A representative for Gordon Ramsay is playing down a rent battle between the celebrity chef and the landlord of his now-defunct restaurant in Los Angeles, insisting the matter is "unfortunate" but "inevitable". The TV cook closed The Fat Cow at the city's The Grove mall in March (14), and his former landlord claims Ramsay broke his long-term lease agreement when he walked away from the restaurant.
The landlord has filed a lawsuit demanding $6 million (£3.5 million) from the chef, but Ramsay insists the legal spat is no big deal.
His rep tells WENN, "It's the unfortunate, but inevitable normal procedure following the closure of a restaurant."
Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is set to test his culinary skills onscreen after joining the cast of Bradley Cooper's new chef movie. The Hangover star Cooper will portray an embattled chef hoping to make his career comeback by landing his third Michelin star and Rhys will turn up the heat with the Oscar nominee as his movie nemesis, reports Deadline.com.
The currently-untitled film, co-starring Sienna Miller and Jamie Dornan, is currently shooting in London.
It is not yet known if The Americans actor will undergo any professional kitchen training before stepping foot onset, but Cooper received tips from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and even tried his hand at flipping burgers at a London branch of fast food chain Burger King last month (Jul14) in preparation for his role.
British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a lawsuit over allegations he owes rent for the site of his now-defunct restaurant in Los Angeles. The famously fiery cook closed The Fat Cow at the city's The Grove shopping centre in March (14), and the landlord who owns the site alleges Ramsay broke his long-term lease agreement.
The landlord has filed a lawsuit demanding $6 million (£3.5 million) from the chef.
The legal battle is the latest blow for the Hell's Kitchen star over The Fat Cow, which closed following a court tussle with a restaurant owner in Florida who claims to own the rights to the name.
A chef who claimed he couldn't taste food after cutting his tongue at Gordon Ramsay's New York City restaurant has dropped his lawsuit against the celebrity cook. In January (14), German Markus Barthel hit the Brit with legal documents alleging he ate a hard piece of plastic or ceramic in his hamburger while visiting Ramsay's eaterie at The London hotel last year (13).
In the papers, Barthel claims he was left with "serious, severe and permanent injuries in his mouth, including... deep cuts in his tongue", and had to undergo surgery in order to repair the damage, but is "unable to perform the duties of a chef any longer".
Barthel insisted he was left unable to work for several weeks because of the accident, and was seeking unspecified damages and compensation for his pain and suffering.
However, the lawsuit was dropped last week (begs21Jul14) after Ramsay's lawyers successfully argued the Hell's Kitchen star had not been involved in the restaurant's daily operations in five years.
A representative for the hot-headed chef tells the New York Daily News that Ramsay has been "transparent in his dealings" with The London venue and that he "handed over the ownership and day to day operations in 2009 and Gordon continues a consultancy relationship with the restaurant".
Actor Bradley Cooper is taking tips from foul-mouthed TV cook Gordon Ramsay as he prepares to play a chef in his new movie.
Cooper has met with Ramsay in a bid to improve his culinary skills for his role in Adam Jones, but the small screen star also advised the actor on other aspects of kitchen life, including the use of colourful language.
Ramsay tells British newspaper Metro, "As well as giving Bradley a few top tips on cooking, I've taught him the most important thing he needs to know in order to get by in a kitchen - how to swear."
In Adam Jones, Cooper plays a chef hoping to land a third Michelin star and the film also features Sienna Miller and Jamie Dornan.
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There are many actors who routinely give wonderful, memorable performances, but there's only one who manages to do it even when his face doesn't appear onscreen. That man is Andy Serkis, Hollywood's foremost motion capture actor, the rare talent that can bring just as much life to a Tolkien creature or a hyper-intelligent ape as he can another human being. Since the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters in 2001, Serkis has been the movie industry's go-to guy for animating everything from monkeys to sailors to Gollums, and his consistently excellent performances each time kicked off a campaign to have motion capture work recognized by the Academy Awards. With Serkis set to return to the big screen (in simian form) as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Friday, we've decided to take a look at some of the actor's most memorably mo-cap characters in order to determine which one comes out on top in the great battle for supremacy.
Caesar Films: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Species: Chimpanzee Trademarks: Being an incredibly intelligent ape Special Skills: High intelligence, the ability to speak, the wisdom and power to rule over a colony of apes, proficiency in horse-riding and shooting Allies: James Franco and Frieda Pinto in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Jason Clarke and Keri Russell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Enemies: Draco Malfoy and Commissioner GordonGreatest Dream: A world where apes and humans can live in peace, minus cagesSecret Weapon: He’s a hyper-intelligent ape that can speak to people; he doesn’t need a secret weaponSignature Move: A barrage of fists to the head
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Captain Haddock Film: The Adventures of Tintin Species: Human Trademarks: Beard, pipe, captain’s hat, permanently grumpy expression Special Skills: A talent for holding his liquor, a colorful vocabulary, a gift for sarcasm and wisecracks, the ability to tune out chaos and revel in blissful ignorance, unfailing loyalty Allies: Tintin and Snowy Enemies: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine Greatest Dream: To regain command of his ship, but more immediately, some more rum Secret Weapon: He’s at his best when he’s drunk, which is the polar opposite of every other person everSignature Move: He’s more of a trash-talker than a proper fighter
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King Kong Film: Kingof course Species: Gorilla Trademarks: He’s a 25-foot-tall gorilla. That’s pretty unique. Special Skills: incredible strength, a sense of self-preservation, the ability to make audiences sympathize and even shed a tear over a monstrous simian Allies: Ann Darrow, with whom he falls in love, and Lumpy the Cook, who tells the crew to leave King Kong alone (or else)Enemies: Carl Denham, fighter planes Greatest Dream: To live happily in his jungle with Ann Secret Weapon: The willingness to sacrifice himself for the people he loves and an incredible resistance to tranquilizers (seriously, it took them forever to knock him out) Signature Move: A giant, sweeping side-swipe and roar combination
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Gollum Films: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogiesSpecies: Technically, he was once a Hobbit, but now he’s mostly a species unto himselfTrademarks: Hunched, bony body, six teeth, a lack of hair, that weird snarling noise he always makes Special Skills: Riddle solving, hunting and fishing, deboning fish, finding ways to amuse himself after spending centuries in the same cave Allies: Whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Enemies: Anyone who wants the precious... and whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Greatest Dream: To once again possess the precious so that they may live together in his cave until the end of their days Secret Weapon: He’ll lure you in by appearing nice, and then turn out to be straight up terrifying; also, he’s so mentally unstable and unpredictable, only half of him knows what he’s going to do at any given momentSignature Move: Gollum’s totally a biter
So Who Wins? Captain Haddock is generally too drunk to get involved in a fight, so he’s out, as is King Kong, unless his life or Ann’s life is being threatened. That leaves Caesar and Gollum left to fight it out. While Caesar is smarter and more likely to have both a carefully, thought-out strategy and an army on call, Gollum is just insane and unpredictable enough to take Caesar out. We’re going to have to go with the creature formerly known as Smeagol on this one.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is pulling the plug on Kitchen Nightmares after wrapping filming on the 12th season of the reality TV show. The cook launched the restaurant disaster series in 2004 in his native Britain. The programme made its debut in America in 2007.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been handed the honour of headlining Sir Elton John's Oscars viewing party. The A Team hitmaker will perform at the 22nd annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party on 2 March (14).
Sir Elton says, "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Ed Sheeran to EJAF's Academy Awards Viewing Party. I've been following his work closely ever since I heard his independent EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project. He's an amazing artist, and I know our guests will be thrilled by his performance."
A delighted Sheeran states, "I'm thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar-night party. HIV/AIDS is a huge concern for all young people, and I'm delighted to do my part to raise funds for Elton's vision of a world without AIDS."
Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay will cook dinner for the guests, including Jim Carrey, Judi Dench, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Heidi Klum, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry and Sharon Stone, and Johnny Dynell has been booked as the house DJ.
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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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