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Whitney Houston's Daughter Found Unresponsive, Transported to Hospital


Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage(ROSWELL, Ga.) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was transported to a Georgia hospital on Saturday morning after she was found unresponsive.

Police responded to a 911 call at a home in Roswell, Georgia; Bobbi's husband Nick Gordon and a friend had discovered her in the tub and had begun CPR.  When police arrived on scene, they started life-saving measures until rescue personnel arrived.

Bobbi, 21, was transported to North Fulton Hospital. Police are still on the scene investigating the incident.

On February 11, 2012, Bobbi's mother Whitney Houston was found unconscious in a hotel room bathtub in Beverly Hills, CA, and was later pronounced dead.

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Super Bowl 2015: How Idina Menzel Feels About People Betting on Her Performance


ABC/ Lou Rocco(PHOENIX) -- Idina Menzel knows that in addition to betting on who wins Sunday's Super Bowl, people are also placing fun bets -- so-called "prop bets" -- on things like how long it'll take her to sing the national anthem or if she'll forget the words.

For the record, she's fine with that -- in fact, she's willing to help folks win their bets if she possibly can.

"Oh, I love it. If they’re talking about me at the Super Bowl, I like it!" Menzel told ABC News. "I can’t help them though because I haven’t timed it yet! But I’ve been promising some people, if they let me know, I can maybe, like, glance up at the clock and then hold the vibrato a little longer and try to work it out!"

While Menzel has performed the national anthem before, this is her first time doing it at the Super Bowl. The "Let It Go" singer admitted that she's a bit nervous, but added that for her, that's normal.

"I get nervous whenever I perform," she said. "I think it’s just something, as a live performer, you get used to, and you try to rein it in and learn how to work with it, and that’s just what we do."

But she said she realizes the enormity of taking on a role that everyone from Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé have taken on over the years. She says one Super Bowl anthem performance made a particular impression on her.

"Ever since I saw Whitney Houston do it at the Super Bowl, I would emulate her as a singer, and she was a huge idol of mine," she said. "And...y'know, everyone under the sun has done the song...I can’t do it better than she did it. So I've just got to bring my own thing to it. I’m just trying to you know, connect with people."

In addition to connecting, Menzel said she really is going to make an effort to remember the meaning of the national anthem and what it represents.

"You start to forget that kind of stuff when you get lost in this kind of moment and swept away," she said. "And it’s really a beautiful song, amazing melody. And so, I’m gonna kind of sing it for our troops and people like that overseas and remember what it’s really about."

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Most Shocking Claims in the Mariah Carey-Nanny Lawsuit


Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey’s former live-in nanny slapped the world famous superstar and her estranged husband Nick Cannon with a lawsuit this week, claiming they owe her money for unpaid overtime.

Simonette DeCosta and her attorneys filed the suit in New York district court on Wednesday.

According to the suit, DeCosta was the full-time nanny for Carey and Cannon's 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, from October 2013 through her termination on Jan. 26, 2014. She was paid between $3,000 and $3,600 twice a month, the suit claims, and even traveled with Carey on international trips to take care of the children.

DeCosta is suing for “unpaid overtime wages, premium wages, liquidated damages,” and attorney fees. A representative for Mariah Carey told ABC News that they don’t comment on “frivolous lawsuits.”

Here are some of the most shocking claims laid out in the lawsuit:

1. DeCosta Claims She Was Fired for Being Too Affectionate With the Children

“Ms. Carey terminated [DeCosta] after berating her for exhibiting too much affection towards her children,” the suit reads.

2. DeCosta Alleges She Worked a Lot of Overtime

According to the suit, DeCosta “often worked well over 100 hours per week.” The suit claims she had to rotate between 24-hour shifts and 12-hour shifts each week, working seven days a week with 12-hour shifts and five days a week on 24-hour shifts.

However, she was not paid for “premium overtime compensation” for working over 40 hours each week, the suit claims.

3. DeCosta Claims She Wasn’t Allowed Breaks, Not Even for Sleep

When DeCosta was working a 24-hour shift, the suit claims that meant she was on-call the whole time, “with no entitlement for breaks for meals, and even sleep.”

4. Mariah Carey Would Allegedly Call With Demands at All Hours

“Ms. Carey would often call [DeCosta] at hours in the middle of the night and demand to be taken to her children, or to be updated as to the status of her children,” the suit claims. “Ms. Carey would not tolerate any delay. ... [DeCosta] was expected to be working.”


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"American Sniper": How Sienna Miller 'Understood' Taya Kyle's Story


Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- American Sniper star Sienna Miller said from the very first conversation she had with Taya Kyle that she felt "very close to" Chris Kyle's widow.

The 33-year-old British actress portrayed Taya in this year's Oscar nominated film, which chronicles Chris and his four tours of duty as a Navy SEAL sniper in Iraq. It also focuses on how Kyle readjusted back into life after war, including his family.

"I felt like I understood her," Miller told People magazine. "We Skyped and she told me stories about how they met and their marriage and the good and the bad. We would laugh and cry. When the time came to meet, I felt like we were really good friends already."

Taya Kyle added the same sentiments, saying that it only took two or three sentences and "I was like, 'This is good.' She just understood."

Miller added, "Taya knew [Chris] was able to do his job better than anyone else. When he was home with her and the kids, he knew there were people dying that he thought he could save. That is a really impossible dilemma to be faced with. They managed to get through it because their love was really strong."

Miller respects Taya, especially for how she embraced this film after losing her husband in 2013, when he was killed at a gun range in Texas.

"I love her because she is formidable. I feel very close to her," Miller said.

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Rosie Perez Returns to “The View” Tuesday


ABC(NEW YORK) -- Rosie Perez is indeed returning to ABC's The View.

The actress will make her return Tuesday, alongside guests comedian Martin Short, and Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park and Hudson Yang.

Perez took a break to rehearse for Larry David's forthcoming Broadway play, Fish in the Dark, which begins with previews in early February before it officially opens the following month.  She had already been scheduled to take time off from The View this month for rehearsals.

Her break sparked reports that Perez was leaving the daytime talk show for good. Co-host Rosie O’Donnell came to her defense earlier this month, saying on the show, "No matter what you read anywhere Rosie Perez is also coming back after she is done rehearsing her play."

The View underwent a major shakeup after last season, with Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd all moving on from the show.

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Suge Knight Arrested: What to Know About the Hip-Hop Mogul


Vivien Killilea/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Marion "Suge" Knight, arrested and booked on suspicion of murder on Friday over a fatal crash Thursday in Compton, California, has a long history as a rap pioneer, as well as a long history of trouble.

The ex-head of Death Row Records has been in the spotlight on and off since the early 1990s, supporting iconic artists on his former label such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

But there's more to Knight's story than his influence as a hip-hop mogul, or even his reported connection with an East Coast-West Coast rap feud that may have led to the deaths of Shakur and Bad Boy Records rapper Biggie Smalls.

The 6-foot-4 Knight, 49, also acquired a reputation as a dangerous and physically imposing man. In 1996, for instance, rapper Vanilla Ice told ABC News' Brian Ross that Knight dangled him off the balcony of a hotel in the early 1990s during an argument over money from the song "Ice Ice Baby."

"I needed to wear a diaper on that day," Vanilla Ice said. "I was very scared."

Knight denied the claim.

Knight was born in Compton, California and, after high school, he played football in college for UNLV before leaving in 1987, according to the Los Angeles Times. Around the early 1990s, Knight went to work as a bodyguard in the music industry, which led to a stint as a talent manager.

Knight opened Death Row Records in 1992 with partner Dr. Dre, whose album The Chronic put the label on the map. The label really started to dominate the rap industry and bring so-called "gansta rap" to the forefront when Snoop Dogg followed Dre with his classic album Doggystyle in 1993. That album earned four- and five-star reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Source. It went quadruple platinum.

In 1996, Shakur, who had just joined Death Row, released All Eyez on Me, a double album, which eventually racked up $10 million in sales, according to The Source.

The entire time Death Row was dominating the music industry, Knight seemed to be the publicity catalyst.

But there was also trouble.

In 1995, Knight famously attended the Source Awards and insulted Bad Boy frontman Sean Combs, now known as Diddy, about performing on his artists' songs.

"Anyone out there who wanna be a recording artist and wanna stay a star, but don't have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing, come to Death Row," he said.

Some have speculated that was the point where the reported beef between Bad Boy (East Coast-based) and Death Row (West Coast-based) began.

After Shakur joined Death Row, the reported feud seemed to get worse. Shakur insulted Bad Boy's legendary rapper, The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, on records such as "Hit 'Em Up," which even talked about Wallace's wife, R&B singer Faith Evans.

Other artists were attracted to Knight and his empire in the mid-1990s -- even M.C. Hammer, who signed with the label in 1995 in an apparent effort to shed his clean-cut image.

In 1996, Knight was behind the wheel of the car with Shakur in the passenger seat when Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas at age 25.

Wallace was shot and killed months later in 1997 at age 24 in Los Angeles.

Unrelated to the murders of the two rap stars, Knight did jail time from the late 1990s to 2001 for violating probation on a 1992 assault and weapons case. In 2003, he went to prison again for the same offense.

It was around that time that Knight's Death Row records began to falter. Dre left in 1996 and, that same year, one of his bodyguards was shot during a dispute and later fired, according to the Times.

After Snoop Dogg left the label, as well, Knight filed for bankruptcy years later in the mid-2000s, according to LegalZoom.

In 2005, Knight was shot at a VMA's party hosted by Kanye West.

Death Row was sold in 2008.

Before Friday's arrest, Knight was arrested in Las Vegas in 2012 and was given three years' probation for driving without a license.

He was shot yet again in 2014 at a pre-VMAs Party hosted by Chris Brown. That shooting happened at 1:36 a.m. at 10ak in West Hollywood, where Brown was having an album release party, a source told ABC News at the time. His multiple gunshot wounds required surgery.

Knight also has another active case against him. He was charged with robbery late in 2014 over a claim that he stole a photographer's camera. He is expected back in court later this month. He pled not guilty to the charge.

Knight was being held on $2 million bail after Friday’s arrest.

His attorney told ABC News affiliate KABC- TV in Los Angeles that he has not yet been charged. The attorney added that though Knight was behind the wheel of the car that struck and killed Terry Carter, 55, and injured another man, Knight had been fleeing an attack and the collision was accidental.

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Katherine Jackson Loses Her Appeal Against AEG Live


Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- Katherine Jackson has lost her appeal against AEG Live.

California's Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed a jury's 2013 judgment in Jackson's wrongful death suit and awarded AEG costs on appeal.

"Today in a strongly worded opinion, the California Court of Appeal agreed with what a unanimous jury found: AEG was in no way responsible for the tragic death of Michael Jackson," AEG Attorney Marvin Putnam told ABC News in a statement.

Katherine Jackson and her three grandchildren, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, sued AEG Live in 2010, claiming the company was negligent in hiring the King of Pop's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering a fatal dose of propofol to the singer two years before.

However, the court wrote, "We agree with the trial court that Dr. Murray was an independent contractor as a matter of law."

"The evidence fails to establish a triable issue that AEG had the right to control the manner and means of Dr. Murray's treatment of Michael," the opinion continued. "AEG never instructed Dr. Murray on how to treat Michael, and no evidence was presented that AEG had the right to control Dr. Murray's treatment of Michael."

An attorney for the Jackson family did not immediately comment on the appeal.

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Shakira Welcomes Second Son


Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Shakira is a mother for the second time.

The singer confirmed on her website Friday that she and her partner, soccer star Gerard Piqué, have welcomed their second child, a boy.

"We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," reads the message on Shakira's website. "The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior.' The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health."

Sasha joins big brother Milan, who was born in January of 2013.

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Meet Elena of Avalor, Disney's First Latina Princess


Disney Junior Worldwide(NEW YORK) — Disney Junior has a new princess.

Princess Elena of Avalor, a "confident and compassionate teenager," will be introduced next year as Disney's first Latina princess, Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, announced Thursday.

"Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience," she said. "What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale."

Elena is described in a news release as "a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore."

She will debut in a special episode of Sofia the First on Disney Junior next year, and then have her own spin-off series on the network, Elena of Avalor.

The princess will be voiced by Aimee Carrero of ABC Family's Young & Hungry.

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Eddie Murphy Returning to “SNL” for Its 40th Anniversary Special


Al Levine/NBC(NEW YORK) — Eddie Murphy has not appeared on Saturday Night Live, the show that launched his career, in over three decades, but that will soon change.

The comedian has revealed he will appear on the sketch-comedy program's 40th anniversary special, scheduled to air on NBC on Feb. 15.

When asked about his extended absence from the SNL stage during a phone interview with TV One's News One Now, Murphy commented, "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. ...They're having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks, I'm going to that. And that will be the first time I've been back since I left."  

Murphy was a cast member on SNL in the early 1980s, making his mark with characters like Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson. He left the show in 1984.

Murphy has stated in the past he was upset with SNL after David Spade cracked a joke about his career on the show in the 1990s.

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Marion 'Suge' Knight Arrested for Murder in Deadly Crash


David Becker/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) —  Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested and booked for murder Friday and held on $2 million bail over a fatal crash Thursday in Compton, California, authorities said.

Knight's attorney said he was behind the wheel in the accident, which killed one man and injured another.

The Death Row Records founder apparently got in a fight on the set of a promotional shoot for the biopic Straight out of Compton, about the group NWA.

According to attorney James Blatt, Knight claims he was attacked by two people and while driving away, he struck his friend with his vehicle, killing him. Another man was injured in the incident.

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a red Ford F-150 Raptor, similar to Knight's vehicle, authorities said.

Knight remained at large for a number of hours after the incident. KABC-TV reports Knight arrived at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station early Friday morning, and homicide detectives interviewed him.

Corina says witnesses at the scene said the incident "looked like it was an intentional act," and as a result, police are "handling it as a homicide."

Robert Smith says he witnessed the deadly incident. “I turned to look out, and I [saw] Suge Knight turn around and go to his car; backed his car up and then put it in drive and then he hit Terry Carter. He ran him over twice.”

Knight had currently been out on $500,000 bail after being accused last fall of stealing a paparazzo's camera. In August, Knight was wounded in a shooting at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party in Los Angeles. Knight was also shot at a pre-VMAs party hosted by Kanye West in 2005.

Death Row Records dominated the West Coast hip-hop scene of the early to mid-1990s, releasing albums such as 2Pac's All Eyez on Me, Dr. Dre's The Chronic and helping to develop performers such as Snoop Dogg.

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Deflate-Gate: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Take Responsibility, Defend Patriots


Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube(LOS ANGELES) — The "deflate-gate" mystery has finally been solved.

A bevy of celebrity Bostonians -- including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Steven Tyler, John Krasinski and Chris Evans -- appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, defending the New England Patriots and taking responsibility for underinflating the team’s footballs in its AFC championship game win.

Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick have faced criticism amid the controversy, which has taken attention away from Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX matchup between the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. A Patriots locker room attendant is reportedly a focus in the NFL’s investigation into the matter.

“When there’s a high-profile crime, all of a sudden a bunch of people come forward and claim they did it, like when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped, there was a group -- a bunch of people confessed. Same with the Black Dahlia murders,” Kimmel said, introducing the segment.

Krasinski -- identifying himself as the tutor of Brady’s children -- told a story about a Goodyear blimp mishap.

“I start sucking air out of the regulation balls in order to save those people’s lives,” he said. “I saved 17 people’s lives. Tom Brady had nothing to do with it. But let me tell you something: If he did, he would have done the exact same thing. Because he’s a g****** hero.”

Damon, posing as an everyman, diehard Pats fan, discussed his sick nephew’s bronchitis.

“So I go and I take a football. I don’t want to squeeze all the air into his little lungs because, you know, I don’t want to ruin the football, so I just take a little bit of air out of ‘em, like 11 out of 12 of them, and it does the trick, it absolutely saves his lungs,” he said.

Affleck -- identifying himself as Ryan “Salty” Flanagan from Roslindale, Massachusetts, said he was turning himself in.

“Let me ask you a question: Who are you gonna believe: Tom Brady, the greatest man in all humanity? Or a bunch of a****** on Twitter?” he asked.

Tyler, Aerosmith’s lead singer, posed with a deflated football, looking sullen.

A mustachioed Evans said Brady could not have been responsible “unless he deflated those footballs with his piercing baby blue eyes.”

The segment ended, as do many of Damon's appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, by highlighting the simmering rivalry between the actor and late-night host.

"My name is Tubby Herlihy, and I acted alone," Damon said.

The camera zoomed out to show Kimmel standing beside him.

"Do you know why you acted alone?" Kimmel asked.

"Why?" Damon responded.

"Because nobody wants to act with you," Kimmel said, at which point Krasinski emerged.

"Good burn," Krasinski said, slapping Kimmel's hand and chuckling.

Krasinski and Damon shared an awkward pause, so Krasinski tried to chip away the ice: "Go Pats," he said.

"There we go. Go Patriots," Damon said, the butt of another late-night jab.


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“Project Almanac,” “Black or White,” “The Loft” Open Friday


"Project Almanac" - Paramount(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Project Almanac -- Teens discover a time machine that causes some serious problems for them and the rest of the world. Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista and Ginny Gardner star. Rated PG-13.

Black or White -- Kevin Costner plays Elliot, a very wealthy white man who suddenly has to raise his black granddaughter by himself after his wife dies. Elliot subsequently becomes involved in a somewhat-racially-charged custody battle with the child’s other grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer. Anthony Mackie also stars. Rated PG-13.

The Loft
-- Five men discover the body of a dead woman in a loft, leading to suspicions that one of them killed her. Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet star. Rated R.

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Movie Review: “Black or White” (Rated PG-13)


"Black or White" - Relativity(NEW YORK) — Inspired by actual events, Black or White stars Kevin Costner as wealthy lawyer Elliot Anderson. When we first meet him, he’s waiting in a hospital, alone, having just found out his wife was killed in a car accident. He is simply a broken man.  Now he has to go home and live with the news for the night before he tells his young granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell).
 
We soon learn that Elliot and his wife had been raising Eloise, whose father was African-American, because her mother, their daughter, died during childbirth. Following the funeral, we meet Eloise’s other grandmother, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), who subtly suggests that maybe it will be best if Eloise moves to South Central Los Angeles to live with her and her expansive family. Rowena is a self-made woman who owns six businesses, while Elliot’s a struggling alcoholic who has now experienced more than enough tragedy for one lifetime.
 
If circumstances had been different, Elliot might be willing to let Rowena have at least joint custody of Eloise.  But there’s a problem, at least as far as Elliot is concerned.  Reggie (Andre Holland), Eloise’s biological father, is a drug addict, and Elliot blames him for the death of his daughter.  When Rowena tries to contact Elliot about a custody arrangement, he refuses to return her calls.  That’s when Rowena gets her brother, Jeremiah (Anthony Mackie) involved.  Jeremiah is a successful litigator who decides to use a strategy Rowena isn’t comfortable with: he wants to paint Elliot as a racist.
 
This is one of Costner’s more powerful performances. Spencer, Mackie and comedian Bill Burr are also terrific, but they’re overshadowed by a sloppy, meandering script that attempts to force unnecessary humor into the story.  Director Mike Binder also gets a little too cute with some of the courtroom scenes, robbing the moments of gravitas – treating Black or White more like My Cousin Vinny than as a movie that should’ve been a powerful reflection of who we are as a society, and our ability, as human beings, to forgive.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Movie Review: "Project Almanac" (Rated PG-13)


Photo credit: Guy D'Alema/ (c) Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. (NEW YORK) -- Project Almanac.  Great -- another “found footage” movie.  Did we really need another one of these?

Mind you, I love any premise that involves time travel, and Project Almanac likely exceeds whatever expectations you may have of it, based on the marketing campaign. But this story would’ve been so much better if these kids had traveled back to 1999 and sabotaged The Blair Witch Project. While I love that movie, it begat a found-footage epidemic in Hollywood for which there seems to be no cure.

But whatever. In Project Almanac, we have high school senior David Raskin (Jonny Weston), a budding genius who’s attempting to score a full scholarship to MIT. Along for the ride are his best friends Adam (Allen Evangelista), Quinn (Sam Lerner), and David’s little sister, Christina (Ginny Gardner), who films everything (hence the found footage).

David gets that MIT scholarship, but it’s only a partial one. He retreats to the attic to rifle through his father’s old notes, looking for inspiration for another project he can send to the MIT admissions board.  Turns out dad was also a genius, but was killed in a car accident on David’s 7th birthday.  David comes across an old video camera, and turns it on to find footage from his 7th birthday party -- but there’s a twist. The footage reveals a brief glimpse of 17-year-old David passing by a mirror. What?

David and his sister visit his dad’s old basement lab, where they discover a metal box with some interesting-looking gadgets and notes. Turns out dad was smarter than they thought, because he invented a time machine! 

David recruits his besties for help and they start jumping back in time. Since the technology only allows them to jump back a maximum of three weeks, their goals are pretty small: change the outcome of school assignments, get even with a bully, and win the lottery. Also included in their adventures is Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia), David’s crush. You’ll have to see the movie to find out how she gets involved but David’s fondness for her plays a major role in how the plot unfolds. 

We’re dealing with time travel, which means we’re dealing with a little thing called a causal loop: the idea that if you change one tiny thing in the past, it will have a major ripple effect on future events. I love how it’s handled in this movie. Are there issues? Sure, but the speculation and effort invested in presenting the causal loops will keep the most skeptical and harshest time-travel-movie critics interested. 

Project Almanac has its flaws. Writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, and director Dean Israelite, really start testing your suspension of disbelief when they asks us to accept that in the ten years since their dad died, neither David nor his sister have been in his basement lab. And again, this found-footage thing is perplexing. It’s amazing how somebody with a camera can stand 30 feet from their subjects, and yet we hear the characters as if they were wearing microphones. 

Silly, yes, but we’ll forgive, because Project Almanac is good fun, a solid teen time-travel flick that’s almost perfect for this generation.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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