Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
See Disney princesses as roller derby girls. You do not want to mess with Cinder Block or Mulan Rude. Check out the amazing images at Flavorwire.
Can you identify these hot male celebs by their salt and pepper beards?George Clooney or Mark Ruffalo? You decide at VH1 Celebrity's beard quiz.
Check out the video for Lady Gaga's "G.U.Y." It's pretty gross, but also kinda sexy. Watch it at Celebuzz.
Which is the best body swap movie? Freaky Friday or The Hot Chick? See the definitive list of body swap movies at Hollywood.com.
Steven Moffat, the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock, has long been criticized for his sexism, a flaw that has recently come into light with his decision to make the next doctor a man. Again. It seems that as a writer for shows that he often describes as intelligent and intellectual, he should be careful, or at least somewhat knowledgeable, about women’s rights. Instead, he continues to write female characters whose only positive characteristics are that they're "feisty" and "sexy" and discusses women’s issues as though all women are either out to get him, or eager to "shag" him. Here are a few of his musings on women, from how gross they are when they’re pregnant to their inherent and unavoidable neediness.
Moffat is proud of his sexual conquests and his ability to craft disgusting metaphors:"Between the marriages, I shagged my way round television studios like a mechanical digger."
And what is marriage besides the sacrifice of a minimalist bachelor pad?"When I met [his wife] Sue I was living in a fabulous, minimalist bachelor pad in Glasgow. I moved down to London to be with her and before I knew it I was living in a massively feminised house where shoes were left all over the place and every surface was covered with cushions and vases."
Moffat thinks kids are OK (if a bit stinky), but why did his wife have to get so huge?"Your wife turns into a boat, and shortly after that, you never sleep again and you clean shit off someone. It doesn’t seem like a very appealing prospect. Obviously, the moment I saw my child, that was different, but up until that point, I was thinking, ‘how long before she gets back to normal size? Will this damage anything?’"
And frankly it was all just pretty gross, right boys?"If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most men are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience."
On casting Karen Gillan as "Doctor Who" companion Amy Pond:"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy’...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
When criticized for using generic female tropes, Moffat would like to point out that at least they were all sexy:"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair."
Moffat defends his choice not to cast a woman as the doctor:"It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women ... saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’"
He then changes his defense and disses Helen Mirren:"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man."
Acclaimed gender scholar Moffat lays the truth down for the unenlightened (and the unenlightened are women):"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
And then laments the plight of the middle-class man:"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
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The 36 year old was crowned Best Supporting Actress for her role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Best Actress in a Drama Series for her turn in hit U.S. TV series Scandal, which also won Best Drama Series. In addition, she received the President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.
She was also praised for breaking the colour barrier and becoming the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in Julia over three decades ago.
Carroll praised the Scandal star, saying, “I think she’s enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."
Joking as she stepped on stage to collect her final prize, she said, "Wow, OK, this is the last time that I even have a shot to be up here, just in case you're getting sick of me."
Meanwhile, George Lucas' film about the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, was named Best Motion Picture, and Flight's Denzel Washington and Won't Back Down's Viola Davis beat out the competition for Best Actor and Best Actress. Samuel L. Jackson nabbed the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Leonardo DiCaprio's sidekick in Django Unchained, and Beasts of the Southern Wild picked up the Best Independent Motion Picture trophy.
TV award winners included Don Cheadle (Actor in a Comedy Series for House of Lies), L.L. Cool J (Actor in a Drama Series for NCIS: Los Angeles), Omar Epps (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for House M.D.), Vanessa Williams (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives), and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for Hallmark Hall of Fame's Firelight).
In the music categories, Usher and Alicia Keys were named the Best Male and Female Artist, and tragic Whitney Houston was honoured for Best Album (I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston) and Best Song (I Look To You).
The list of major winners is:
Motion Picture - Red Tails
Actor in a Motion Picture - Denzel Washington (Flight)
Actress in a Motion Picture - Viola Davis (Won't Back Down)
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained)
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Kerry Washington (Django Unchained)
Independent Motion Picture - Beasts of the Southern Wild
International Motion Picture - The Intouchables
Documentary - On the Shoulders of Giants - The Story of the Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of
TV Comedy Series - The Game
Actor in a Comedy Series - Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)
Actress in a Comedy Series - Cassi Davis (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Lance Gross (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives)
Drama Series - Scandal
Actor in a Drama Series - LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Actress in a Drama Series - Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Omar Epps (House M.D.)
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy)
Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - Steel Magnolias
Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Hallmark Hall of Fame's Firelight)
Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
Actor in a Daytime Drama Series - Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless)
Actress in a Daytime Drama Series - Tatyana Ali (The Young and the Restless)
News/ Information - (Series or Special) - Unsung
Talk Series - The View
Reality Series - Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Variety Series or Special - Black Girls Rock
Children’s Program - Kasha and the Zulu King
Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program - Loretta Devine (Doc McStuffins)
New Artist - Elle Varner
Male Artist - Usher
Female Artist - Alicia Keys
Duo, Group or Collaboration - Mary Mary
Jazz Album - The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Gospel Album - Go Get It by Mary Mary
Music Video - Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys
Song - I Look To You by Whitney Houston and R. Kelly
Album - I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston
Spingarn Medal - Harry Belafonte
Kerry picked up the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture crown for her portrayal of a slave in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, while an absent Denzel was a Best Actor winner for his alcoholic pilot role in Flight.
Emotional Kerry Washington dedicated her trophy to "our ancestors," adding, "We shot this film on a slave plantation in the south. They were with us every step of the way."
And she used her acceptance speech to praise Tarantino for making the movie and casting her in it.
She said, "Thank you for telling this story."
The slave film had nominations in four categories going into the awards show, including one for Best Picture.
Other early Image Award winners included Loretta Devine (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Grey's Anatomy) and Lance Gross (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Tyler Perry's House of Payne), while Viola Davis picked up the Best Actress honour for her role in Won't Back Down.
While only a few actors in Hollywood history have had the chance to say "I'm Batman" on screen (among them, Lewis G. Wilson, Robert Lowrey, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and the stars who have done voice work for the various animated Batman series') plenty others in pop culture have proudly made the claim.
Like the Bat signal shining over Gotham, Batman and his oft self-boasting dialogue has left an indelible mark in pop culture. From Daffy Duck to Cosmo Kramer to Lady Gaga, the "I'm Batman" line has spanned every facet of the industry. Check out this supercut of everyone's favorite superhero identification — which features clips from the Batman movies and Batman-loving shows like Community — here: When Donna (Loretta) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) invited a heartbroken Ben (Adam Scott) along for Treat Yo Self 2011 on Parks and Recreation, he didn't exactly get into the spirit of things. But when they brought Batman into the picture, well, then they were speaking his language. Quite literally, actually, as Ben (who donned a full Batman costume, pictured) and Tom did their best growly Batman imitations. Enjoy: Speaking of TV nerds imitating their beloved caped crusader, the guys of The Big Bang Theory, particularly Jim Parson's Sheldon, can say "I'm Batman" like they really, truly mean it. Watch and learn how here: The Winchester boys have some super powers of their own on Supernatural, but they got into the superhero spirit of things in this classic moment: The Simpsons has been chock full of great Batman references and jokes over the years, but perhaps none better than Homer's accidental Batman declaration seen here. (In his defense, that cult's chant sounded an awful lot like the Batman theme song.) Da na na na na na na watch it!: What's your favorite pop culture "I'm Batman" proclamation? Does Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory do it best? How about Abed on Community? Or should it be left to the pros like Bale, Keaton, and, uh, Kilmer? Tell us in the Bat Cave, er, comments section! Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More:
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The delightful Enchanted captivated audiences over the Thanksgiving holiday, debuting on top of the North American box office with $35.3 million over the weekend and $50 million since debuting Wednesday.
Enchanted, starring Amy Adams as an animated fairy princess who comes to life, is now the second biggest Thanksgiving opener ever, behind Toy Story 2, which grossed $80.1 million in a five-day period in 1999.
Among other new wide releases, the family dramedy This Christmas, starring Loretta Devine, Delroy Lindo and Chris Brown, opened in second place with $18.6 million and $27.1 million since Wednesday, while the video-game adaptation Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant, debuted in fourth with $13 million over the weekend and $21 million since Wednesday.
The drama August Rush, starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, opened in seventh place with $9.4 million for the weekend and $13.3 million since Wednesday. And finally, the Stephen King adaptation The Mist, premiered in ninth place with $9.1 million for the weekend and $13 million since Wednesday.
Overall, the box office numbers went up after being in a slump. "That's good for an industry that's been in a downtrend for almost two months," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. "Thanksgiving sets the tone for the rest of the year and the holiday season in general. This was a key weekend, and it delivered."
The Top 12 movies took in a total of $153 million for the weekend and $218 million since Wednesday, up 6 percent from last year’s total of $205.7 million and up 65.12 percent from last weekend’s total of $92.6 million.
The Top Three films at the box office this time last year: Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet, which stayed at No. 1 in its second week with $37 million in 3,153 theaters, averaging $11,747 per theater; Sony’s Casino Royale, which stayed in second place in its second week with $30.7 million in 3,984 theaters, averaging $7,727 per theater; and Buena Vista’s Deja Vu, which opened in third place with $20.5 million in 3,110 theaters, averaging $6,616 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).
BOX OFFICE TOP 10 ESTIMATES
(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: Enchanted (Disney, PG)
• Gross: $35.3 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 3,730
• Per-theater average: $9,472
• Cume to date: $50 million (opened Wednesday)
No. 2: This Christmas (Sony/Screen Gems, PG-13)
• Gross: $18.6 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 1,858
• Per-theater average: $10,011
• Cume to date: $27.1 million (opened Wednesday)
No. 3: Beowulf (Paramount, PG-13)
• Gross: $16.2 million (-41%)
• Weeks opened: 2
• Theaters: 3,218 (+65)
• Per-theater average: $5,047
• Cume to date: $56.3 million
No. 4: Hitman (20th Century Fox, R)
• Gross: $13 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 2,458
• Per-theater average: $5,303
• Cume to date: $21 million (opened Wednesday)
No. 5: Bee Movie (Paramount, PG)
• Gross: $12 million (-14%)
• Weeks opened: 4
• Theaters: 3,507 (-477)
• Per-theater average: $3,425
• Cume to date: $112 million
No. 6: Fred Claus (Warner Bros., PG)
• Gross: $10.7 million (-10%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 3,603 (unchanged)
• Per-theater average: $2,979
• Cume to date: $53 million
No. 7: August Rush (Warner Bros., PG)
• Gross: $9.4 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 2,310
• Per-theater average: $4,082
• Cume to date: $13.3 million (opened Wednesday)
No. 8: American Gangster (Universal, R)
• Gross: $9.2 million (-28%)
• Weeks opened: 4
• Theaters: 2,799 (-311)
• Per-theater average: $3,290
• Cume to date: $115.7 million
No. 9: The Mist (MGM, R)
• Gross: $9 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 2,423
• Per-theater average: $3,740
• Cume to date: $13 million (opened Wednesday)
No. 10: No Country for Old Men (Miramax, R)
• Gross: $8.1million (+164%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 860 (+712)
• Per-theater average: $9,433
• Cume to date: $16.6 million
I'm Not There (Weinstein Co., R)
• Gross: $757,385
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 63
• Per-theater average: $5,826
• Cume to date: $1 million (opened Wednesday)