Liv Tyler has apparently confirmed her romance with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner after they were spotted holding hands on Friday (15Aug14). Reports suggesting the Armageddon star was dating the sports agent surfaced last month (Jul14) and now the couple has gone public with the romance.
They were pictured leaving London's Shoreditch House on Friday following a party held to celebrate the birthday of British DJ Nick Grimshaw. Model Daisy Lowe, actress Jaime Winstone and singer Florence Welch also attended the bash.
The couple, who were introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, have reportedly been dating in secret for months.
Tyler has a son with ex-husband Royston Langdon and Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor.
Controversial U.S. comedian Andrew Dice Clay was cut off during a live TV interview after he aimed a series of profanity-laced sexual innuendos at the show's female co-host. The funnyman was being interviewed on Australian talk show Mornings on Tuesday (05Aug14) to promote his first tour Down Under, but the chat was abruptly cut short by co-host David Campbell when Clay began a foul-mouthed commentary on Australian women.
Initially referring to Campbell's onscreen colleague Georgie Gardner, Clay said, "The truth when you're looking at her... Is she like a hot number? Because that's part of the thing about me coming to Australia. A lot of these girls that come to see me from Australia, they use that line, 'You'll get down under.' They're sexy, they're f**king hot. I'm telling you. I want to kangaroo f**k half these chicks across the country."
Following the live gaffe, Campbell explained, "We're going to have to cut there. Because he was using some words that we do not do at this time of the morning."
According to Australian newspaper the Morning Herald, Clay's promoter Andrew McManus later denied the incident was a publicity stunt, saying, "What did they expect? It's Andrew Dice Clay."
Hollywood actress Liv Tyler has found love with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner, according to a U.K. report. The Armageddon star, who is divorced from British rocker Royston Langdon, is believed to have struck up a romance with sports agent Gardner, who has previously been linked to Kelly Brook and Rita Ora, earlier this year (14).
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper the couple was introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, adding, "This is the real deal. Dave and Liv are madly in love... They've actually been an item for quite a long time, but have gone to great lengths to keep it a secret."
Tyler has a son with her ex-husband, while Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor. Beckham was best man at Gardner's wedding.
Michelle Williams' Broadway debut in Cabaret opened on Thursday (24Apr14) to mixed reviews from critics who were impressed with the production but disappointed with the Hollywood actress' performance.
Moviemakers Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall are co-directing a revival of the classic musical at the Studio 54 theatre, and following opening night, critics praised the production, with Terry Teachout from The Wall Street Journal branding it "fabulously good" while David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter hailed the "electrifying revival" and Ben Brantley from the New York Times approved of the "successful formula".
However, Williams' turn as English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film adaptation, failed to impress some reviewers, with Brantley writing that the actress, "doesn't look all that happy to be there. I'm assuming that's more a matter of character interpretation than of personal discomfort, but it does put sort of a damper on the festivities."
Variety's Marilyn Stasio adds, "It's obvious that this ladylike thesp (thespian) isn't comfortable in the skin of this impulsive, irresponsible and utterly irresistible girl," and Tom Teodorczuk from Britain's The Independent insists her portrayal "lacks desperation and edge" and is "devoid of depth".
However, not all those watching were disappointed with Williams - Rooney called her performance "riveting", Teachout described it as "poignant", and Elysa Gardner from USA Today hailed the actress as a "real revelation". Williams' co-star Alan Cumming, reprising his Tony award-winning role as the Master of Ceremonies, was singled out for praise, with Rooney calling his performance "a knockout" and "fiercely alive".
The opening night was watched by Hollywood couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, plus Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and 30 Rock actress Jane Krakowski
Neil Patrick Harris' starring role in the Broadway debut of cult rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch has won rave reviews by critics, who have hailed his performance as "fabulous", "outrageous" and "blazingly entertaining". The How I Met Your Mother actor has returned to the Great White Way to star in the musical about a rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer.
The revival of the 1998 Off-Broadway show opened at the Belasco Theatre on Tuesday (22Apr14) and critics have heaped praise on star actor Harris.
Mark Kennedy from the Associated Press writes that Harris "simply crushes it", adding, "Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human."
Elysa Gardner from USA Today also praises director Michael Mayer, writing, "Harris, under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, serves it with a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance. The humour here is darker and rawer than the material that has endeared Harris to TV audiences, but he brings the same affable, slightly naughty charm."
Ben Brantley from the New York Times could not fault the actor's ability, adding, "Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That's a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid."
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter also praised the actor, writing, "Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production."
The opening night was attended by a host of stars including Hollywood actor Sam Rockwell, acting couple Justin Long and Amanda Seyfried, Yoko Ono, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.
James Franco and Chris O'dowd's Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice And Men has won rave reviews from theatre critics who have hailed the show as "gripping", "flawless" and "breathtaking."
The stage adaptation of the 1937 novel, starring Franco and O'Dowd with Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester, opened at the Longacre Theatre in New York City on Wednesday night (16Apr14), and garnered stellar write-ups. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the production "gripping, grounded and emotionally penetrating" and hailed O'Dowd as the star of the show for his "tremendous" performance. Rooney described Franco as "not quite a natural onstage" but insisted he had "beautiful chemistry with O'Dowd."
Variety's Marilyn Stasio was full of praise for director Anna D. Shapiro and the whole cast, writing, "(Shapiro) turns in an impeccably mounted production without a single blemish. The ensemble acting is flawless. The design work is breathtaking... There's no way to overpraise the nine men and one woman (Leighton Meester, holding her own nicely...) in this ensemble who bring Steinbeck's characters to life."
Elysa Gardner of USA Today brands the show a "vivid, sensitive performance of the piece" with an "an excellent cast", while Entertainment Weekly's Thom Geier also reserved the best praise for O'Dowd, calling his performance "riveting" and adding, "The real surprise in Anna D. Shapiro's finely staged production is Chris O'Dowd... The gifted comedic actor brings a studied and skillful physicality to (the role of Lenny)... O'Dowd makes Lenny sympathetic without ever stooping to caricature."
The production marks the Broadway debut for all three of the top-lining actors.
This past week in television has been absolutely devastating for fans of ABC's Scandal and CBS's The Good Wife. If you watch either show, you're probably still reeling from the most recent episodes, both of which included death sentences for beloved characters. And if you watch both shows, you're probably reading this from the glass case of emotion from which you cannot remove yourself.
First, let's discuss Scandal. Last Thursday, Gladiators everywhere tuned in to find out #WhoGotShot. Some of us were expecting the end of white hat-rocking David Rosen. Others thought James Novak should take the bullet, especially since he was flip-flopping (once again) over what to do about his political animal of a husband, Cyrus Beene. We were ready, weren't we? We were ready for someone to die because we'd been told in the previous week that someone was totally going to get shot!
But then it happened, and we were slapped in the face with the cold, hard reality of the end of James, lying face-down in the concrete. Really, truly, actually dead. Actually, even this wasn't so bad. But when Jake walked over to him at the end of the episode, and we had to watch him talk James through his final moments? And promise him that his daughter would be fine? And kind of, sort of, legitimately apologize for having to kill him, and having to make him suffer so the murder could look like a car-jacking and not a job done by a professional? The worst. The absolute worst.
Or was it?
Don't watch this video unless you're in a place where it's okay to start inexplicably crying:
Sunday night, fans of The Good Wife waited for an eternity for that ridiculously annoying show that shall remain nameless to finally roll credits so that we could see what was up in the land of Alicia and Will. And whaddayaknow? Out of nowhere — seriously, we were not warned, there were no hints in the previews — Will gets shot. He's moments away from winning the big case, but the kid he's defending (Hunter Parrish, who many of us know as Silas from Weeds) can't take it anymore and opens fire on an entire courtroom.
We might have been able to predict the death of James, but the death of Will was a horrifying, horrible, horror-inducing horror. Yes, that many variations on horror are necessary to explain the shock and awe of that character's final moments.
But every dark cloud has a silver lining (allegedly), so let's look on the bright side. We'll get to see more of James A.K.A. Dan Bucatinsky in an upcoming NBC series Marry Me. And he also has another project in the works with Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. There's no word for sure on what's next for Josh Charles, but he did stop by The Late Show With David Letterman and made it clear that he's been wanting to move on for some time now. So here's hoping we get to see him in something new soon. Not that anything could assuage the loss of Will Gardner. Case in point:
How Alicia looks at the 1:27 mark? Yes. That's exactly how 99% of us feel right now. So basically... The Good Wife and Scandal writers? You are all the worst right now.
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This Sunday marks the highly-anticipated return of CBS's The Good Wife, and many of us have been practically itching with excitement. Season 5 has been nothing short of explosive, with every episode kicking off or going out (or both) with a bang. In case you need a refresher on all of the madness between Alicia Florrick, Will Gardner, and the rest of the gang, here's a little recap to help you mentally prepare for this Sunday:
It's [Still] All About Alicia & Will
This has been an excellent season for the former lovers. After some serious sexual tension last season, it looked like, if only for a moment, there was a chance that the Willicia reunion many of us had been hoping for was afoot. But then Peter started making goo-goo eyes at his wife again, and Alicia went and left the firm, and that was the end of that. They've spent the majority of Season 5 being awful to each other (mainly Will), fighting over clients and using their sexual and romantic past to get back at each other in the court room. It's made for some great TV, and we can only assume that things will get more heated as the season progresses.
Peter's in Trouble... But at Least He's Not the Babydaddy
The new episode will pick up with a focus on this whole stolen election scandal. Did Peter actually, truly, steal the election? And is his time as Illinois state Governor coming to an end? This is some serious drama, but at least we know he's not the father of Marilyn Garbanza's baby. That pregnancy storyline was positively frightening.
Grace Got Hot; This May Still Be An Issue
Amidst all of this political scandal and courtroom drama, let's not forget that little Grace Florrick... uh... blossomed this season. Thankfully, she's still got her head in the books (and in her Bible), but it's going to be interesting to see if this comes up in the plot again. Earlier in the season she ended up on that hot political daughters website that was actually hacking into her computer, and she was also a huge distraction to some members of Florrick Agos and Associates.
Will Alicia's Firm Survive?
Between her husband's scandal and the devious antics of her ex, Alicia Florrick's new firm is in a pretty awkward position. We've all been rooting for Florrick Agos; they're the underdog now that LG (previously known as Lockhart Gardner) is the big firm in town. But something tells us this David and Goliath battle will be playing out for some time.
The Only Thing You Really Need to Get Ready for Sunday
Seriously. The Good Wife "Thicky Trick" cast video is all you'll ever need in life. You're welcome.
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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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Actress Jessie Mueller has been hailed as Broadway's next big star after winning rave reviews for her portrayal of singer/songwriter Carole King in a new stage musical. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theater in New York City on Sunday night (12Jan14), and critics have been quick to praise the show's star for her performance.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times made it clear Mueller is the best element of the production, writing, "Originality is clearly not this show's strong suit. With one very important exception. That's Ms Mueller, a Broadway star in waiting for several years, who here steps confidently into the VIP room of musical headliners."
Elysa Gardner of USA Today also singles out Mueller for her star turn, writing, "Jessie Mueller... is a singer with exquisite tone and great flexibility - and one of our best young musical actresses to boot... Mueller's portrayal of King (is) far and away the best reason to see Beautiful..."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney adds, "This is entertaining boomer bait that elevates its by-the-numbers narrative with great songs. It's also a tremendous showcase for the talented Jessie Mueller as she embodies King's blossoming from songwriter-for-hire to empowered performer of her own material."
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News concurs: "Best of all is Mueller... She doesn't sound all that much like King, but brings lots of sweetness and some depth to the role. Now that's beautiful."
Prior to opening night, King sent her best wishes to the cast along with her songwriting partners Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. In a post on Twitter.com, she wrote, "The real Goffin & King, Mann & Weil wish the whole company of Beautiful a great opening night and a long, joyous run!"