pitched a shutout in Little League World Series, to have her story told in Disney Channel movie

NEW YORK (AP) — Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis will be the subject of a Disney Channel movie. The network says development is underway on the biographical film, titled “Throw Like Mo.” It will tell the story of the 13-year-old who last summer made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. A member of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, Davis then became the first Little Leaguer to make the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. She will serve as a consult on the movie, which she hopes will encourage viewers to believe that dreams can really come true. Disney Channel did not specify an airdate or cast. But Davis says she can’t wait to get started. Continue Reading

Travel Channel’s ‘Big Crazy Family Adventure’ stars a world-class clan of explorers

“Are we there yet?” Imagine how many times your kids could whine that during a 13,000-mile road trip. The Kirkby family took a 96-day journey with their sons, 7 and 4. They left their Kimberley, B.C., home for a remote monastery in Ladakh, India, and never boarded a plane. They traveled by canoe, cargo ship, ferry, bullet train, riverboat, taxis, pony, elephant and rickshaw. Their odyssey, chronicled in “Big Crazy Family Adventure,” debuted Sunday on the Travel Channel, and has been streaming on, available on the channel’s app and on VOD platforms for more than two weeks. The project marks the first time the station is releasing a season of a show before it premieres on air. “We wanted to see everything in between,” Bruce Kirkby says of the adventure. “An airplane is like a time machine. It diminishes time and space. You take off from North America and you land in the morning and you are in Asia.” Kirkby, who worked as a guide and journalist, had long traveled with his wife, Christine Pitkanen. When their sons Bodi, 8, and Taj, 3, were infants, they began taking them along. During this trip, they visited North Base Camp at Mount Everest, before the recent earthquake. They walked along the Great Wall in China. And Kirkby was close enough to the DMZ between North and South Korea that he was ordered back in his car. The boys loved the cargo ship, where Pitkanen insisted they wear lifejackets, because the safety railings were not intended for children. The boys shuddered at some of the food, such as larvae, though Bodi says that “eating a scorpion was good because it was fried.” Still, there were moments — particularly when on a boat on the Ganges, where it was 110 degrees and they stayed below because of swarms of mosquitoes — that Pitkanen says she wondered, “What are we doing this for?” But they knew why. “We Continue Reading

Amtrak crash victim Justin Zemser mourned by Beach Channel High School football coach Victor Nazario

Victor Nazario had a major decision to make. It was just a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaways in the fall of 2012 and the neighborhood's local high school football team - Beach Channel - had a playoff game scheduled for the next weekend, so Nazario, the Dolphins head coach, needed to decide whether they'd play or pack it in. Nazario decided to ask his team's senior captain, Justin Zemser, what the players wanted to do since the team's final two regular season games were cancelled. "When all that happened he was the one I reached out to," Nazario said Wednesday. "I asked, 'what do you want to do?' And he said, 'Let's play.'" RELATED: JUSTIN ZEMSER REMEMBERED AS 'WONDERFUL' Beach Channel lost the game at Port Richmond but Nazario's memory of how Zemser brought his teammates together under such adverse conditions took on new meaning for the coach just hours after he learned that Zemser was one of the eight people confirmed killed in Tuesday night's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. Nazario was choked up and broke down several times while talking to the Daily News about Zemser, whom he called a "hard-working, disciplined, honorable young man." Zemser was a linebacker and running back during his senior season at Beach Channel. Nazario said their relationship far exceeded that of a traditional player/coach relationship, with the two of them bonding over their mutual love of lizards and turtles. Nazario said he often asked Zemser what to feed certain creatures. "We were friends," Nazario said. After Zemser enrolled in the Navy following graduation, they lost touch for a while, partly because Nazario had replaced his cell phone and lost his contacts. They spoke about a month ago but it is the conversations they had during Zemser's senior year that Nazario cherishes most. Zemser asked his coach everything he could about the military since Continue Reading

Hackers claiming ISIS ties seize control of French network TV5 Monde’s channels

PARIS — Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group seized control of a French television network, simultaneously blacking out 11 channels and taking over the network's website and social media accounts. The attack appeared to be an unprecedented step in the extremists' information warfare tactics. The hackers briefly cut transmission of 11 channels belonging to TV5 Monde and took over its websites and social media accounts starting Wednesday night. The channel's director, Yves Bigot, said the attack was continuing Thursday morning. He told RTL radio that the network has restored its signal but can only broadcast recorded programs. The Islamic extremist group has claimed complex hackings before, but the ability to black out a global television network appeared without precedent. The Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday it has opened an investigation into the attack. Bigot said he was shaken when he saw the black screen across the network's broadcasts "and when we discovered the sense of the message appearing on our social media and our websites, it both allowed us to understand what was happening and obviously worried us." In a Facebook message that went up after the network resumed control of the site, Bigot said the "very powerful cyberattack" began Wednesday at 10 p.m. The message on the TV5 Monde website read in part "I am IS" with a banner by a group that called itself Cybercaliphate. That was replaced later Thursday by a simple message saying that it was undergoing maintenance. A group with the same name hacked Newsweek's Twitter feed in February. Prime Minister Manuel Valls, on his Twitter account, called the attack "an unacceptable insult to freedom of information and expression" and expressed his support for the editorial staff. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin visited the channel's Paris headquarters Thursday. TV5 Continue Reading

Tia Mowry brings viewers into her world with ‘Tia Mowry at Home’ on the Cooking Channel

This sister act is going solo. When Tia Mowry begins her new Cooking Channel show, “Tia Mowry at Home,” on Wednesday, her twin and “Sister, Sister” co-star Tamera will be steering clear of the kitchen. “This is definitely a private project that I’m keeping about me, and opening up my world,” says Mowry, 36. “You’ll get to learn a lot more about me, and who I am outside of being an actress.” The show (9 p.m.) follows a reality series recipe by spotlighting its host doing yoga, shooting hoops with her friends or spending quality time with her husband, “American Sniper” actor Cory Hardrict, and their 3-year-old son, Cree. “It’s not just about me being in the kitchen telling people how to cook – it’s a behind-the-scenes of my life, and that’s why I’m so excited about it,” she says. But there will still be cooking, of course, and the busy mom dishes out plenty of tips for other mothers struggling to find time to pull a family dinner together. “Being a mom is hard,” says Mowry. “But I don’t want people to feel like they always have to go straight to the TV dinner, or go to the fast food, because you have a busy, hectic life. This show is for women who live very busy lives, whether they’re moms who work or moms who stay at home.” Mowry’s signature courses include healthy meals she can whip up in big batches than can be reheated and served later in the week, such as spaghetti with turkey meatballs, lentil stew or her husband’s favorite, grilled lollipop lamb chops. The key is to make sauces or prep vegetables in advance. “Put them in the freezer or the refrigerator, and then when you’re ready to cook, you don’t have to worry about cutting vegetables or making sauces, because that’s what usually takes up the most time,” she says. She also sneaks healthy Continue Reading

‘Breaking Borders,’ review: Travel Channel looks for fresh insights on a Palestine menu

The Travel Channel’s newest series starts with an episode that’s disturbing, which isn’t the adjective that usually gets tacked onto travel shows. But it’s disturbing in a way that’s thought-provoking, while at the same time giving us an honest tour of one of the world’s most interesting pieces of land. “Breaking Borders” aims to visit places where there is ongoing tension, and see if the universal language of food can at least open a conversation. So host Mariana van Zeller is accompanied by chef Michael Voltaggio, and their first stop is Palestine, where Israelis and Palestinian Arabs coexist with, at best, unease. Much of the show is devoted to a quick tour of the city, noting areas of particular contention. It’s a great summation for viewers who usually find references like “West Bank” simply confusing. We also see Voltaggio hunting through shops and markets to find food that will be acceptable under the dietary laws of both Orthodox Jews and Palestinians. This in itself provides a fascinating sub-tour of the city. It all builds to the dinner, where guests include both Israeli settlers and Palestinians who want Israeli settlers to just get out. Not surprisingly, the conversation has sharp edges, and no one pretends it will end with a group hug and peace in our time. Still, the dialogue is civil enough to be illuminating, not just angry. Combine that with the historical tour and the shopping expedition, and you have a show that’s about a lot more than travel. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading