Actress Christina Applegate has been icing her shoulder in between scenes for new movie Vacation after injuring herself during a work out session. The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy star raised eyebrows on set in Tucker, Georgia on Thursday (18Sep14), when she was photographed sporting a make-shift bandage around the top of her right shoulder to hold an ice pack in place.
Initial reports suggested Applegate had dislocated her shoulder, but a source now tells Eonline.com, "She hurt herself while working out."
However, the injury is said to be "very minor", with the insider adding that it's "nothing serious at all".
Vacation is a remake of Chevy Chase's classic 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. The veteran actor and his former co-star Beverly D'Angelo will reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in the reboot, which will focus on the adventures of their onscreen son Rusty, played by Ed Helms.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day and Leslie Mann have also signed on for the project.
Actress Leslie Mann has been tapped to join Ed Helms in the upcoming reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation. The This Is 40 star has been cast as Audrey Griswold, the sister of Helms' Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, who were played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the classic 1983 comedy.
The new film, titled Vacation, follows Rusty as an adult experiencing his own family break.
Christina Applegate has also signed up to play Rusty's wife, and Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth is reportedly in negotiations to join the cast as Audrey's husband.
Both Chase and D'Angelo are slated to reprise their roles in cameos. Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron, who portrayed Rusty and Audrey as kids in the 1983 comedy, are not expected to appear in the new film.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Amidst all the TV cancelations, here's some good news to tide you over this weekend: ABC is officially bringing back many of its hit shows for the 2013-2014 season: Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Suburgatory, Modern Family, The Middle, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing, and Castle.
Rookie series Nashville will return for a second season, bringing with it more country songs and soapy drama with Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Grey's Anatomy will return for an impressive tenth season with its core cast in tact, as stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., and Justin Chambers all signed two-year contracts last year, taking them through Season 10. Scandal, Revenge, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and Once Upon a Time will return for a third season each, Modern Family and The Middle will return for a fifth season each, The Neighbors will return for a second season, and Castle will return for a sixth.
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Actress Teri Hatcher took time out of her busy schedule last weekend (27-28Apr13) to host a charity yard sale in California. The former Desperate Housewives star hosted the event on Saturday (27Apr13), and raided her own memorabilia collection to offer up items including a signed Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman poster, as well as a Superman action figure.
Vanessa Williams, Carrie Fisher and Ellen DeGeneres were also among the stars who donated items to the Glendale sale, which was held to raise funds for the Juvenile Arthritis Association.
Saturday Night Live's current female MVP Kate McKinnon has already gained an incredible amount of respect for her scene-stealing characters on the late night show. One impersonation she really nails? Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Hey, if you don't believe us, take the real Ellen DeGeneres' word for it:
The highest form of flattery you can get is from the person you're flattering by impersonating... isn't that how that old saying goes?
Ellen liked Kate's portrayal so much she had the comedian come on Ellen on Wednesday to reprise her impersonation, and things get... well, a little confusing. Watch the video below to see Kate impersonating Ellen, Ellen impersonating Kate impersonating Ellen, and Kate impersonating Ellen impersonating Kate impersonating Ellen and you get the idea:
See, we told you it gets confusing! But we bet you couldn't stop smiling the whole time you were watching, right?
Better step up your game, Alex on Happy Endings!
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Slam Back a Frosty Beer:
Farewell Roger Ebert: On Thursday, famed film critic Roger Ebert passed away from cancer. We will all miss his defining voice on pop culture and will never forget all that he's done.
The Kardashian sisters are suing their ex-stepmother: Apparently, she's been selling photos to the tabloids of the Kardashians... because heaven forbid that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney end up in the media!
Bradley Cooper got a perm: We never thought something could make Cooper look bad... until now.
Ryan Cabrera tattooed Ryan Gosling's face on his calf: And the image was taken from a "How to Draw" site.
Mix a Gin and Tonic... But Make It a Double:
Huge missed opportunity: In all the Late Night show hullabaloo, why wasn't a woman considered to take over for Jay Leno?
Disney shut down LucasArts: The videogame company overseen by Lucasfilm that’s produced nearly three decades worth of Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, not to mention the Monkey Island saga, will be no more.
Courtney Stodden posed nude: And got groped by a zombie. You read that right.
Buckwild star died at 21: Shain Gandee was found dead in his car on Monday along with two of his relatives. MTV halted production on Season 2 of the show.
Screw it... Just Take a Shot:
We live in a society where anti-rape underwear is a thing: This shouldn't have to be an invention that exists. It really shouldn't.
The Late Night war got nasty: David Letterman talked sh*t about Leno, NBC, and the whole ordeal. Can we just be done with all the drama?
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray serenades Anderson Cooper from jail: We really don't know what to make of this one. Take two shots.
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Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo might be traveling down that holiday roooo-oooo-aaaa-d one more time. According to Variety, the Vacation stars are in talk to reprise their roles as iconic 80s couple (and, okay fine, the 90s if you count Vegas Vacation, which you definitely shouldn't) Clark and Ellen Griswold.
The two would meet up with their now-grown son Rusty (played by Ed Helms having his first go as Griswold kid) and his wife (played by Christina Applegate) who are visiting them during a stop on a road trip. Clark will, no doubt be doing something to "fix" the house and Ellen willing lovingly roll her eyes...but where the hell is Audrey?! Hollywood.com reached out to Chase's rep for comments, but they were immediately available for a statement. D'Angelo's rep told us that the actress is, in fact, in talks.
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While the film — which is being written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Horrible Bosses) — will be a star vehicle for Helms, you just couldn't have a Vacation movie without Clark and Ellen. Even if it is, as Variety reports, just for a cameo. During an interview with Hollywood.com Goldstein assured fans that the upcoming reboot is "a legitimate updating of the franchise." Either way, it's a pretty safe bet that Randy Quaid isn't going to be on board to bring back Uncle Eddie.
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Now that the doctors officially own the hospital on Grey's Anatomy, it’s time to reopen the ER under its new name, Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. And while the doctors on the board are concerned with the new struggles that come with owning a hospital, all Dr. April Kepner's (Sarah Drew) mind is elsewhere.
"She’s just so relieved that the ER is back and up and running," Drew tells Hollywood.com. "[Tonight], we have the reveal of the new ER with all the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital logos and we have a bunch of bright, shiny, new toys. So she’s super psyched about all the new stuff that this new regime has enabled to happen."
Drew says April is lucky — she doesn’t have to worry about the business side of the hospital, unlike its new owners, who face some struggles opening Grey Sloan Memorial. "They are all very passionate people and particularly excited about their projects that they’re working on," Drew says. "They’re not as interested in the bureaucratic nonsense, like trying to push for funding and making the administrative decisions that need to be made. We’ll see them struggling with wanting to be who they feel they’re striving to be but also fill this role of hospital owners, which just makes everything more complex."
It’s especially hard for Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), who was appointed as head of the board by his own mother, much to the chagrin of the other, more experienced doctors. "It continues to be a difficult line for him to walk because he’s the youngest of the bunch and the newest of the bunch to the hospital," Drew says. "He spars a lot with Callie in particular over the next few episodes. But we’ll see him beginning to come into his own, take the reigns, and try to do the best he can possibly do given the circumstances."
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So how does his new leadership role affect April’s complicated relationship with Jackson? "They’ll always have some kind of magnetic draw to one another, but I don’t think April has ever been truly able to articulate how she feels about Jackson," Drew says. "She’s never actually told him how she feels about him. In her head, she thinks that he’s not the right fit for her. He doesn’t see the world the same way she does. But in her heart, she feels the opposite. She doesn’t know how to make her head and her heart communicate with each other. It’s hard."
And now that born-again virgin April is getting serious with her new EMT boyfriend Matthew (Justin Bruening) — who she says is "just perfect in every way" — expect her past with Jackson to complicate her present. "April is in total distress after lying to Matthew [about being a virgin], plus she’s realizing that she really does miss sex. Quite a lot, actually," Drew teases. "She wants to have sex with Matthew but feels guilty for even wanting it, and doesn’t want to lose him. She’s in a whole new tizzy about that."
Her confusion leads her to seek advice from an interesting source. "She goes to Meredith for advice which is a sort of ridiculous person to go to about that," Drew says. "Meredith is on the polar opposite spectrum about feeling guilty about sex, so that’s a pretty hilarious interchange."
It’s also bad timing for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), since tonight’s episode, "Idle Hands," focuses on her anxieties about her pregnancy. "She’s dark and twisty as she’s been for nine seasons, so she’s imagining that everything that could potentially go wrong will go wrong," Drew says. "Like, 'What happens if my kid comes out with 10 legs and four hearts? What if my kid is an alien?' She’s dealing with a lot of fear."
But tonight, Meredith and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) will have something to celebrate: "They do reveal the gender of the baby," Drew says. "But I can’t tell you what it is!"
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC.
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