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Bubble blows up: Rihanna invades your multiplex today in "Valerian"

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By Stephen Iervolino

(L-R) “Valerian” director Luc Besson, Rihanna — Credit: Eric Charbonneau

(LOS ANGELES) — Rihanna Navy, get hyped: your girl is landing at your local multiplex this weekend.

The singer stars in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic from director Luc Besson, based on a popular comic book series. Rihanna plays Bubble, a shape-shifting alien. She says when Besson described the part to her, she was hooked.

“Sci-fi movies are always really fun and this one has such a modern twist,” Rihanna says. “There’s a lot of reality in this world that’s not real, and that’s why I think I was [attracted] to it.”

Rihanna also liked working with Besson, the director of The Fifth Element, The Professional and Lucy, because she says he gave her a lot of help on set.

“He is very patient when it comes to working and directing me because I’m very new to the movie world and he’s very considerate of that,” she explains. “He knows exactly how to get what he wants out of you and that’s what a director is.”

As for Bubble, when we first meet her, she’s being forced to perform for patrons in a space cabaret called Glam Club.

“She’s in this place and she has to perform and the thing that makes her feel free is her performing, her being an artist, her becoming whatever and making people happy in that way,” says Rihanna of Bubble. “She’s an entertainer…She’s very sensitive about her art, as all artists are.”

Rihanna’s previous films include 2012’s ill-received Battleship, and the animated movie Home, in which she voiced the main character. She also had cameos in Annie and This Is the End.

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Kerry Washington to receive Women Making History award

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images/Taylor Hill(LOS ANGELES) — Kerry Washington is set to be honored for her significant contributions in film and television.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington is one of three recipients of the sixth annual Woman Making History awards, an honor given by the National Women’s History Museum to women who have made noticeable contributions in their fields.

In addition to Washington, Instagram COO Marne Levine, and SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell will be honored for their work and their “philanthropic endeavors that support young women.”

The three women will be honored on September 16 during a special brunch event at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

“We are extremely proud to honor three women with such innovative and extensive bodies of work,” said NWHM board chair Susan Whiting in a statement. “Kerry Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974,” she said of the actress’ role as Olivia Pope on Scandal.

Past honorees include Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sophia Bush, Rachel Zoe and Rita Moreno.

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Disney Channel’s "Descendants 2" promises more action, more music and more villains

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By Stephen Iervolino

Disney Channel – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Sometimes it’s good to be bad. The Villain Kids — aka VKs — are back for more wicked fun in Descendants 2, the sequel to Disney Channel’s popular 2015 film following the sons and daughters of infamous Disney villains.

The story centers around Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, teens who left their lives on the Isle of the Lost in favor of a better life on the magical land of Auradon. This time around, Mal — Maleficent’s daughter, played by Dove Cameron — finds herself facing off against her nemesis Uma, the daughter of Ursula.

China Anna McClain joins the cast in this film as the scene-stealing Uma.

“Uma is very angry that the four VKs were taken off of the Isle and now get to live in Auradon and have all of this promise and all of this opportunity and she still doesn’t have that,” McClain says. “So, now she’s coming for blood in this movie. She’s getting her revenge.”

Meanwhile, Evie — The Evil Queen’s daughter, played by Sofia Carson — realizes she doesn’t need a prince to give her a happy ending.

“This time around I think she learns a lot about her herself and faces her fear of going back to the Isle and realizing that she can never be ashamed to be who she is,” Carson says.

Director and choreographer Kenny Ortega, who also helmed the popular High School Musical franchise, promises more action, adventure, music and dancing.

“It’s the biggest Disney Channel movie I think we’ve ever made!” Ortega says.

The film, which also stars Cameron Boyce as Carlos the son of Cruella de Vil and Boo Boo Stewart as Jay the son of Jafar, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on multiple networks and platforms including Disney Channel, ABC, Freeform and Lifetime.

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"Girls Trip" Co-Star Kofi Siriboe has "the hugest crush" on co-star Jada Pinkett Smith

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By Stephen Iervolino

Universal – 2017(NEW YORK) — Kofi Siriboe can confidentially say that one of the highlights of his young life is playing Jada Pinkett Smith’s love interest in the new romantic movie comedy, Girls Trip.

Girls Trip stars Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for an exclusive getaway to reignite their wild sides. Kofi plays Malik, a twenty-one year college kid who becomes Pinkett Smith’s boy toy. He still can’t get over the experience of working with his childhood “crush.”

“It’s been such an experience to work with her so intimately… I’ve watched her since I was a kid,” Siriboe tells ABC Radio. “I have the hugest crush on…Jada Pinkett…Like, that was an amazing experience.”

Siriboe says scoring the role was a much needed “change up” from the “social issues” in Queen Sugar and the serious characters he’s played in the past.

“You know I gave it everything. Because it’s a simple role and it’s a lot lighter than like Ralph Angel [from Queen Sugar] or Kicks — anything that I’ve really done,” he explains. “It’s just like it’s fun. It’s really fun-felt — more than anything my role in the film.”

How does Siriboe sum up his Girls Trip role? “I play twenty-one years old, like, this college frat dude, who’s trying to get him some cougar love!”

Girls Night, which also stars Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh and Mike Colter, is in theaters now.

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Will Smith geeks out over "Star Wars" at Comic-Con

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Getty Images/Albert L. Ortega(SAN DIEGO) — At Comic-Con, everyone’s a fan, even multimillionaire celebrity superstar actors like Will Smith. Smith was on hand at the annual event in San Diego to promote his new project, Bright — Netflix’s first big foray into splashy action movie territory. But he couldn’t help geeking out about Star Wars like any other Comic-Con attendee.

Smith said his world changed when he saw Star Wars when he was about 10, and he’d never seen anything like it.

“For this generation, you’ve already seen magnificent things in movies and the special effects and what people can do, but when Star Wars came out it was impossible,” the star said. “Like, there weren’t special effects — you couldn’t do that. So, it’s like, we were just completely blown away and for my entire life I’ve been chasing and trying to give that feeling to, to fans.”

He added, emphatically, “I have never been smashed like that in a movie theater. It was like my mind was boggled.”

Smith said he’s built his career on trying to give fans the same experience he had when he first saw Star Wars.

“There was nothing that I had ever experienced in my life that, that matched that point of ecstasy. And, I had sex a few years later, and that was pretty… it was close, I mean close, but no Star Wars, you know, so…”

Smith’s Suicide Squad director David Ayer debuted the full trailer for Bright, which he also directed. Ayer said he loved working with Netflix, while seemingly slamming Suicide Squad, which underwent extensive retooling from Warner Bros. before it was released.

“This isn’t like some b******* PG-13 standard-issue studio movie, I mean, this is like, I was able to do my s*** here, right?” he said. “I was able to really tell a f****** story, OK? I was able to, like, do my thing.”

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