Rare indeed is the actress capable of embodying Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ combination of beauty, refinement, and, in the immortal appraisal of Seinfeld’s Mr. Pitt, grace. Has Mila Kunis got what it takes? Lee Daniels thinks so. The Precious director has reportedly offered the Black Swan star the role of Jackie Kennedy in his upcoming film The Butler, a biopic about legendary White House servant Eugene Allen.
Should Kunis accept the role, she’ll be the latest in a long line of actresses who’ve portrayed the iconic First Lady on both the big and small screens. (Emphasis on the latter – Jackie O’s story has long been irresistible fodder for network programmers.) Here are five memorable examples:
Holmes played Jackie last year in The Kennedys, an eight-episode miniseries that was most notable for being declared unfit for airing on The History Channel, a network hardly known for its high programming standards.
The Crossing Jordan star tackled the role in the 2001 TV movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot, about the trials and tribulations of being married to the Kennedys’ D.C. power trio of JFK, RFK, and Ted.
Before she was Touched By an Angel, Downey portrayed Jackie to some acclaim in the 1991 TV miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which went on to win a Primetime Emmy for Best Miniseries.
The model-turned-Charlie’s Angels star proved her range in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which chronicled Jackie’s early years leading up to her marriage to the future president.
British-born Bisset portrayed Jackie in the 2003 TV movie America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, about the short life and tragic death of JFK’s dilettante son.
Which was your favorite of Jackie?
It looks like Gerard Butler is hopping on the Hollywood Rehab train because, according to TMZ, the actor is currently being treated for substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center. And supposedly he's been there for three weeks.
TMZ learned that Butler's problems were triggered all the way back in 2006 due to the physical demands of shooting the action film 300. Butler even admitted how hard it was to revert back to his normal routine when filming wrapped, telling The Daily Mail, "There was definitely a period of adjustment and physical pain because I stopped training. That was the worst thing I could have done."
Since then, the Hollywood star has continually struggled with pain management. And the pill reliance became exacerbated after Butler was badly hurt during a surfing accident last December while filming Of Men and Mavericks.
However, Butler did something not many other celebs ever have the courage to do: he got help. Once the actor realized he was relying too heavily on prescription drugs, Butler decided to avoid a full-blown addiction by seeking out assistance. He is said to be leaving the Betty Ford Center later today. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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Partners will star Urie as a former alcoholic model pursuing a new career as a nurse - and Routh will play his lover.
It won't be Routh's first time working with show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan - he made a guest appearance on their hit sitcom Will & Grace in 2004.
The comedy is due to air later this year (12), according to blogger Perez Hilton.
Though Bobby Brown assured the world last week that his daughter with Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina, is "doing much better," other members of the family aren't as easily convinced. In fact, the New York Daily News is reporting that Bobbi is now under the watchful eye of her grandmother Cissy Houston, who is determined to keep the 18-year-old on the right path, and that means away from drugs and depression.
One source explained the situation, saying, “In the aftermath of Whitney’s death, she’s running the show," adding that Mrs. Houston “couldn’t do nothing with Whitney and the hangers-on, moochers and enablers that sucked the life out of her....she has the reins of this now.” Her attitude is: “I’ll be damned if I’m burying my grandbaby.”
But it looks like Mrs. Houston is going to have her work cut out for her, given how hard Kristina's taken the death of her mother. In fact, she became so distraught over the news that she was rushed to the hospital twice shortly after her passing.
Additionally, The Daily Beast reported that Kristina was found doing drugs after her mom’s funeral on Saturday, though Houston's camp denied the allegations. Whatever the case, let's just hope she gets the love and support she needs now that her grams is looking after her. After all, grandmother knows best.
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By now, it's no secret that Angelina Jolie has an emotional connection to her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. It wasn't long ago that the actress admitted Brad Pitt found her crying in the shower when the production on the film led her to a "complete meltdown." And it seems that she still hasn't recovered from the emotional toll of the film. At the Bosnian premiere on Tuesday, Jolie kept her composure until it came time to make her speech. She told the crowd, "It means so much to all of us, it means so much to me and I can't tell you how much it means to be here with all of you and to share this film, and that you're receiving it so warmly means the world to me." It was then that Jolie's voice wavered and she began visibly crying.
This premiere in Bosnia marks a level of acceptance that Jolie struggled with when she first started filming In the Land of Blood and Honey. The actress-turned-director met with road blocks in the form of denied filming permits after women's groups complained that the subject matter - a Serbian man and Bosnian woman finding love in the unlikliest of circumstances - was disrespectful to victims of Serbian soldiers' violence towards women during the Bosnian War. Screening the film in the country that greeted her with so much resistance initially, and witnessing their praise has to pique her emotions just a little. And considering how attached she is to her first directing gig, the waterworks are no surprise.
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Watch Jolie get emotional onstage at the Bosnian premiere:
Though news about Whitney Houston and her family has been largely upsetting, you'll be happy to learn Bobby Brown recently spoke with ABC News about his and Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is "doing much better." This update follows her two trips to the hospital this past weekend due to the stress brought on by her mother's death. Brown went on to say, "We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother's death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected." Additionally, he also confirmed that he will in fact be attending Houston's funeral for his daughter's sake, despite speculation that her family doesn't want him there.
Though you might expect Steve Jones to be bitter after being fired from the U.S. X Factor, apparently the British host still has nothing but kind words to say about his now ex-boss Simon Cowell (who serves as both a producer and judge on the show). Jones recently told TV Biz, "I have no hard feelings whatsoever towards Simon. It's a tough business and anyone trying to get into it should always keep in mind that it can go t**s up in a heartbeat. I'd work with Simon on the moon if given the chance." He also had some choice words about his time in the States: "I have made some great American friends and I have learned that America/Los Angeles is wicked."
A source recently confided to Us Weekly that Beyoncé is doing what any loving parent would do and "totally doting" on her newborn baby, Blue Ivy. The insider adds, "She's up whenever the baby's up." Welcome to the joys of motherhood, a place where sleep is no longer a privilege.
Ever since Whitney Houston's shocking death last Saturday the entertainment industry has gone to great lengths to pay tribute to the legendary singer. Not only did Jennifer Hudson put on a breath-taking performance at the Grammy Awards in her honor, but even the Fox hit show Glee dedicated last night's episode to the beloved artist as well. However, it doesn't seem to be ending there. It's now being said that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will also pay tribute to Houston by ordering flags to be flown at half-staff during her funeral service on Saturday.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Christie lamented about the superstar's death, saying, "Obviously, Whitney Houston was an important part of the fabric -- the cultural fabric of this state," adding that Houston (a Newark native), is in the "pantheon of great New Jersey musical talents" much like the great Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Additionally he stated, "Her terribly premature death is an awful loss for her family and the incredible New Jersey musical family. Our prayers are with her family."
Christie issued the same flag-raising order last year after the death of Clarence Clemons. As of now, his office is in contact with Houston's family for further details about the service. The invitation-only funeral will take place on Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
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S2E3: Stroking his white, fluffy cat like a black Dr. Evil, it’s all about Cee Lo. The Gnarls Barkley frontman has picked up right where he left off last year, as the most likable judge, hands-down, on The Voice. But, as Adam can tell you - and often does...over and over again - being liked doesn’t automatically win the show. Even though everyone has to think a second longer when Cee Lo picks you to possibly be on his team, Adam, Christina and Blake are building their own powerhouses that should provide be steep competition. Last night, we saw power, we saw unique style and we saw Pip - who will supply us with jokes for the remainder of the season. It was a great night for auditions, so let’s get this show on the road.
“So in other words, Cee Lo would like for you to be an experiment.” - Blake
Sarah Golden was our first blind audition of the night and the first time the audience was actually blind too, just like the coaches. We heard her story of being turned down by record labels for her plain looks and didn’t get to see her face until Cee Lo was first to buzz in. Her rendition of “You and I” by Lady Gaga was one that Blake called “honest” and he also chose her. In textbook fashion, she chose the unique Cee Lo over country star Blake, who ranted a bit after about the contestants believing Cee’s crap. Nothing but love flowing back and forth on stage at The Voice.
“It takes a real man to wear a bow tie, first of all.” - Adam
No, we didn't find the Dickensian South Park character, but instead 19-year-old Pip Andrew was up next, bow tie, suspenders and all, and he hoped too that the judges not seeing his youthful face would help his chances. His powerful audition choice “House of the Rising Sun” had an immediate impact and Adam took notice first. Then the rest of the panel turned too. It was our first foursome of the night. Low blows came out as Christina brought up her success before Maroon 5 and Blake called out Christina for not waking up before noon. And this is all over a guy named Pip; go figure. Adam’s love for Pip’s style earned him a team member that could go far on this show. Just when we are having fun, the touching stories start to roll in again. Contestant Erin Willett dedicated her performance to her father, who is dying of cancer and was poignant in saying that one day he might be gone, but today is not the day. Well said, Erin. She brought out the big guns with “I Want You Back” and her voice was a weapon on stage that caught the eye of Team Blake. It was an easy decision, since he was the only one to pick her.
“I win...I want something different and that’s what I really heard.” - Adam
Last night was all about those who didn’t look the part and Katrina Parker definitely fit that bill. Parker was surprised by Carson during work and no one could miss the obvious Kia plug when he was driving to her office. Carson pulls the old, “Let me just use Kia’s simple navigation to find my way.” But we can't hate, we all need sponsors. Parker did a country version of “One of Us,” a personal favorite from my youth. A sleeping Adam jumped on Parker and earned his second singer of the night. The champ is back!
Some notables left hanging included Linebacker-looking David Grace and I couldn’t tell if he was getting ready to sing or wrestle The Rock at Wrestlemania. As it turns out, I’m not the only one making these jokes. (UFC fighter, why didn’t I think of that one, damn!) I guess the show has enough backstage security because he was not picked.
Another contestant not picked was Winter Rae, who sports blue hair, tattoos and a partially shaved head. Blake thought her hair was badass but not enough to buzz in. Her song “Take a Bow” compelled the one and only Perez Hilton to come to his friend’s audition, but it was not compelling enough to get her on a team.
“I may not look like Cee lo but I have soul too.” - Christina
Geoff McBride, at 51 was one of the oldest, if not the oldest, artists we have seen on the show. He wears his sunglasses at night because of a kickboxing injury he sustained as a kid. His interpretation of “Higher Ground” infused the crown with a whole lot of soul and Christina felt this enough to push her button. It felt a little like church on Sunday, but being Jewish, I have no idea how that feels. Cee Lo had to jump in and picked Geoff too. Too little, too late as he went with the blonde who always likes to show off her soulful assets.
Former model Erin Martin threw on her best pumps and sang a very unique version of “Hey There Delilah” - unique and a bit weird. She had an interesting voice, sweet and awkward at the same time like a singing butterfly. There’s my best Confucius impression. Cee lo used his flirting to earn him another member on his merry band of unique artists. Cee put it best by calling her voice bizarre, but that is what this competition is all about. Oh yeah, and Blake complained that everyone likes Cee Lo. Cry me a river.
“Adam what happened to you?” - James Massone
Our competitors really stick it to the coaches on this show and James Massone was no different. This rugged, Boston version of Justin Bieber looks 15 but is 23 and came on The Voice to get away from his father’s body shop. Christina buzzed in, than saw that fresh face and was reminded of her days with the Mickey Mouse Club during Massone’s “Find Your Love,” followed by Blake and Cee lo ... but no Adam. Surprise, he picked Cee Lo.
During highlights, Moses Stone, the first ever rapper and MC was picked for Team Christina after he laid down some Black Eyed Peas on the panel. He could be an interesting choice or could be gone before you know it, only time will tell. Mike Posner look-alike Chris Cauley came up next and exploded with his take on “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. Cee Lo and Adam both chose this young man who was influenced by his musical grandmother. Even though he is an Atl guy, he was able to stay away from Cee’s clutches and go with Adam - last year’s champ earned his third singer of the night.
“Your voice makes me want to push myself.” - Blake
Last but certainly not least was Jordis Unga who took it back a bit with “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Sir Paul McCartney, a performance that made Adam mouth, “I love this song!” when it started. Blake, Christina and Cee Lo all hit their buttons for Unga, especially when she got on her knees for the final verse. Adam was gracious in admitting he was the “A-hole who didn’t pick you.” Blake’s kind words got her on his team.
Things are really starting to heat up and we are just about half way through the auditions. The competition couldn’t be more of a welcome change looming in a few weeks. Even with the always entertaining back and forth from the coaches. I’m sure there will be plenty of drama when the singers are fighting to stay on the show.
What did you think of last night? Do you like who was chosen for the teams? Any favorites? Let us know with some comments and find me on Twitter @TheRealRothman.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the Grammy-winning, chart-topping, singing legend, Whitney Houston, died earlier this afternoon at the age of 48 years old. This terrible news was confirmed to E! News by the artist's publicist, Kristen Foster, although no further details were immediately available, including the actual cause of death. She is survived by her 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and her ex-husband Bobby Brown, whom she divorced in 2007.
Houston was considered a monumental figure in the music industry, wowing the world with a strong, phenomenal voice (which later grew noticeably raspier after struggling with drug addiction). However, despite her past personal troubles, she still became one of the most successful and award-winning female artists of all time. Her heyday began in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was when her hugely successful album The Bodyguard made its debut. Some of Houston's most well-known songs include "I'm Every Woman" and "I Will Always Love You." RIP Whitney...the music industry will never be quite the same.
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Source: E! News, US
In a year that's thus far consisted mostly of celeb breakups, it's a pleasure to announce that Robert Downey, Jr. welcomed a son into the world at 7:24 a.m. this morning. His rep confirmed the exciting news to People magazine earlier today, while a close friend additionally stated, “Everyone is healthy and they couldn’t be happier." The baby boy weighs in at 7 lbs., 5 oz., is 20 inches long and joins his big brother Indio - Downey’s first son from his previous marriage.
And while it's really no surprise that the little bundle of joy turned out to be a boy - given that Downey purposefully let the gender slip on the Tonight Show last December - the actor was determined to keep mum about the name of the child until the actual birth. So what did Downey and his wife Susan decide to name the newest addition to the family? (Hint: it's not Robert Downey, III). They named him Exton Elias Downey. It's a bit eccentric, but we really shouldn't be surprised by celebrity baby names at this point. Anything is up for grabs. Congratulations to the happy family.
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