15 Unlikely Celebrity Christmas Albums That Make You Go ‘Huh?’ (Photos)

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If you’re looking for something a little different to listen to this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. TheWrap found some “interesting” options to your standard Sinatra, Buble or Mariah Christmas tunes that’l…

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Is Like a ‘Bad Tinder Date That Lasted Three Years’ and 6 Other Shady Reviews

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The third installment of the “Fifty Shades” franchise is upon us, but should “Fifty Shades Freed” have been locked up like Christian Grey’s sex toys?

Critics have been throwing more than 50 shades of shade on the film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, giving the film a score of 6 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Reviewers have commented on the “ludicrous” plot twist, and the “too-laughable-to-be-hot sex scene,” while one critic even said the film is like a “bad Tinder date that lasted three years.”

“”Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third filmic adaptation of EL James’ briefly popular BDSM erotica series, is marginally better than its predecessor, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ in much the same way that being shot through the head is better than being guillotined,” Film Ink’s Travis Johnson wrote.

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“Fifty Shades Freed” suffers from a lack of rhythm, moving from plot point to plot point with as much spontaneity as meal-planning for one’s luxury penthouse household with one’s housekeeper. It’s clichéd, stodgy and overly faithful to the original books,” wrote TheWrap’s film critic, Anna Hartley.

Jame Foley directed the third film in a franchise that has made $280 million at the domestic box office. Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes and Arielle Kebbel also star.

See seven of the worst reviews below.

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly:

“Strip the pleasure away from a guilty pleasure and what are you left with exactly? ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third and final cinematic installment in E.L. James’ trashy S&M trilogy, answers that question with every ludicrous plot twist, stilted line delivery, and too-laughable-to-be-hot sex scene… ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is certainly slicker than those carnal cheapies. But it seems embarrassed to embrace its own pervy nature. It’s kitsch that looks in the mirror and deludes itself into thinking it sees art staring back.”

Kimber Myers, The Playlist

“The third film in the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy thinks its most shocking moment is when a reluctant Ana (a reluctant Dakota Johnson) opens a drawer full of fancy butt plugs in her new husband’s glam sex dungeon, aka the ‘Red Room.’ However, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ gets a far bigger WTF when it punishes its audience by making them sit through minutes of Christian (Jamie Dornan, still physically present) playing the piano and singing ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney for no particular reason to the inexplicable awe of his wife and friends. You’d think that by the third film we’d be used to this nonsense, but our threshold for pain still hasn’t risen high enough to find this pleasurable.”

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Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

“And so, after three whip-cracking, handcuffing, sleep-inducing chapters of glossy dom/sub drama, the Fifty Shades franchise is finally coming to an end, or, as the wink-wink marketing keeps purring, a climax. In the final chapter, we’re giddy with questions that require an answer. Will two attractive yet underwritten characters keep having mildly kinky sex? And then, ermmmm, oh wait, that’s literally just it.”

Travis Johnson, Film Ink

“‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third filmic adaptation of EL James’ briefly popular BDSM erotica series, is marginally better than its predecessor, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ in much the same way that being shot through the head is better than being guillotined; at the very least, there’s not all that blinking and wondering where your body has gone.”

Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“At least this time, some of the laughs are intentional. These movies have all been slick, with the sheen of high-tone porn about them, which partly explains why the middle aged (and younger) of middle America have flocked to them. James Foley, who sexualized Reese Witherspoon in ‘Fear’ way back in the last millennium, has no new tricks up his sleeve. Thus, more sex scenes, only slightly more titillating than those that preceded it. The soap suds bubble through clearer than ever, the laughably melodramatic twists in the plot, the car chase, the conspicuous consumption of E.L. James’s novels — who knew ‘If you write it, you will eventually own it, when the public eats this soft-core swill up.’”

Ben Croll, Screen International: 

“Less a film than a closing coda buffed up, blinged out and spread thin throughout a feature-length runtime, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ offers fans of the three-strong series a chance to send off their favourite characters with all the opulence and tastefully soft-core decadence they’ve come to expect from previous installments, gorging on the series’ luxurious embellishments while all but jettisoning any hint of narrative tension or engagement along the way. As the opening titles – which begin with the leads’ picture book marriage and then follows them on a European honeymoon straight out of a Pinterest vision board – make clear, the film knows exactly what its audience wants, and sets out to deliver it on every shallow front.”

Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun Australia

“That’s right, after the first two tempestuous movie kink-a-thons from author EL James seduced the world box-office and made off with over a billion dollars, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is here to zip up, give you a quick peck on the cheek, and disappear. The whole experience has been like a bad Tinder date that lasted three years. The best that can be said of ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is that it offers the lasting relief of knowing the franchise won’t ever be calling for another hook-up.”

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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017

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The past year saw the loss of some renowned character actors, including John Hurt, Bill Paxton and Harry Dean Stanton. We were both shaken and stirred by the death of Roger Moore, who played James Bond more than any other actor. On the other side of the camera, directors Jonathan Demme as well as horror […]

Molly Peters, Former Bond Girl, Dies at 75

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Former Bond Girl Molly Peters has died at the age of 75, according to the official James Bond Twitter account.

“We are sad to hear that Molly Peters has passed away at the age of 75. Our thoughts are with her family,” the Twitter account posted. Peters’ cause of death is still unknown.

We are sad to hear that Molly Peters has passed away at the age of 75. Our thoughts are with her family. pic.twitter.com/6k3Ifs2gpY

— James Bond (@007) May 30, 2017

Peters starred in the 1965 Bond film “Thunderball” opposite Sean Connery. According to The Daily Express, Peters was the first Bond Girl to take her clothes off on-screen, which almost prompted the film to almost receive an “X” rating. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) confirmed to TheWrap that it ordered the removal of a scene in “which James Bond is seen stroking with a mink glove the back of a partially nude girl on a bed.” The film was then classified A, signaling a film more suitable for adults.

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The English actress first starred in 1964’s “Peter Studies Form” before being cast in “Thunderball.” Her credits also include 1966’s “Target for Killing” and 1968’s “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.” Peters also starred in the TV Movie “Das Experiment,” and the TV series “Armchair Theatre” and “Baker’s Half-Dozen.”

Peters lived in Ipswich, Suffolk with her husband, with whom she had a child who had since passed away.

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Fellow “James Bond” actor Roger Moore died last week at the age of 89 following a brief battle with cancer. Moore replaced Connery and starred in seven 007 movies.

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Pierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: ‘We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor’

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As a boy of 11, I left Ireland for London on Aug. 12, 1964 — the same day Ian Fleming died. That weekend I saw “Goldfinger” with Sean Connery at the ABC Cinema on Putney High Street with my mother, May, and my stepfather, Bill. How could I know then that my life would be… Read more »

Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan Pay Tribute to ‘Magnificent Bond’ Roger Moore

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Current James Bond star Daniel Craig and predecessor Pierce Brosnan have added their own tributes to Roger Moore, whose death after a short battle with cancer was announced Tuesday. Brosnan called Moore “a magnificent Bond,” while Craig declared: “Nobody does it better,” a reference to the title track from one of Moore’s most popular outings… Read more »

How Roger Moore Made the Role of James Bond His Own

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Few actors have come across quite so invincible onscreen as Roger Moore, the James Bond star who dodged death by sharks (“Live and Let Die”), yo-yo buzzsaw (“Octopussy”), space lasers (“Moonraker”) and a demented Christopher Walken (“A View to a Kill”), barely so much as creasing his tuxedo in the process. Moore played 007 in… Read more »

Hollywood Remembers Roger Moore: “A Wonderful Actor & Lovely Man”

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Refresh for latest…The entertainment world is reacting to the death today of English actor Sir Roger Moore. Mia Farrow wrote, “Few are as kind and giving as was Roger Moore.” Piers Morgan tweeted of Moore: “A wonderful actor & lovely man.” Duran Duran, the band who wrote the theme song for the 1985 film a A View To A Kill, the last of Moore’s seven 007 movies, tweeted simply “RIP Roger.”
The actor, known best for his roles as the iconic James Bond and Simon Templar in TV…

Roger Moore, Iconic James Bond Actor, Dies Aged 89

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Sir Roger Moore, the suave English actor who is best known for playing James Bond and Simon Templar in The Saint TV series, has died aged 89 in Switzerland.
His family announced the news on Tuesday on Twitter saying: “he passed away today…after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore…

Roger Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, Dies at 89

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Sir Roger Moore, who starred as James Bond in seven movies, has died. He was 89.

The actor, author and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador passed following a brief battle with cancer. There will be a private funeral held in Monaco, his family said on Tuesday.

Moore is survived by three children and his wife Kristina Tholstrup. Read a statement from his kids below.

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With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

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In addition to being the third Bond on the big screen (he replaced Sean Connery), Moore is also famous for playing Simon Templar on “The Saint,” which aired from 1962 to 1969.

In 2008, Moore was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on television and in film.

The British actor was married four times. He was predeceased last year by Tholstrup’s daughter from a previous marriage — Moore’s step-daughter Christina Knudsen — who also succumbed to cancer.

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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

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Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89. His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the… Read more »

‘The Space Between Us’: Rom-Com ‘Fails to Launch’ and 6 Other Abysmal Reviews

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“The Space Between Us” is having a rough launch ahead of its theatrical debut on Friday. The film holds a current score of four percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It’s hard not to engage in eye-rolling over what already promises to be one of 2017’s worst movies: ‘The Space Between Us’ spends so much time piling one daffy, laughable plot beat upon another that it never bothers to nail down the characters,” wrote TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde.

More than 20 critics seem to agree with Duralde, describing the film starring Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield as “unbearably ridiculous” and one that “stumbles, staggers and sputters out of the gate.”

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The rom-com, about a Martian boy who travels to earth to meet his pen pal but discovers his organs can’t survive on earth, was written by Allan Loeb (“Collateral Beauty”) and directed by Peter Chelsom.

See 7 of the worst reviews below.

Christy Lemire, Roger Ebert

“Veterans like Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino bring flashes of dignity and sometimes even emotional truth to this frequently silly enterprise. But–like Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Naomie Harris surely found while making ‘Collateral Beauty’–there’s only so much you can do with a soggy Allan Loeb script. The twists are just unbearably ridiculous, which drains all the power out of their supposed catharsis.”

Bill Goodykoontz, USA Today

“Armed with a good cast and an intriguing premise, ‘The Space Between Us’ nevertheless fails to launch. Ooh. Sorry. Space joke, which is fitting, as you’ll see. Peter Chelsom’s film was supposed to open in 2016 but didn’t. Despite the delay, it seems unfinished, choppy, the storytelling almost of the after-school special variety.”

Scott Mendelson, Forbes

“‘The Space Between Us’ never quite finds its center of gravity. The Peter Chelsom-directed film starts on a strong note, but the film spends its entire first act with what feels like pre-credits prologue material. There is a lack of clarity and urgency to the storytelling even as nominally interesting things occur or develop. A game cast does what it can with a movie that moves in fits-and-starts and becomes its own worst enemy.”

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Matt Prigge, Metro

“Sweet, earnest and kind of lame, “The Space Between Us’ is a sci-fi/road movie/coming of age saga/love story that’s also sometimes a fish-out-of-water comedy. It tries so hard, melding so many genres, offering a rare (mostly) positive look at the near-future in the age of ‘Black Mirror,’ that you want to hug it and not tell it what you really think. You can say it’s not even the same universe of embarrassment as ‘Collateral Beauty,’ the last film written by its author, Allen Loeb.”

Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“The science is sloppy, the sentimentality is sloppier in ‘The Space Between Us,’ a sci-fi romance pairing up agreeable leads in a cut-and-paste script. Sci-fi buffs — imagine ‘Capricorn One’ without the suspense, ‘Starman’ without the pathos, all shot on sets left over from ‘The Martian.’ It stumbles, staggers and sputters out of the gate, and only comes to life after an hour of blundered, banal back story.”

Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine

“Director Peter Chelsom’s ‘The Space Between Us’ may not be as majestically loony as David Frankel’s ‘Collateral Beauty,’ which was also scripted by Allan Loeb, but this young-adult, science-fiction romance becomes so overwhelmingly saccharine as it progresses that one almost wishes for a trace of madness to offset its leaden metaphors, cheesy dialogue, and overbearing soundtrack. Instead, ‘The Space Between Us’ is simply disappointing when it isn’t trying to browbeat its audience into emotional submission.”

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

“Suddenly, it’s clear this movie is ridiculous… Suddenly, the nonstop silliness of this picture leaves one choking on stifled laughter.”

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‘Rogue One’ Is ‘Everything Fans Would Want’ and 8 More Glowing Reviews

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Reviews for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” are in, and critics are calling it “groundbreaking” and the “best ‘Star Wars’ prequel film” yet.

“‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ delivers everything fans would want from a “Star Wars” movie: stirring action, beloved familiar faces, and a deepening of the mythology of the series. Everyone wins,” wrote Detroit News film critic Adam Graham.

The film has 84 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. One critic said “Rogue One” has one of the “most impressive space battle in the series. Another said it’s a “film that stands with the best of the franchise.”

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TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde wasn’t very impressed, writing, “‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is for the fans, all right, but in that expression’s worst way. Unless you’re thrilled by the idea of 133 minutes of sideways mentions, shout-outs and straight-up references to the original ‘Star Wars’ (or ‘Episode IV: A New Hope,’ for those born after 1977), there’s not nearly enough excitement going on here, much less character, plot or story.”

The new film, directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”), stars Felicity Jones as rebellion leader Jyn Erso. It takes place between the prequels and original trilogies and depicts Erso’s efforts to steal the plans for the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire.

Among Erso’s allies are Rebel intel officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Force warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and Clone War veteran Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Mads Mikkelsen, who also played the villain in Disney-Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” plays Galen Erso, Jyn’s father.

“Rogue One” hits theaters on Dec. 16.

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See 9 of the best reviews below.

Britton Peele, Dallas Morning News:

“‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is anything but a cheap cash-in. Not only is it the best ‘Star Wars’ prequel film (taking place immediately before the original 1977 movie, ‘A New Hope,’ but many years after episodes I-III), it’s also a movie that stands impressively tall on its own merits. Yes, it’s part of a series that is now eight movies strong, but it also works alone as a movie about war, oppression, a dangerous heist, a daring rebellion and a spark of hope that ignites the final stages of a revolution.”

Adam Graham, The Detroit News: 

“‘Rogue One’ is groundbreaking for the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, a rousing side story that blows the doors wide open for future installments of the series. That it stands on its own as a slam-bam action thrill ride is a bonus. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ delivers everything fans would want from a “Star Wars” movie: stirring action, beloved familiar faces, and a deepening of the mythology of the series. Everyone wins.”

Roger Moore, Movie Nation:

“‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has fresh faces, fresh music, fresh tech and a fresh take on ‘Star Wars,’ a rarity in this venerable franchise. It’s almost wholly satisfying — witty, warm and entertaining — a film in which fatalism isn’t a joke, where pitiless death is doled out by Empire and Rebellion, where those deaths have weight and meaning, where suspense is genuine, even if we know that this other-point-of-view prequel will wind up with a very irked Darth Vader.”

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times:

“A similar sense of dramatic convergence materializes during ‘Rogue One’s’ pulse-quickening endgame, which offers the curious satisfaction of turning an unfinished story — a heroic mission in service of a deferred moment of victory — into a resonant pop-cultural moment. As the puzzle pieces snap into place, with a level of precision and economy that honors and even transcends the narrative foundation of ‘A New Hope,’ ‘Rogue One’ at last finds its own reason for being. For one thrilling final stretch, everything old really is new again.”

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Matt Zoller Seitz, Roger Ebert:

“It culminates in a thunderous final act that weaves together the most impressive space battle in the series with a prolonged ground assault on an Imperial fortress in which casualties have both physical and emotional weight (which is something ‘Star Wars’ was never big on). But it also bridges the fairy-tale despair of the prequels to the rah-rah idealism of the original trilogy, spackling decades-old logic holes as it goes along. (Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy’s script even retro-engineers an answer to the question of why the Galactic Empire would build a super-weapon that could be vaporized with a single well-placed shot.) ‘Rogue One’ is a letdown in other areas, and there are creative decisions so ill-conceived they take you out of the story. But somehow these aren’t enough to sink the movie, which manages to succeed as both super-nerdy fan service and the first entry since the 1977 original that will satisfy people who have never seen a ‘Star Wars’ film.”

Brian Lowry, CNN

“‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ answers the question of whether that galaxy far, far away is big enough to sustain multiple offshoots with an emphatic yes, delivering an extremely muscular and satisfying expansion of what had been, under George Lucas, a rather underdeveloped universe … And ‘Rogue One’ does feel different from the main movies, darker, grittier — much closer in tone to an old war movie … This is essentially the real long-lost prequel to ‘Star Wars,’ just 39 years later, and director Gareth Edwards has the advantage of being able to incorporate plenty of crowd-pleasing callbacks to the original.”

Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News
“‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is an absolute thrill ride. At times, the action scenes are so visceral it’s like being on the ‘Star Tours’ ride at Disneyland. There are things to give longtime Star Wars fans giggles of recognition juxtaposed against fresh places and faces. Yes, it helps to be a Star Wars fan to watch ‘Rogue One,’ but it still works for everyone else. It’s a film that stands with the best of the franchise.”

Forrest Wickman, Slate

“By breaking some of the rules, ‘Rogue One’ has made itself the first movie since ‘The Empire Strikes’ Back to redefine the boundaries of what a ‘Star Wars’ movie can be. ‘The Force Awakens’ may have reanimated the once-dormant franchise, but it’s ‘Rogue One’ that will give ‘Star Wars’ fans a new hope.”

James Dyer, Empire Online: 

“The ultimate ‘Star Wars’ fan film, it’s short on whimsy but when it gets going there’s enough risk-taking and spectacle to bode well for future standalones.”

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Robert Vaughn Remembered: “Coolest Guy On TV”

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Robert Vaughn, who died of leukemia today at 83, is being remembered on social media by fans and colleagues in and out of Hollywood, particularly from the  U.K. The star of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven and Britain’s Hustle and Coronation Street, was, in the words of Shaun of the Dead creator Edgar Wright, “the coolest guy on TV.”
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Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) November 11…