February 10, 2012 4:00am EST
The younger Eastwood will play a minor league hopeful who attracts the eye of the Gran Turino star's scout character in Robert Lorenz's directorial debut, according to Variety.
It's not the first time Scott Eastwood has appeared in one of his father's films - he showed up in Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino and Invictus.
Amy Adams will portray Eastwood's daughter in the film and Justin Timberlake and John Goodman have also been added to the cast.
February 09, 2012 11:29am EST
Think of your two favorite Paul's (not including McCartney). If you've come up with Rudd and Giamatti, then prepare to be thrilled by Lucky Dog. The developing comedy film by the genius Phil Morrison, who created the masterpiece of human interaction that was Junebug, will star the magnificent (and terrifically dissimilar) pair of Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, in addition to Sally Hawkins (Jane Eyre, Submarine).
Lucky Dog's plot is impossibly more invigorating than its involved parties. The story centers on two longtime partners in crime (literally) whose personal relationship has begun to sour. Despite their growing animosity toward one another, the two con-men (presumably Rudd and Giamatti) decide to pull one last job together: selling Christmas trees in New York City.
First of all, there's something truly wonderful about the idea of criminals using Christmas trees to make a dishonest fortune. Secondly, a corrupt team consisting of Paul's Rudd and Giamatti? The sweetest, most likable man in the world teamed with a venerable chameleon of the big screen? Nothing is impossible with this formula. And as Sally Hawkins continues to make a name for herself in Hollywood, we realize more and more just how welcome an addition she is to our consciousness.
All in all: we are quite fortunate for Lucky Dog.
February 01, 2012 9:15am EST
The Dirty Harry legend will star as an ageing baseball scout who is losing his vision, and Timberlake has been cast as his friend Johnny Flanagan, a former pitcher who works as a talent-spotter for the New York Yankees.
According to Variety.com, the singer-turned-actor will be a potential love interest for Eastwood's onscreen daughter, to be played by Amy Adams.
The sports movie will be the first film Eastwood has starred in but not directed since the 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire.
Eastwood previously vowed to bow out of the spotlight so he could concentrate on moviemaking - unless the perfect script came along.
January 31, 2012 4:00pm EST
Pop star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake's movie career continues apace, even as pleas mount for him to return to the recording studio. A few months after landing a role in the Coen Brothers' folk-music flick Inside Llewyn Davis, Timberlake has lined up another prestige project: the Robert Lorenz-directed drama Trouble With the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood (in his first acting gig since 2008's Gran Torino) as an aging, hopefully irascible baseball scout whose vision is failing him. According to Deadline.com, Timberlake will play a rival scout who vies for the affections of Eastwood's character's daughter, played by Amy Adams. We can only guess Clint will be none-to-pleased at the prospect of baby-faced punk like Timberlake making a go at his daughter, and if the filmmakers can somehow work in a variation of "Get off my lawn!" into his dialogue, perhaps substituting "daughter" for "lawn," we'll be thrilled to pieces.
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January 19, 2012 10:38am EST
This past Thanksgiving, we all got a very special reunion with the individuals who have been most important to us throughout our lives...for, after we managed to sneak away from our visiting relatives and friends on break from chiropractor school, we all got a chance to reunite with the wide-eyed, wider-smiling Muppet clan via Disney's The Muppets.
The Muppets, the first feature film to celebrate Jim Henson's family of good-natured showpeople since 1999's Muppets from Space. This new movie, brought to us through the directorial eye of James Bobin and a script co-written by the film's human star Jason Segel, proved to be a film not only about the Muppet characters, but about Muppet-fans just the same. Along with new characters Gary (Segel), Mary (Amy Adams), and Walter (playing himself), the familiar gang of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the like delivered a laugh-infused, whimsical piece of film that reminded many of us exactly why we started loving the Muppets in the first place.
And now, the film is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD, releasing in a special "Wocka Wocka" Value Pack. The package releases on Mar. 20, and the details about the special features are listed below. If you haven't seen The Muppets yet, consider it highly recommended.
3-DISC "WOCKA WOCKA VALUE PACK" [1-Disc Blu-ray, 1-Disc DVD, Digital Copy and Soundtrack Digital Download Card]
The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think): A laugh-out-loud look at the actors’funny gaffs and gags from behind the scenes of making Disney’s The Muppets.
Disney Intermission: Groundbreaking Blu-ray feature. Pausing a movie will never be this much fun, as the Muppets take over the screen every time you stop the disc!
Scratching The Surface - A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney’s The Muppets: Hosted by unit production manager monster J.G., the cast and crew take a behind the scenes look at making Muppet and movie history.
Explaining Evil - The Full Tex Richman Song: Rapping his way through the story of his miserable life, Tex tells audiences why he turned out to be such a rotten guy.
A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through: This hilarious footage follows the Muppet gang as they go to their first table reading of the script.
Eight Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
The Complete Soundtrack
The Combo Pack also comes with the popular theatrical spoof trailers 2-DISC COMBO PACK [1-Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD]
The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think)
Scratching the Surface - A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney’s The Muppets
Explaining Evil - The Full Tex Richman Song
A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through
Audio commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
Hidden Easter Eggs 1-DISC DVD with Soundtrack Digital Download Card
The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think)
Complete Soundtrack1-DISC DVD
The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think) DIGITAL BONUS EXCLUSIVE
Inside Walter’s Trailer: Take a peek inside Walter’s star trailer as he prepares to play his big role.
January 17, 2012 5:23pm EST
Descendants star Matthew Lillard is in talks to join Trouble With the Curve, Clint Eastwood's first turn in front of the camera since Gran Torino, EW has learned. The film concerns an aging baseball scout, played by Eastwood, who must cope with declining eyesight while traveling to Atlanta to evaluate a prospect. Lillard will reportedly also be playing a scout, presumably one with his vision intact. Amy Adams is slated to play Eastwood's daughter.
Director Robert Lorenz is scheduled to begin production on Trouble With the Curve in March.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2012 6:30am EST
In the Superman universe, Prof. Emil Hamilton has been seen both as a bumbling genius and as a paranoid menace. In the real universe, the same can be said for Richard Schiff. The West Wing actor has recently signed onto Zack Snyder's Man of Steel as Hamilton—but the vision of the professor that Schiff will embody is still unclear.
Prof. Hamilton's first appearance in the comic book series presented the character as a "mad scientist" sort of villain who lost his mind after Metropolis' primary bad guy Lex Luthor stole all of his ingenious inventions. After a full mental health recovery, Hamilton was shown to be an ally of Superman's, helping him solve various crimes with technological developments and scientific research.
However, Hamilton has also been shown, primarily in recent incarnations of the character, to be a figure who distrusts Superman and considers him a threat to the world. Considering the acting talent placed behind the role, I'd guess that Man of Steel is working towards this version of Hamilton, whose genius might be applied in cooperation with the resources of one of Superman's more prominent villains (Luthor, most likely), to attack the superhero.
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.
December 31, 2011 4:00am EST
The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.
The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.
There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.
However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.
Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.
Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.
The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.
January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.
As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.
In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.
Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.
There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.
Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.
Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.
Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.
Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.
The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.
Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.
March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-O was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.
But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.
March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.
Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.
But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.
Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.
Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.
There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.
There was a close call for actor David Arquette after he was in a head-on car crash in Los Angeles, and Glee star Lea Michele was also involved in a smash when her car was struck by a drunk driver.
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had a lucky escape after he was shot in the hand during a visit to his native Haiti, while James Taylor suffered a broken leg in a skiing accident in Utah.
Courtroom battles loomed for Britney Spears, who was hit with a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit over a perfume deal, and Jay-Z was accused of trademark infringement over the logo for Roc Nation.
Even clean-cut teen pop sensation Justin Bieber found himself named in court papers after a songwriting duo sued over claims they hadn't received royalties for his hit song One Less Lonely Girl.
There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April (11), but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?
The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April (11) - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March (11). Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.
Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.
But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.
April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.
May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.
As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.
New romances between Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, as well as Nick Jonas and Australian pop star Delta Goodrem also came to light.
It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.
Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.
It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.
As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.
Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.
However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.
There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.
The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.
In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The CMT Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.
The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne.
December 07, 2011 11:43am EST
No, you won't be hosting a Writers' Guild Awards night in your swanky Soho loft or participating in the office pool to see who wins, but the WGA awards are a measure of the success that often goes unnoticed: writing. It's the backbone of any great series or episode and while it's not exciting, it's always wonderful to see great shows get some of the recognition they so greatly deserve. This year's nominees include many of my personal favorites like Homeland, Louie and Parks and Recreation, so don't mind me while I smile proudly and do a mini-fist pump for each nominee.
From the WGA:
Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO
The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Hannibal Buress, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Jon Haller, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Dylan Morgan, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Alec Berg, Larry David, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer; HBO
Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.; FX
Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC
Parks & Recreation, Written by Greg Daniels, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Emily Kapnek, Dave King, Greg Levine, Aisha Muharrar, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Brian Rowe, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Emily Spivey, Alan Yang, Harris Wittels; NBC
Episodes, Written by David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik; Showtime
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
The Killing, Written by Linda Burstyn, Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh, Dan Nowak, Nic Pizzolatto, Dawn Prestwich, Veena Sud, Nicole Yorkin, Aaron Zelman; AMC
New Girl, Written by Nick Adams, Rachel Axler, Brett Baer, Donick Cary, Dave Finkel, Berkley Johnson, Josh Malmuth, Elizabeth Meriwether, J.J. Philbin, Joe Port, Luvh Rakhe, Joe Wiseman; Fox
“A Dangerous Maid” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Itamar Moses; HBO
“The Age of Reason” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Bathsheba Doran; HBO
“Box Cutter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
“End Times” (Breaking Bad), Written by Thomas Schnauz & Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
“The Good Soldier” (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell; Showtime
“Just Let Go” (Dexter), Written by Jace Richdale; Showtime
“Caught in the Act” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC
“Goodbye Michael, Part 2” (The Office), Written by Greg Daniels; NBC
“Mother’s Day” (Modern Family), Written by Dan O’Shannon & Ilana Wernick; ABC
“Object Impermanence” (Weeds), Written by Stephen Falk; Showtime
“PDA” (The Office), Written by Robert Padnick; NBC
“Queen of Jordan” (30 Rock), Written by Tracey Wigfield; NBC
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November 28, 2011 8:44am EST
When we were kids, we would leave the theater after seeing a great, rousing movie and feel as if we were still in the world of the film. It captured our imaginations, rapt us up and for a few hours, and infused us with whatever the spirit of that film happened to be. Sometimes a really great film can still create that sensation, but what never fails to come out of an impressive film -- at least for us ladies -- are a few bouts of fashion inspiration. And it just so happens the slate of movies coming out during the holiday season are rife with just that.
Source: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Cut your hair short, embrace the androgynous style. Rock those facial piercings and ear gauges and let your tattoos peek out through strategically-placed holes made to look oh-so accidental. Get ready for winter with midnight-hued cowl neck scarves that double as hoods – perfect for hiding from the world. Leather jackets as shirts? Yes, please. And don’t forget to surround your eyes with enough black eye shadow and eyeliner to make even the smokiest of smoky eye makeup run for cover. Rooney Mara gives this look a whole new life in David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling book and if you don’t believe it’s going to be a trend, check out H&M’s latest collection.
Colorful, Modernized 50s Dresses
Source: The Muppets
The time has come! Fifties-style dresses are no longer just for people living the dream of the 90s in Portland! (That's my best attempt at avoiding the tired term, "hipster.") Amy Adams’ colorful, cheerful wardrobe in The Muppets plays with all the old fashioned, sweet elements we love from the 50s -- from flouncy A-line skirts to button-up tops with adorable belts cinched at the waist to those classic cat-eye sunglasses. Miss Adams is a modern day vintage-y vision and likely the catalyst for the proliferation of a trend that I’m personally a big fan of. Bring it on!
The Pouty, Undead Look
Source: The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn
After being swept up by the romance of the wedding and the spectacular honeymoon in the long-awaited Twilight (almost) series-ender, how could you not want to embrace the wintry pallor? And when you see legions of young ladies waltzing around this chilly season with pale face makeup and sangria-hued lips, you can blame that (SPOILER) scene at the end of the movie. If Edward likes Bella like that, maybe Robert Pattinson will like me like that too, right?
Ironic Hello Kitty Shirts
Source: Young Adult
She may be the model of underdevelopment, but Charlize Theron sure pulls off that cutesy t-shirt -- in her own way. I hope I’m wrong, but if the cuddly cartoon character t-shirt fad comes back – however briefly – you can direct all your internet ire towards Miss Theron. And those who jump on board, just know, you’re probably missing the point of the flick – Hello Kitty is only cute on 10 year-olds.
Victorian, Military-Inspired Outerwear
Source: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
In the highly-anticipated Sherlock Holmes sequel – come on, any woman with half her sight is itching to see RDJ and Jude Law run around in Victorian garb for two hours – Noomi Rapace takes the role of leading lady. But you won’t see her donning red silk gowns like Rachel McAdams did in the original. Everything we’ve seen of Rapace shows her in typical gypsy attire and running around with the boys in a dress paired with a military-style coat. And you know what? It’s pretty cute. I may latch onto this combo myself!
Short, Bouncy Haircuts and Curve-Hugging Pencil Skirts
Source: My Week With Marilyn
Curvy girls already know pencil skirts are our best friends, but after watching the Marilyn Monroe biopic, I have no doubt the Marilyn style bug will bite a few ladies. The short, sexy curls, the red lipstick, the form-fitting (and semi-constricting) skirts are all synonymous with the woman who couldn’t help but capture the world’s attention. And you can bet there will be more than a few gals hoping to harness some of that magic with classic Marilyn style.