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The All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Surprised Young Patients at a Boston Hospital

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCartney, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon spent time checking a children's hospital for ghosts

Kids at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston knew the Ghostbusters reboot was filming nearby, and recently put up a sign in one of the widows asking, “Who ya gonna call?”

And the film’s stars answered!

Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy, who all star in the film, headed to TMC on Saturday to surprise the young patients – dressed entirely in costume.

McCarthy and gang had been filming nearby in Chinatown and the neighboring Theater District, and said they saw the sign and wanted to come make sure the kids didn’t need any help with ghosts.

Sporting their proton packs, ghost traps and various other ghostbusting gear, the ladies headed room to room to meet and greet eager fans, including children of all ages and their families.

“They were a true delight to have today,” Brooke Hynes, vice president of public affairs and communications for Tufts Medical Center, told PEOPLE. “They were so kind to all the kids and their parents. They took their time in each room visiting children as young as a few months to teens.”

“We cannot thank them enough for the happiness and excitement they created.”

The ladies even checked under a number of beds and scanned some children, just to be sure there were no ghosts around.

Wiig was photographed cradling an infant, while one patient who couldn’t have visitors in her room still wanted a photo with the ladies, so the gals obliged by posing outside the room and fitting her in the shot.

The visit brought big smiles to the faces of the Tufts patients, the hospital said.

This past week, the Ghostbusters crew has been filming at the Citi Wang Theatre in downtown Boston. Fans have flooded the area in the hopes of being cast as extras in the film, which is shooting a scene that takes place at a metal concert.

McCarthy has also been spotted out on town on several occasions, including on a date with her husband Ben Falcone, and having family time with her two daughters.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Television

Watch John Oliver Sing for Voting Rights for Washington, D.C.

So long, Florida!

“No taxation without representation” was a rallying cry during the American Revolution, but on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver noted that paying taxes without having a vote in Congress is still a way of life for residents of the District of Columbia.

Oliver decried that the U.S. is the only democracy in the world that does not give the residents of its capital the right to vote in Congress, a situation that even the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, called “quite strange.”

While the District does have a representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, she wields what Oliver called “pretend power, like a child watching Dora the Explorer,” due to the fact that she can’t vote on the House floor.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress a lot of power to determine how the District is run, or as Oliver says, “as far as documents demanding control go, it’s right up there with the one Christian Grey made Anastasia Steele sign in 50 Shades of Grey.” Despite that power, D.C. has figured out some ways to circumvent Congressional strictures and made decisions that address the needs of their populace. However, Congress has frequently stripped funding for what they don’t agree with, including needle exchange programs to curb the spread of HIV and legalizing marijuana.

The problem could be resolved by an act of Congress, but when voting rights for the District last came up for a vote, only two members of Congress showed up for the debate, a number so low that Oliver considered it even “pathetic for a one-year old’s birthday party.”

Luckily, Oliver has a possible solution to the problem — but Floridians aren’t going to like it.

TIME On Our Radar

Inside the Life of China’s Most Famous Actress

This American photographer was the English tutor of the most celebrated Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing

It was 2008 when Californian photographer Rian Dundon, while working as a freelance editorial photographer in Beijing, learned about an unexpected job opportunity: tutor Chinese actress and pop singer, Fan Bingbing.

Fan is well accustomed to being in the spotlight since her teenage years. Now 33, she regularly stars in China’s highest-grossing movies and has represented international fashion powerhouses like Louis Vuitton. Still, the ability to speak fluent English was instrumental to advance Fan’s career – with the potential to help her land Hollywood roles, Dundon says.

But Dundon, who had been living in China since 2005, had no idea how grandiose Fan’s fame was, until the day he accompanied her to a live performance in the coastal city of Qingdao in northeastern China. “I was just impressed by the fanaticism, the number of people that were there to see her, the big crowds of college students chasing us down the road, swarming our car as we arrived,” Dundon recalls.

For the next nine months, Dundon joined Fan’s entourage of assistants and traveled frequently in China and Southeast Asia. During the tour, he met celebrities such as prolific American director Oliver Stone and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. “It was exciting definitely at first to be traveling, staying at fancy hotels, eating a lot of really good, expensive meals,” Dundon tells TIME.

But soon the excitement wore off, as the photographer often had to put his life on hold to accommodate Fan’s taxing schedule. “I was the last to know when we were making moves,” Dundon says. “Often I would get a call in the middle of the night that said, ‘Be at the airport in a few hours,’ the next thing I knew [we] would be gone for two months filming a movie or a soap opera somewhere.”

Despite the grind, the job gave Dundon the unprecedented opportunity to document the actress’s life, capturing the spontaneous yet intimate moments that largely remained unknown to Chinese tabloids, in which Fan was portrayed as arrogant and pompous.

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In one photo, we see the starlet eating out of Styrofoam takeout boxes, minding no one. In another, we see her sitting unaccompanied at a big round dining table, eyes fixed on her phone. Shorn of makeup and designer clothes, Fan is just like any ordinary girl. “After all of the fame, beauty and wealth, she’s a pretty approachable and down-to-earth person actually,” Dundon says.

Although Fan didn’t have editorial control over Dundon’s photographs, he’s well aware of the intent of Fan’s image-conscious management team. “They sought the opportunity to have this foreign, more journalistic, candid perspective on her world that might be more telling,” he says.

After Dundon moved back to the U.S., he was approached by independent publisher Modes Vu, who employs a print-on-demand model that ships books right off the printer to the readers. After 10 book dummies came Dundon’s latest monograph, Fan, in which the photographs of the starlet’s public and private lives as well as the urban landscape in China are seamlessly weaved together.

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“I wanted to bring it in to a broader vision of celebrity and entertainment production in the context of urban China at the time,” Dundon says. The book, which resembles a low-cost paperback with a cheap sticker price, reflects the disposability of fame, he says.

He purposefully left out captions, leaving viewers to ponder “when it’s a performance, when it’s on set or when it’s real life.” In one photograph, Fan is seen staring into the camera with two strips of tears sliding down her cheek. The emotion seems genuine but her meticulously groomed hair hints otherwise. “She was crying for a scene in a film,” Dundon says. “It’s real tears but not necessarily real crying.”

Images like these, Dundon says, play with the line between fact and fiction, and ultimately pose the question of whether pictures of celebrity can ever be authentic or unposed. “Everything is curated, for the audience, for the media, for the fans,” Dundon tells TIME.

Although marketing the book in China seems to be a logical idea, Dundon says that it isn’t his intent to sell Fan back to her established audience. “I think part of the intrigue being a Westerner or non-Chinese reader of this book is that you don’t recognize her. You recognize fame and the structure of fame and celebrity. To me, it’s almost more interesting if you don’t know who she is.”

Rian Dundon is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer. Fan is published by Modes Vu.

Mikko Takkunen, who edited this photo gallery, is an associate photo editor at TIME.

Ye Ming is a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @yemingphoto and Instagram.

TIME Television

Watch Mitt Romney Cameo in This New Late Show With Stephen Colbert Promo Video

Colbert begins hosting the Late Show on Sept. 8

As Stephen Colbert gears up to take over hosting duties of the Late Show, CBS debuted three new teasers Sunday.

In one promo Colbert talks about how he “can’t wait” to start hosting the show and how he’ll “talk about the news, tell jokes and have fascinating conversations with celebrities, athletes, musicians and, of course, politicians.”

At which point former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears.

“Wow, you do a great Mitt Romney,” Colbert says. “I am Mitt Romney,” the real Romney responds.

In another clip Colbert tries his hand at a card trick and then shows off his back-to-school backpack and Charlie Rose Trapper Keeper.

Colbert will be taking over the Late Show from David Letterman on Sept. 8.

TIME movies

See Olivia Munn Show Off Some Serious X-Men Fighting Skills

She plays the mutant Psylocke

Olivia Munn has already shown that she knows her way around a katana blade, but now she’s throwing down some serious martial arts moves. The actress portraying the mutant Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse continues filming ahead of a May 27, 2016, release date, and her latest video update posted to Instagram shows she’s ready to kick some butt.

Psylocke is known for her impressive hand-to-hand (and foot-to-face) combat skills, and Munn’s video, posted Saturday, shows her executing a rapid sequence of kicks.

Munn previously opened up about her character — and her character’s form-fitting costume — to EW. “It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing as long as we’re all aware of who she is,” she said. “She’s very strong and she’s very lethal and she’s very powerful, and it doesn’t really matter what she’s wearing as long as you have that strength and that presence.”

EW revealed a first look at Munn’s Psylocke alongside her fellow Horsemen — Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) — as well as the title baddie, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). As she said during Comic-Con, “It really doesn’t feel real. It’s a very cliché thing to say, but it’s just a really surreal thing when you’re on set.”

Check out her impressive fighting skills in the video below.

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This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME movies

Watch How Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan Handle This Awkward Fantastic Four Interview

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Gustavo Caballero—Getty Images Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara are seen during The Set Of Despierta America to promote the film "Fantastic Four"at Univision Studios on July 31, 2015 in Miami.

The latest Hollywood interview to get cringe-worthy

The Fantastic Four cast has joined Cara Delevingne and other stars who’ve tackled awkward situations while promoting their films in interviews.

BuzzFeed was one of the first to report on the uncomfortable exchange between Steven J. Rickman of Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Morning Show and actors Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm). While the initial video footage was taken down, it has since resurfaced online, showing the cringe-worthy back-and-forth.

“From what I’ve seen you’re brother and sister,” Rickman asks Jordan and Mara. “Am I missing something? … But you’re white and you’re black. How does that happen?”

Jordan, who previously addressed objections over his casting as Johnny Storm in an essay for EW, handled the question tactfully. “They could be raised as brother and sister,” he said. “There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the ‘obvious adoption.’”

Rickman then turned his attention to Mara, and her hair. “You’re way, way hot,” he remarked. “Why’d you cut the hair? Your hair was beautiful.”

“This is a great interview,” Mara responded, before saying she cut her hair for another movie she filmed. “They asked me to. I’m an actress. I have to be a chameleon.” And things got weirder from there with some talk about toes.

The radio station took down an earlier tweet sharing behind-the-scenes footage from the interview, while Rickman tweeted this was the “3rd most awkward moment” in his life. In an email to BuzzFeed, Rock 100.5 Morning Show host Jason Bailey defended Rickman when asked if the line of questioning was meant to be incendiary.

“Absolutely not! That’s not mine or the show’s thing,” he wrote. “Look, not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets they run in the first place but I was curious about the brother and sister thing. You have a white sister and black brother wouldn’t you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they’d have some different backstory.”

He continued, “My partner’s (Southside Steve) conversation about Kate’s hair is something that came up while Michael B Jordan took a phone call so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way. As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that…sorry…no idea. Steve likes girl’s toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don’t get enough of them. Who knows?”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Music

Lollapalooza Briefly Evacuated Due to Severe Thunderstorms

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Casey Flanigan—FilmMagic Rapper G-Easy and DJ-producer Carnage perform during the 2015 Lollapalooza Music Festival at Grant Park on Aug. 1, 2015 in Chicago, Ill.

Passing storms briefly delayed the festival

Festival-goers were evacuated briefly from Lollapalooza on Sunday afternoon due to severe thunderstorms passing over the Chicago region, the music festival’s organizers announced in a statement.

Crowds of people began exiting Grant Park at around 2:30 p.m. Central Time, when the festival was suspended after storm warnings from the National Weather Service. Three parking garages — Grant Park North, Grant Park South and Millennium Lakeside — were designated emergency shelters for the 300,000 people who attend the festival each year.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” a spokesperson for Lollapalooza’s promoter, C3 Presents, said in a statement. “We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”

According to Lollapalooza’s website, the festival was due to resume at 4:00 p.m. Central Time with an adjusted schedule announced shortly thereafter.

Read next: No Lollapalooza Tickets? Here’s the Livestream Schedule

TIME Music

Dr. Dre to Release First Album in Over 15 Years

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Elsa—Getty Images Producer and musician Dr. Dre is on the field before the Boston Red Sox take on the the New York Yankees on April 4, 2010.

"It's going to be my grand finale."

Dr. Dre is set to release his first album in 15 years through Apple’s new streaming music service, the rapper announced on Saturday.

Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, which arrives over a decade after his 1999 album, 2001, will be out Friday on Apple Music, Dr. Dre revealed during his Beats 1 radio show, “The Pharmacy.” The album was inspired by the upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of his rise in the music world alongside Ice Cube and the late Eazy-E, members of the Los Angeles rap group N.W.A.

“I felt myself being so inspired by the movie that I started to record an album,” Dr Dre said during his radio show. “It’s going to be my grand finale. The record is bananas.”

The hip-hop industry had long expected Detox, the rapper and producer’s notoriously long-delayed third album, to be his “grand finale.” But Dre said on Saturday that the album he has worked on since the early 2000s will never see the light of day. “I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good,” he said. “I worked my a** off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.”

The album’s release on Apple Music comes as no surprise, as Dr. Dre’s headphone company, Beats Electronics, was acquired by Apple in 2014. The company, co-founded by music industry exec Jimmy Iovine, became an integral part of Apple Music when it was released in late June.

Read next: Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music

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Here’s What Zayn Thinks of That New One Direction Single

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Dominique Charriau—Getty Images Singer Zayn Malik attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2015 in Paris.

'Drag Me Down' is the band's first new song since Malik, 22, went solo

One Direction‘s new single, “Drag Me Down,” has a lot of fans – including former member Zayn Malik.

“Proud of my boys the new single is sick,” Malik Tweeted Saturday, just a few days after the song dropped. “Big love. :) x”

The song is the band’s first new song since Malik, 22, went solo, and things haven’t always been so smiley between the boys.

Malik even briefly stirred up the 1D fan base with his announcement earlier this week that he had been signed to RCA– saying now he could be “who I really am,” with the hashtag #realmusic. Some fans took that to be a dig at One Direction.

However, his followers came out in support of the British crooner, with one fan writing, “Real music meaning real to him. Real because he has written and recorded it solely to what he likes.”

This article was originally published at People.com

 

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Tom Cruise Wins Box Office Weekend With Mission: Impossible Sequel

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Christian Black—Paramount Pictures

Audiences chose to accept this Mission Impossible sequel, to the tune of $56 million

After five movies, Mission: Impossible is still box office gold. Rogue Nation debuted to a solid $56 million this weekend, exceeding expectations and outstripping everything else in theaters.

It’s difficult to compare Mission: Impossible debuts, mainly because each one opened in such varied circumstances. (The first two opened the Wednesday before Memorial Day, for example, and 2013’s Ghost Protocol rolled out in 425 preview theaters before going wide Christmas weekend.) But comparing traditional three-day weekend numbers, Rogue Nation’s $56 million makes it the second-biggestMission: Impossible opening of all time, falling just shy of Mission: Impossible II’s $57.8 million. (Of course, adjusted for inflation, Rogue Nation ends up in fourth place.)

Rogue Nation marks Tom Cruise’s third biggest domestic opening of all time, behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million) and Mission: Impossible II. This is also the biggest opening for Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, as Valkyrieopened to $21 million in 2008 and Jack Reacheropened to $15 million in 2012. (McQuarrie also wrote the script for Edge of Tomorrow, which debuted to $28.7 million in 2014.)

Meanwhile, Vacation opened with an estimated $14.9 million for the weekend and a five-day total of $21.2 million. That’s well under initial predictions, which expected the National Lampoon sequel to reach $30 million over five days, but it was still enough to snag second place.

After topping the box office two weeks in a row, Ant-Man slid to third place, falling 49 percent to $12.6 million. Minions also spent its fourth weekend in the top five, dropping 47 percent to an estimated $12.2 million. (Minions also crossed $850 million at the global box office this weekend.) And after its lackluster debut last weekend, Pixels fell to $10.4 million — a drop of about 57 percent.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

1. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation — $56 million
2. Vacation — $14.9 million
3. Ant-Man — $12.6 million
4. Minions — $12.2 million
5. Pixels — $10.4 million

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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