Tom Hardy has built a career out of playing no-nonsense tough guys in film, but his next project represents a bit of a departure for the actor. Hardy will face the exciting world of piano ballads and Jaunty 70's pop for his newest role as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. However, we wonder if he has the trademark pipes and nimble fingers to successfully portray the piano playing pop-legend.
While Hardy has been spending his career as of late slapping on muscle and playing hulking strong men, he will have to seriously lay of the weights to play a true-to-period Rocketman. It’s a good thing Hardy is a versatile actor that can shrink and grow into roles quite effortlessly. All Hardy needs is an unreasonable amount of sunglasses and he should be golden.
Focus features will give the film a major U.S release, and Elton John himself will be re-recording many of his most iconic hits for use in the film. Rocketman will begin shooting next fall.
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If anyone was wondering what the fantastic Bob Barker has been up to lately, the answer - weirdly enough - is saving zoo elephants.
The former The Price is Right host dipped into the stores of money from his lucrative hosting gig, and paid nearly a million dollars to have a trio of elephants transported from a zoo in Canada to an animal sanctuary in California run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society.
Barker was visibly moved by the relocation of the elephants. "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes," said Bob, "I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry." Barker also said that he is dedicated to using his wealth for good, saying, "I had a job that I loved. I was very well paid for it, and now I'm spending my money. I intend to die broke."
The elephants, named Iringa, Thika, and Toka, will now enjoy larger pastures to roam around in, and presumably, use the increased space to play animal-sized versions of Plinko.
Constantin Film learned two valuable lessons after releasing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. One is that young adult readers are fickle, and two is that continually yelling that your movie is a huge deal doesn't make it a huge deal. After the domestic box-office take failed to come remotely close to it’s $60 million budget, production was smartly halted on its sequel, City of Ashes. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that production of the sequel will start back up again next year, against all tenants of general common sense.
Even in the face of City of Bones' disappointing box-office numbers, Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz remains confident. "The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going," Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles."
Even if you are able to entertain fans that were already familiar with the book series, that does not translate into a successful film. The studio needs to focus its efforts on attracting fresh eyes to the project, or the second film will likely do just as bad or worse than the first one. Moszkowicz goes on to say, "We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film -- particularly with the positioning and marketing -- and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]."
The issue facing The Mortal Instruments series might be that there is simply an oversaturation of young adult novels on the cinematic horizon. With The Hunger Games series still postioned as the reigning king of teenage angst, and the upcoming Divergence nipping at its heels, is there any room for the generic-looking The Mortal Instruments series? Only time and ticket receipts will tell.
Robert Downey, Jr. has been crowned Hollywood's Most Valuable Star for the second consecutive year in a new magazine poll. The Iron Man actor retained his place at number one on the Vulture.com top 100 list, earning him the title of 'The King' by website editors, who took into account factors including film box office takings, studio value, and likeability with fans and critics alike for the countdown.
He beat Leonardo DiCaprio, who was ranked in second place, followed by The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in third.
Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt rounded out the top five, while Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks all feature in the top 10.
Yoga is all about "clearing the mind" and "creating space," and [insert pseudo spiritual thought here], but really we're just thinking about what we're going to have for dinner that night and trying our damndest not to fart.
While many of us will not attain the sphinx-like figure and flexibility as the yoga model in this Buzzfeed video, it's comforting to know that we're all thinking about the same things. Such as pondering if all this flexibility will translate to the boudoir and quietly judging the people who leave during shavasana.
While the physical process of yoga and the elevated feeling of sweat mingled with accomplishment is the reason we attend, really we're just thinking the whole time – when will this session end?
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A certain colonel is coming back to finally rid Pandora of its blue cat-people problem.
Seemingly unperturbed by the gigantic arrows that were shot through his body by vengeful Na'vi, Stephen Lang will return with his character Colonel Quartich for not one or two but three Avatar sequels. Since it has taken almost five years for the next Avatar sequel to even being filming, we're wondering how old Stephen Lang will be by the time Avatar 4 rolls around. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that Avatar 4 will reportedly be a prequel, in which Colonel Quartich is younger than he was in the original movie. Our ability to suspend our disbelief will be stretched to its limit. About as far as it was when learned someone thought it was a good idea to cast Giovanni Ribisi as the head of a gigantic corporation.
And so, we continue along the trend of older actors are playing action roles that don’t necessarily suit their ages. We saw Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone trudge their way through Escape Plan with mixed results, and we’re wondering if Stephen Lang will still be believable in the role by the time Avatar 4 comes out. The man is already 61 for heavens sake! Maybe it's time to put down bowie knife and leave the cat-people genocide to a younger and more spry gentleman with the same brewing hatred for things that are different and foriegn.
Rapper Nelly made sure Arsenio Hall honoured a baseball bet the pair made earlier this month (Oct13) by taking charge of the comedian's U.S. chat show on Monday night (21Oct13) and introducing the host as a rapper. The two friends bet each other their team would move on to baseball's World Series with Hall offering to perform Nelly's Country Grammar on his show if his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers were beaten in the National League Division Series by the rapper's St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals clinched their place in the finals on Friday night (18Oct13) and Nelly returned to the show on Monday to make sure Hall came through on the bet.
Nelly said, "Ladies and gentlemen, because I won and he lost... Performing the hit classic, a song by all American traditions should be one of the biggest in your hearts, not only in your minds, here to perform the hit smash Country Grammar, please welcome your loser, Arsenio Hall."
Hall stepped out wearing an Ozzie Smith Cardinals shirt and performed a segment from the hit.
The 50th anniversary episode of cult sci-fi show Doctor Who will be beamed into cinemas around the world for special 3D screenings as it airs on TV in Britain. BBC Worldwide bosses have announced that fans will be able to watch the eagerly awaited episode, titled The Day Of The Doctor, on the big screen in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Germany and Russia on 23 November (13).
Due to time constraints, fans in Australia and New Zealand will get to see the 3D experience the following day (24Nov13).
The new season of Doctor Who will be current TV time lord Matt Smith's last - he will be replaced by Peter Capaldi.
A heckler was booted from an Elliott Smith tribute concert in London on Monday (21Oct13) after becoming engaged in a foul-mouthed argument with singer/songwriter Damon Gough. The musician, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, was headlining the Elliott Smith Tribute Act, when a gig-goer became upset because he wasn't performing tragic Smith's tracks.
Instead, Gough launched into a 10-minute speech while strumming on his guitar.
The fan blasted him by shouting, "Elliott wouldn't have wanted this!", prompting the star to lash out from the stage, branding the loud fan a "c**t" and allegedly telling him to "f**k off and die".
The male was escorted from The Brixton Windmill venue, allowing Gough to continue with his performance in peace.
The show, held on the 10th anniversary of Smith's death, also featured appearances by Sweetheart Contract AAG (All American Girl) and singer Jaq Gallier and raised $3,000 (£2,000) for British mental health charity Mind.
Meanwhile, a similar tribute gig was held on the same night in New York, where singers Cat Power and Sky Ferreira teamed up for a duet in the Miss Misery Oscar nominee's memory.
It's not the first time Badly Drawn Boy has lost his temper onstage - he hit headlines last year (12) after throwing a harmonica brace at a female heckler in England, while he was forced to apologise to fans in 2010 following a shambolic set in Los Angeles which ended in him walking off stage after just four songs.
DJ Pauly D just landed a new gig: becoming a father.
According to E!, Former Jersey Shore cast member welcomed a baby girl today. The DJ is reportedly "very excited" and "has always wanted kids." Pauly D did not have a previous relationship with the mother of the child, but he is looking forward to building a relationship with her.
Pauly D is the second Jersey Shore alum to bring a baby into the world after Snooki gave birth to baby Lorenzo in 2012. Regarding Snooki's baby, Pauly D told People in an interview last year, "I want to be Uncle Pauly and I want to be a part of that baby's life, because Snooki is one of my best friends now, and I'd love to be with her when she's delivering the baby, and I'd love to babysit." It looks like Pauly D just got an upgrade in responsibility.
We imagine the first things Pauly D picked up on the way to the hospital were an Ed Hardy onesie and baby’s first tanning bed, obviously just the sort of things every baby needs.