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Justin Bieber Detained by Customs at LAX

Premiere Of Open Road Films' "Justin Bieber's Believe" - Arrivals
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Sorry folks, but it doesn't look like he's being deported. The singer was held for "routine secondary questioning," spending two hours at the airport while his entourage waited for him, after he arrived on a flight from Tokyo

Justin Bieber was detained at Los Angeles International Airport by U.S. Customs officials on Thursday after returning from Asia.

The singer was held for “routine secondary questioning,” according to People, and is not blocked from re-entering the the United States. Bieber reportedly has spent more than two hours at the airport after arriving on a flight from Tokyo. His entourage is waiting for him.

Bieber was arrested in January in Miami Beach for driving under the influence. Less than a week later, Canadian police charged him with suspicion of assaulting a limousine driver. He was also recently named a suspect in an egging incident at a neighbor’s house in his gated Calabasas, California community.

A petition asking the White House to deport the Canadian native following several arrests has gotten more than 274,000 signatures. But the White House issued a statement Monday saying it would not comment on the petition. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” reads the statement.

[People]

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Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez: “We Think They Should Count Again”

This successful husband and wife team won't "Let it Go" to their heads

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They’ve been name one of the most influential couples in the world, but the husband and wife who wrote the music for “Frozen” think someone might have made a mistake. “The fact that we’re even on this list made us laugh really hard,” says composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez.”We wrote the music for a Disney princess movie!” Not just a Disney princess movie, THE Disney princess movie. Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time and a bona fide cultural phenomenon, as anyone knows who’s enjoyed the indelible ear worm from the film, Let it Go. The song-writing stars are hardly strangers to success, having won Tonys, Emmys, and Grammys for their work on hit Broadway musicals like Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, and the children’s TV hit The Wonder Pets. But it was their soundtrack for Frozen that sold 2.3 million copies and won them a (first) Oscar. That made Robert Lopez a member of an elite group who have scored an EGOT — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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Name That Influencer on the TIME 100

How well do you know the most influential people in the world? One slide has a clue, and the next has the answer. Click through and see how many you can identify

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Key & Peele: “It’s All Downhill From Here”

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After TIME selected them as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele joke that they may have peaked early.

Despite the duo’s combined 11 years on MADtv and numerous television and film roles, they didn’t become household names until 2012 when their eponymous sketch-comedy show “Key & Peele” debuted on Comedy Central in 2012.

Now that they have been called out for their influence, they say are honored, and a bit surprised: “I was curious who numbers 2 through 100 would be,” Peele said. False braggadocio aside, the pair are both humble and hilarious.

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Toni Collette on Lucky Them: “I’m Kind of a Lazy Actor”

The actress stars alongside Thomas Haden Church in a charming new film about confronting the past in Seattle's music scene

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April marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death, and Lucky Them, which screens at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, revolves around another departed Seattle music hero — albeit a fictional one.

Toni Collette plays Ellie Klug, a veteran rock journalist weathering a series of hopeless flings with much younger musicians, as well as the decline of print media. When Ellie’s editor gives her an ultimatum — deliver a killer story or pack your bags — she resolves to learn the truth about what happened to her ex-boyfriend Matthew Smith, the legendary songwriter who disappeared 10 years before.

Wealthy former flame Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), who decides to make a documentary about Ellie despite his hatred of rock music, tags along for the journey about self-discovery and letting go of the past. TIME caught up with Collette and Church to talk about their friendship, shooting in the Pacific Northwest and the movie’s surprise cameo.

TIME: What attracted you to the script?

Toni Collette: What each of the characters go through, the journey, the changes that they make, the humor, the tone — when there’s something that’s incredibly moving and then incredibly funny, slapping you around left and right. It’s really weird actually, I’m kind of a lazy actor. If I know that I can do it, then I want to do it. I don’t actually look at something and go, “Oh, I can’t do that, I should try and do it.” I immediately feel like, “I can do that.” Do you get that?

Thomas Haden Church: Well, I was involved in the movie for so long, whenever I would visit [the character] over the almost seven years I was attached, it was just, “Oh, there’s that guy, and some day I might be that guy in this movie.” This sort of wealthy guy who’s a philanthropist [yet] at the same time has this quirky sensibility that’s unsatisfied. When he meets Ellie again and he becomes aware of what she wants to do, he wants to attach himself in some way because of his curiosity. Finding a guy that everyone thinks is dead, the fact that she’s a rock journalist and I don’t like rock music, wanting to know why people do like rock music — we just go on this journey together. I just always thought they were intriguing characters and they really, in such an untoward way, help each other and, further into the movie, start to genuinely care about each other.

Charlie’s personality seems hard to pin down — he’s hilariously awkward, but he also seems very self-aware at the same time. Does he just not care because he’s super wealthy?

Church: Those are all very astute observations, because it was something that was discussed a lot. He is a socially awkward guy but also has this bizarre confidence that might be informed by his independent accomplishments financially. We just briefly touch on it, but his family at one point had been wealthy and lost all of their wealth and came up in that enigma. They used to be so elite, and then they lose it, and then they regain it. I think there’s going to be an inherent frailty, but the undercurrent is, “I can always take care of myself.”

Collette: I think that’s a similarity, right? Between the two characters?

Church: It’s very much a similarity. She has this outward shell of invulnerability when, in fact, she’s incredibly vulnerable and goes through all of these fleeting arrangements. It’s because she is completely unfulfilled since she was with Matthew, which makes opening that corridor so much more painful. Charlie’s there not only observing it all, but documenting it on a camera, which takes the pain to another level. When she’s going through stories of her childhood and teenage years and how awkward it was to lose her virginity, she’s telling Charlie these stories, but here’s this camera. The pain is taken to a different level of examination. Like even worse than a therapist! A therapist with a videographer.

Collette: I think it’s really common for people to feel frustrated in their lives and want to make change but either don’t know how to, or they do know how to and they’re too scared to actually do it. That’s where Ellie begins, and through this kind of very unlikely bond — friendship, ultimately — it all starts to open up.

Church: They started to need each other

Collette: They allow themselves to soften. Allowing yourself to feel vulnerable after feeling loss and pain and building all those walls for so many years, that’s basically what she does.

Ellie and Charlie spend a lot of time in the car together, and while Lucky Them isn’t exactly a hardcore road trip movie, that is a big part of the story.

Church: Oh yeah!

Collette: They dabble, and they return.

Is being trapped in an RV the secret to their partnership?

Collette: Concentrated time in a very small space together? Yeah, I think that does something to people.

Did the cast take any road trips together? Washington looks stunning.

Church: Making the movie was a road trip. We’re in the car alone, we’re in the RV sometimes alone, but yeah, the roadtrip of the movie, of making the film, of getting to know Toni. The first week, I didn’t know her at all, but the third week really felt like we were starting to enjoy each other’s company, and by the end of the movie, really enjoying the friendship and looking for Toni. Getting to to set and wanting to find Toni and make her laugh and make her smile or talk about something.

Collette: “Where’s my buddy?”

Church: Even though you don’t shoot a movie chronologically, not always, it was very much developing a friendship with somebody, and I do think it has a very similar arc to the characters.

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In the movie, Ellie and Charlie set out to discover what really happened to her ex-boyfriend and musician Matthew Smith. In a small, uncredited role, he’s played by Johnny Depp. Was that twist a surprise for you as much as it is for audiences?

Church: That only came together the week before he did it. I was attached back in 2006 and even then, Emily Wachtel, the writer-producer, she always talked about how Johnny was the perfect actor to play that character.

Collette: Everyone said, “You’re dreaming.”

Church: Including me!

Collette: And me! Everyone.

I thought it was a perfect fit.

Collette: It is, ultimately.

Of all the actors out there, Johnny Depp seems particularly mythologized.

Collette: Which is why Emily wanted him to do it, because he does possess that. People project so much on him, and there he is, the real person fixing a fence.

Church: I know him a little bit and have for a long time, and he always wanted to be enigmatic, but in a meaningful way, not in an “I’m an untouchable guy living in France” way. Everyone’s like, “He lives on island!”—I see him in L.A. all the time. He wanted people to think he was removed and disconnected, and it’s perfect for Matthew. It was the perfect enigma.

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It’s a Boy For Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

The proud parents welcomed their baby boy with a joke.

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Olivia Wilde announced the birth of her son on Wednesday by tweeting, “Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building (I’m the building).”

Wilde and Sudeikis had joked on the red carpet at the Oscars about naming their boy “Chiwetel” after 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, but settled instead on Otis Alexander. The couple’s first child arrived two weeks before Wilde’s due date. With the new baby, Wilde and Sudeikis’ marriage plans — they’ve been engaged for over a year — will probably have to wait.

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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Denies Sexual Abuse Claims

The director called accusations that he sexually abused a teenage boy between the years of 1998 and 1999 in California and Hawaii "outrageous, vicious and completely false." Singer will forgo the press tour before the X-Men premiere

After days of silence, director Bryan Singer denied Thursday allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Singer was accused in court papers filed April 16 of sexually abusing a teenage boy between the years of 1998 and 1999 in California and Hawaii. The plaintiff, Michael F. Egan III, claims the director coerced him into sexual acts by promising him a part in a Marvel Comics’ X-Men films.

Singer, whose newest movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, hits theater on May 23, released the following statement:

The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false.

I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.

Singer’s lawyer denied the claims when they were first filed. “It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,” said Singer’s attorney.

[THR]

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REVIEW: In The Other Woman, Sisterhood Is Silly

THE OTHER WOMAN
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Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and swimsuit fetish Kate Upton flail away in this mostly annoying female revenge comedy

One tipoff to the desperation level in any romantic comedy: dogs. If the movie’s makers are flailing for laughs, they often summon some poor pooch to register reaction shots at the purported merriment. See? Cause it’s funny!

Melissa J. Stack and Nick Cassavetes, the writer and the director of The Other Woman, must have felt especially unconfident about their human characters, because they went whole hog (well, whole dog) with a Great Dane in the custody of Kate King, the wronged spouse played by Leslie Mann. When Kate visits the SoHo pad of her husband’s mistress, chic attorney Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), the beast unloads a few giant turds on Carly’s gleaming floor. Later, in a cramped sports car, it whiplashes Carly’s face with its very public private parts.

The female revenge comedy is as old as Lysistrata (411 B.C.) and, in movies, as fitfully popular as 9 to 5 (1980) and The First Wives Club (1996). So no one begrudges the racy, PG-13 rated The Other Woman for offering its comeuppance scenario against Kate’s serial philanderer husband Mark. Played by Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a kind of Aaron Eckhart 2.0, with equal parts charm and sleaze, he seems like Carly’s Mr. Right: thoughtful and generous as he pours on the love syrup. Even if he’s too good to be true, Carly says with a CinemaScope smile, “I just want to stay in the bubble, just a little while longer.” But the bubble bursts when Mark skips out on a date, citing drainage problems at his suburban home. Carly shows up in sexy plumber’s gear like the sexiest Strippergram, and finds Kate.

(READ: Our cover story on The First Wives Club by subscribing to TIME)

Comicplications ensue, a few involving the Great Dane, and build when the two women learn that Mark is sampling yet another side dish, the buxom Amber (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton), vacationing with him on a Miami beach. “You smell amazing — what is that?” Kate marvels, despite herself. Amber: “I think it’s just sweat.” The mandatory trio of women — one smart, one frumpy, one sexy, like Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in 9 to 5, or Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn in The First Wives Club — may now officially convene. In Carly’s succinct phrase: “The lawyer, the wife and the boobs.”

We know Carly’s the brains: diplomas from Cornell and Columbia are prominently displayed in her office. And Kate is, for most of the movie, a screeching idiot — not just because she’s prone to self-flagellation (“I feel that I have to go to Brain Camp”) and panic attacks in the lobby of Carly’s law firm (“Does this window open?“) but because she repeats each of these lines about a half-dozen times. Looking far finer than she usually does in her husband Judd Apatow’s comedies, but channeling a few of Kristen Wiig’s most grating Saturday Night Live characters — say, a sour mixture of Gilly, Dooneese and Sexy Shana — Mann gives either a fearless reading of poor Kate or an unrelentingly shrill one.

(READ: Mary Pols on Kristen Wiig and Judd Apatow’s Bridesmaids)

The two stars are meant to provide comic counterpoint — Mann whining, “I’m sad,” and Diaz snapping, “Then cry on the inside, like a man” — but they often give the impression of appearing simultaneously in different movies. Diaz, 41, who’s been playing the sensible, likable siren for half her life (since The Mask in 1994) handles the badinage as if she’s in an upmarket romp with a three-digit IQ. It’s left to Mann, 42, to drag Diaz into the clumsy farce gags, as when she shoves her out of a second-story window or pretends Diaz’s legs are her own after they stumble into some shrubbery.

The same bifurcation applies to the supporting male characters: Don Johnson as Carly’s five-time-divorced dad — the last time from one of his daughter’s sorority sisters — and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) as Kate’s impossibly sweet and handsome brother. Kinney’s only function is to give Diaz an eventual dreamboat mate, as Coster-Waldau’s is to be ritually humiliated, the way every cheating skunk should. The estrogen and hair-removal supplements that Kate has been putting in Mark’s morning health drink have given him prominent nipples and a patch of baldness — embarrassments that somehow disappear before his tryst with Amber. His final unmanning, complete with broken nose, is served up at Carly’s office by the now-empowered female trio.

(READ: Richard Schickel on Cameron Diaz in What Happens in Vegas)

And yet, all three women are less watchable and amusing that Nicki Minaj as Carly’s legal assistant Lydia. Here’s someone who enjoys a job she doesn’t feel the need to excel in — “It’s like having a hobby that pays well” — and dispenses the working-girl wisdom that “Selfish people live longer.” In her first onscreen movie role (after voice work in Ice Age: Continental Drift), the rapper proves herself star material. Utterly relaxed, she delivers her lines in a silky or growly tone and represents the note of skepticism that The Other Woman could use more of.

Instead, Minaj disappears while the film goes away, and awry, with the lawyer, the wife and the boobs. Also, the dog.

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Book-to-Miniseries Adaptations Are Having a Moment

JK Rowling Hosts Fundraising Event For Charity 'Lumos'
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J. K. Rowling's 2012 novel The Casual Vacancy is coming to HBO, and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is likely headed to TV as well

HBO is teaming up with J. K. Rowling for the previously announced adaptation of her first non-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy. The network is co-producing the miniseries with the BBC, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

The news comes a month after the production company behind The Hunger Games movies announced it would bring The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer-winning novel by TIME 100 honoree Donna Tartt, to either the big screen or — more likely — television.

“We are looking for the right filmmaker, and then we’ll choose the right home based on that filmmaker,” Color Force studio executive Nina Jacobson told The Wrap. “We’ve been thinking we are more likely to make a limited series for TV. There’s so much scope to the book. At the same time, a filmmaker could come in with a perspective that changes our mind.”

Both moves makes sense: Trying to compress hundreds of pages of Rowling’s writing into a feature film means plenty of source material is left on the cutting room floor, as fans of the author have no doubt learned from eight Harry Potter movies, which kicked off the trend of splitting series’ final installments into multiple parts. Tartt’s rich and expansive novel is no quick read, either: The novels spans several years and follows its protagonist from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam across nearly 800 pages.

“As Hollywood has increasingly shied away from difficult literary works in favor of blockbuster comic-book reboots and sequels, a growing number of novels are coming to television instead,” Alexandra Alter wrote last year in The Wall Street Journal for a piece about novelists flocking to TV.

It doesn’t always work out: As Alter notes, plans for an HBO miniseries based on Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad fell apart two years after the book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011, and the network also passed on an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections.

Still, miniseries do have a higher (and cooler) profile than they did a year ago: Shows like True Detective (though HBO submitted it to the Emmys as a drama, not a miniseries) and FX’s Fargo are both critically acclaimed, and the Television Academy voted to separate the Emmy’s miniseries and TV movie categories this past February after a declining number of miniseries led to their merge in 2011. It’s a promising sign — and if they get Vacancy and Goldfinch right, expect the form to only become more popular.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Superstar Yao Chen

"Firestorm" Macau Premiere
Yao Chen attends "Firestorm" press conference during the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival on Dec. 13, 2013 in Macau ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images

The Chinese actress is one of TIME's 100 most influential people — but American audiences may be unfamiliar with her on-screen work

Some of Yao Chen’s work goes beyond language barriers. The Chinese actress, who has been named one of the most influential people in the world on this year’s TIME 100 list, does more than grace the big and small screen. As Hannah Beech, TIME’s China bureau chief, notes in her explanation of why the actress deserves the honor, Yao has 66 millon followers on Weibo, a Chinese service along the lines of Twitter, and uses her access to fans to speak out on topics from pollution to censorship.

But when it comes to her acting roles, language has so far meant that she may be unfamiliar to potential followers. So, if you’re new to Yao Chen and don’t speak or read Chinese, here are a few ways you can get to know her work:

Color Me Love

This rom-com won date-night raves and comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada when it was released in 2010. Yao stars as the Anne Hathaway analog, with a demanding fashion-editor boss and an artist boyfriend who may be bad news. The movie is available with English subtitles on DVD and Blu-ray.

My Lucky Star

This 2013 caper is a prequel to Yao’s 2009 movie Sophie’s Revenge; Yao has a small-ish role as a friend of star Ziyi Zhang (The Grandmaster), whose character gets accidentally caught up in a jewel heist. The movie is available with English subtitles on DVD and Blu-ray. (Fun fact: Director Dennie Gordon is best known for her work on American TV series, from Dawson’s Creek to Burn Notice.)

Firestorm

Her most recent role was in this action thriller, in which Yao plays the girlfriend of a former criminal who volunteers to infiltrate a violent gang. The movie is available with English subtitles on DVD and Blu-ray.

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