Actress Saoirse Ronan has formed an unlikely bond with punk rock icon Patti Smith after the musician asked to meet her at one of her film premieres earlier this year (13). The Atonement star admits she was stunned when the Because The Night hitmaker turned up at the New York premiere of her film The Host to check out her work, and even more surprised when Smith asked to be introduced to the teen.
Ronan reveals the singer shared "these amazing words of wisdom" about life in the spotlight and then followed up their chat with a sweet email on her 19th birthday in April (13).
She tells The New York Times Style Magazine, "Out of all the people I've met through showbusiness, she's the most incredible, such a generous and kind and intelligent woman."
And Smith insists the admiration is mutual: "I've just been captivated by watching her. She has a certain inner sincerity that comes out and magnifies her character. She's so gifted. I enjoyed meeting her so much. She is very singular. I mean, I don't think she's innately fragile. I think she's very strong."
Jessie Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are joining forces to be tepidly awkward together once again, but not for the hotly anticipated Adven2reland. The pair will star together in American Ultra, an action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film's screenplay was written by Max Landis, the scribe of 2012's super-hero thriller Chronicle.
In the upcoming film, Mike (Eisenberg) is a lazy stoner who lives with his girlfriend Pheobe (Stewart). One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
The two stars possessed a nerdy charm and chemistry that made Adventureland an enjoyable indie hit. Hopefully they can transfer that chemistry to this new film which sounds like it has more of a moving plot then a coming of age amusement park dramedy. Ever since Adventureland, the two stars have had divergent career paths —Eisenberg successfully taking on high profile projects like The Social Network and being nominated for awards, while Stewart stormed the box office (and the gossip columns) as Bella Swan, but has had trouble kicking off a new film franchise. After the Twilight explosion ended and Snow White and the Huntsman flopped, Stewart has been seeking shelter in indie projects. While this mini Adventureland reunion could be a satifying dose of 2009 nostalgia, it is missing a key component. Unfortunately, creepy Ryan Reynolds will not be taking part in the new film.
Punk icon Patti Smith has paid another tribute to late pal Lou Reed, insisting the rocker picked a "perfect day" to die. The Because the Night singer has revealed she searched for the "significance" of day the Velvet Underground frontman lost his life last month (27Oct13).
In an article for the New Yorker, Smith writes, "I found it to be the birthday of both Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. Lou had chosen the perfect day to set sail - the day of poets, on Sunday morning, the world behind him."
Reed lost his battle with liver disease at his home in New York state. He was 71.
In a previous tribute to the late rocker, Smith wrote, "Lou was a very special poet... One thing I got from Lou, that never went away, was the process of performing live over a beat, improvising poetry, how he moved over three chords for 14 minutes. That was a revelation to me."
Where we left off: Dana finally realized what a mega creep Leo is and headed back home, Carrie was kidnapped by Javadi's men, and Saul was told he's not going to be become director of the CIA.
"Still Positive"In this episode, Dana proves that she is a complete nightmare of a daughter, Saul reveals that he knows Javadi better than he initially let on, and Carrie is so pregnant.
Let's just get the big reveal of the episode out of the way: Carrie is definitely pregnant. With whose baby? We don't know yet, but we can only hope that it's Brody's and not the random guy she met in the liquor store because… come on. Although, either way you look at it, Homeland just became much more like Grey's Anatomy than it has ever been before. We all know Carrie, and this is just not something she's going to be handle well, especially since she's presently in the middle of this "catching terrorists" thing. Adding this twist just means we’re going to be seeing a lot more of sad and overwhelmed Carrie, and that's the worst.
While Carrie's little surprise was the classic last-minute-of-Homeland shocker that the writers love to include at the end, the meat of the episode is a cat and mouse chase featuring Saul and Javadi. Apparently Saul has known the Iranian intelligence mastermind since the late '70s when he betrayed Saul in Iran and killed four of his informants. As revenge, Saul helped Javadi’s wife and son escape the terrorist's grasp. Now we know just how invested Saul really is in this plot to catch Javadi, which is a solid layer for him. Sometimes we forget that Saul has been doing this whole spy thing much longer than we give him credit for, and that the show isn’t just about Carrie.
Where things get really interesting, though, is when Carrie waits approximately five whole seconds before she drops a massive truth bomb and let’s Javadi know that they’ve trapped him. It's a little strange that Saul and Carrie spent over three months planning and executing a ploy to capture Javadi, and then after less than an hour of it actually working out, Carrie shows him all of her cards. I guess there are positives and negatives to the rash move. No, we don't get to see Carrie be an excellent double agent anymore, but we do get to see the plot move forward faster than it usually does. Also — and this might be the most important positive to Carrie's move — Carrie is finally in control again. We’ve grown so used to seeing Carrie play second to Saul, but this time she's calling the shots. It's no fun to watch Carrie be insecure and unsure of herself (especially since we're going to have enough of that with a baby plot to deal with); we love strong, confident Carrie way more.
So with Javadi finally playing by their rules, Carrie sets a meeting point where she’ll take him to Saul. But uh-oh, Javadi is seriously one evil man, and he has some things to finish up before he can meet with Saul. In one of the bloodiest and most terrifying scenes this season, Javadi shows up at the home of his now ex-wife, and ruthlessly stabs her to death with a broken bottle. And as Quinn notes as he takes Javadi away from the crime scene, "This is just the f**king beginning." Yes, Quinn, yes it is.
Meanwhile in Dana's fantasy world where she's the only one that matters, she changes her last name (Brody) to her mom's maiden name (Lazaro). This move is actually a nice touch and it gives us a feeling that she's attempting to start fresh and finally move on from her father's path of destruction. Too bad she takes it step too far and casually lets her mother know that she's moving in with some girl named Angela that we've never met before. Here is what went through my mind while I watched the ridiculous Dana scene:
"What is wrong with Dana? What goes on in her head? She is a mother's worst nightmare. Look at Chris chillin' in the background — I think he might have forgotten how to speak. How is everyone okay with this? Where is she going? Who is Angela? What is happening? This isn't normal. This episode was going places until Dana happened."
Okay, Dana. That sounds like a great idea. We'll see you back in your mother's home when you realize that you don't know everything about life yet. But hey, on the upside, maybe this means that Chris will finally get some attention from his mom, and you know, actually have a line to say.
Highlight of the episode: The fact that Carrie’s pregnancy test takes less than a second to give her the results.
Upset of the episode: Still no Brody. At this point, it's not that I’m upset that he's not in the episode, it’s that I don’t know when he's coming back and I'm tired of waiting for him. Either bring him back or kill him for good.
Rapper Future has fuelled speculation his new fiancee Ciara is pregnant after failing to confirm or deny reports the singer is expecting his baby. The Goodies beauty, who is known for showing off her abs onstage, sparked claims she was with child last month (Oct13) after sporting what appeared to be a small baby bump under her loose-fitting leather halter top while performing at the Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards in New York.
The gossip only heated up this weekend (02-03Nov13) when she performed at the Beats on the Beach festival in the United Arab Emirates, where she was again snapped with an apparently bloated belly.
Ciara has yet to address the reports, but Future did little to put a stop to the speculation during a Connecticut radio interview recently when he was quizzed about the couple's family plans live on air.
Asked by DJ Jenny Boom Boom if there was any truth to the pregnancy claims, he vaguely replied, "A rumour is a rumour!"
Future proposed to his girlfriend of one year late last month (Oct13) as they celebrated Ciara's 28th birthday in New York.
The R&B star has previously been linked to rapper Bow Wow, basketball ace Amar'e Stoudemire and 50 Cent
If the couple is expecting its first child together, it won't be Future's first - he recently agreed to pay child support to ex-girlfriend Jessica Smith after she proved he had fathered her 10-year-old son, and in February (13), he was hit with a second paternity lawsuit by a Georgia woman who claimed she had given birth to his lovechild last December (12).
A deep knowledge of vocabulary is a true mark of distinction. After all you can't live you life going around saying "totes" and "obvi's" for the rest of your life. And you don't have to sit in on an GRE prep class or subscribe to the New Yorker to sharpen your vocabulary.
With a reputation of educating the populace through gif-laden listacle, Buzzfeed presents a vocab-packed educational video to help guide you through this laborious landscape. No more struggling to find a "mot juste" for your Thought Catalog piece or expertly constructed missives to your ex. Or articulating your deep thoughts on art critique: "Georgia O'Keeffe paintings are very yonic."
So keep that thesaurus at the ready and dominate those crossword puzzles or just confuse autocorrect with all your highbrow texts. And if you ever find yourself faced with an unfamiliar word, you can always Google it — an example of "denominalization."
Humans take for granted their sense of vision so it's always interesting to see how animals see the world from their viewpoint. We all know to avoid wearing red when in Pamplona, Spain and that you should freeze when confronted by a giant T-Rex to avoid detection, but how does the rest of the animal kingdom work?
Using some tricky camera work and color filters, this video from Buzzfeed illustrates how different creatures detect light, heat and movement. First of all, flies totally have beer goggles. Also, now we know why mice are so tricky to catch and why sharks sometimes have the tendency to eat people. It's not their fault!
So instead of sitting through countless hours of nature documentaries, you can simply watch this video to get the gist on animal vision. It also debunks some persistent myths, like dogs only see in black and white and cats can see right through your bulls**t. Maybe that last part is false.
Getting the likes of Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline in one film should be a recipe for a rousing success, and in many ways throughout Last Vegas, the casting is very successful. The main cast gives everything actors can really contribute to a film, and they excel as well as they can with what they're given. But the film shows that, at the end of the day, the script is king, and Last Vegas falters because its dreadfully weak writing hinders some fun performances.
Like another Vegas comedy, to which comparisons are unavoidable, the film centers around a bachelor party. Billy (Douglas) is trying to hold onto his youth with the grip of an iron vice. He's engaged to a much younger woman and decides that his wedding is the perfect time to rekindle his relationship with his three best friends, a group friendship that has frayed over the years. Archie (Freeman), Paddy (De Niro) and Sam (Kline) pack up to experience a weekend full of geriatric high jinks before Billy's wedding. Each of the four characters travels to Vegas with a certain amount of baggage stowed away in the carry-on compartment, and it's all related to aging, but the resolution to all of these character threads ends way too predictably. The first resolution to each of their stories that swirls around in your head while watching will undoubtedly be the one that pops up on screen before the credits roll.
One of the biggest sins Last Vegas makes is that it's just not all that funny, and the problem lies in the script. The film seems content with telling the same joke about old people over and over again, ad nauseam. It can barely mine humor from any other source besides the characters' advanced ages, pounding that theme into your head like a pulsing jackhammer. Jokes are fired at a machine gun pace, but so many of them fall ridiculously flat. Even when the cast is able to sell some of the feeble punchlines, they still aren't very clever or memorable. If anything, it makes it clear to see why these actors are as celebrated as they are. They all posses a serious amount of charm that bounces across the screen and makes the duds clank a little less loudly.
In fact, any enjoyment to be had from Last Vegas stems solely from the performances of the principal men, and sultry lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). All five actors possess a natural chemistry that carries the film's limp material around long after the script has forgotten how to be clever. They all have an excitable energy that permeates the rest of the film, but energy means little when they aren't saying anything particularly interesting. During the film, you're never quite bored or offended, but you're never excited either. It just chugs along in a miasma of general competence but not much else.
Last Vegas isn't quite dead on arrival but it's no a spring chicken either. Its high points ride on the backs of its stars' finely aged charisma, and much of the pleasing aspects that exist in Last Vegas would still be intact if the film just consisted of the actors sitting in a room, chewing the fat with each other without a script or direction. At the very least, they would have fewer stupid things to say. What happened in Vegas probably should have stayed there.
Beyond home movies and the melodramatic minds of film school students, comes a new renaissance in amateur movie making. Flip cameras have been quickly replaced by Apples iMovie app followed shortly by Instagram video and Vine — inspiring everyone and their mother to make quirky little clips, mostly involving cats. While we appreciate the vast quantity of cat films out there, new video making apps like Cameo are looking to empower users to rethink mobile video in terms more ambitious than six seconds.
Launched earlier this month, Cameo's goal is to share stories and "turn your life into a movie in real time." Cameo lets users shoot 720p HD videos on their phones or tablets to create two-minute videos, although with no shot being longer than six seconds. The six-second cap-out appeals to our ADD, and their tools that allow users to edit and reorder films, add title cards, soundtracks and other professional-grade effects provides a set of tools to get creative without a working knowledge of Final Cut or Avid.
While Vine and Instagram are all about the instantaneous social aspect, Cameo is about creative collaboration and intentional movie making. You can collaborate with up to three friends in real time and the real kicker: unlike Vine and iMovie, Cameo provides Cloud storage so your videos don't eat up space and renders them without draining away your battery life. What sets Cameo (and its new competitor JumpCam) apart from its predecessors like Viddy and Directr, is that it simplifies the mobile moviemaking process. It also doesn't cite Kim Kardashian as a promoter like the app Keek did. We ALL know what kinds of videos Kim K likes to make.
As for the future uses of these apps — naturally it's the marketers that latch on first. We've seen the collaborative capacity of Vine, when Airbnb asked its users to submit scripted shots from all over using Twitter to create the first short film shot on Vine, entitled Hollywood & Vines. As for Cameo, bands are creating music videos and its branded theme option opens up the medium to the possibility of mobile reporting. Will Cameo spark a new generation of filmmakers or will it be another platform for corporate flash mob clips?
Ignorance is bliss, as they say — but insatiable curiosity will always win out. The Internet is like fast food chicken nuggets, a never-ending sludge of uncomfortable truth, but let's go down the rabbit hole together shall we?
As always, Buzzfeed is ready to tell us bizarre trivia about just how dirty our world really is —that and dolphins have very versatile sexual organs. Somehow we missed that part of the show at Sea World. Speaking of freakish Mother Nature, there are giant hornets killing people in China. We will never UNSEE that photo, and now so can you!
For all those people who create a fortress of toilet paper when using the bathroom, you're doing it wrong. Just as we suspected, poop is everywhere and the bathroom is the last place you should worry about. You'll think twice about using that office mug next time around.