Model/actor William Levy is turning his back on the small screen in a bid to build on his movie career and spend more time with his family. The Cuban hunk has made a name for himself as a regular in telenovelas like Pasion and Triunfo del Amor, but he admits his stint on Spanish-language soap La Tempestad (The Tempest) will likely be his last TV acting gig.
He says, "It is too much work and as time goes by I'm trying to find new priorities. I want to be with my children and spend more time with them. We will see what happens because it is too much time and tiring."
The 33 year old, who rose to fame in the U.S. after starring as Jennifer Lopez's toned love interest in her I'm Into You video, has two young children with his ex-girlfriend, actress Elizabeth Gutierrez.
Levy has already completed work on two upcoming films - Addicted and Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club, which are both due for release next year (14).
Veteran actress Diahann Carroll was toasted by her peers Angela Bassett and Regina King on Saturday (19Oct13) as she was feted for her career success at a special dinner in Los Angeles. The Dynasty star, 78, was the guest of honour at the House of Flowers event, which was held at TV producer Tracey Edmonds' home and was aimed at celebrating female empowerment in the African-American community and helping to "open doors for future accomplishments".
Speaking at the bash, Carroll said, "I really appreciate knowing that you've heard my name and remember it. I don't even know if I would have been allowed to drive down this street back in the '50s. Being here has given me new passion."
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was also honoured at the dinner, where guests included model Beverly Johnson and actress Anika Noni Rose.
Actress Rosie Perez has confirmed reports she wed in secret last month (Sep13). The Do The Right Thing star wed artist Eric Hayes in Las Vegas after he suggested they tie the knot there after attending the Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Canelo Alvarez boxing match on 14 September (13).
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (16Oct13), Perez cooed, "He is the best guy ever. I'm so in love, it's disgusting.... We've been together almost five years but I've known him for 18 years, and I kept forgetting who he was.
"I was just like, 'Hi, I'm Rose,' and he goes, 'We met, you did this before, like four or five times...' By the eighth time I went, 'Who is that...? I just got all flustered and everything and he came over and he told me he was single and we've been together ever since."
But the wedding came as a bit of a surprise for the actress, who adds, "He wanted a big wedding and I was like, 'Why spend all that money... It's such a waste. It's about me and you coming together.' I said, 'Let's go to City Hall,' and he was like, 'No, I really want a wedding'.
"Then we were going to the Mayweather fight... and I'm saying, 'Oh my gosh, I bet Mayweather's gonna win... This is gonna be the perfect weekend,' and he said, 'You know what would be perfect? If we got married in Vegas.' I went, 'Yeah, oh my God, that's awesome!' But in the back of my head I'm going, 'He's not serious.'
"We get to Vegas and he starts telling me about the MGM Grand chapel package and everything... and so Mayweather won and we got married the next day and it was beautiful. It wasn't tacky; I thought it was gonna be tacky."
Actresses-turned-designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's obsession with fashion began with re-structuring their costumes on the set of U.S. sitcom Full House. The 27-year-old twins rose to fame in their breakout role as Michelle Tanner on the popular TV programme, but have since turned away from life in Hollywood in favour of becoming leading designers in the fashion world.
In an interview with style site Net-a-Porter.com's magazine The Edit, the sisters reveal their love for clothes was ignited on the very show that made them famous, as they had to re-imagine their costumes by designers like Chanel and Marc Jacobs, in order to fit their smaller frames.
Ashley reveals, "On Full House we would be in six-hour fittings three times a week, because we had to wear 12 different outfits."
Mary-Kate adds, "We were designing clothes for ourselves as we were so petite, so I think that is when we became obsessed with fit, and now the obsession has become a profession."
In 2006, the Olsens created a high-fashion line called The Row, which has been critically acclaimed by style experts around the world.
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Vampire 101: Class is in Session
If you can't catch Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Sami Gayle and Dominic Sherwood from Vampire Academy at their Comic Con panel in New York on October 11 at 11AM ET, fear not: MTV will be featuring interviews and set visits online. Unless you've been locked in a coffin, you already know the movie version of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy is slated to open on Valentine's Day, 2014. The tale follows vampire/human hybrid Rose Hathaway and her classmates through the intricacies of Romanian vamp escoterica. It's like Buffy, but way more sophisticated. It is, after all, a boarding school.
For Vampires with Taste
If you're on the West Coast, why not duck out for a romantic evening at The Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room? There are some whites —for you wimps — but the reds are worth sharpening your teeth for. You will definitely make an impression on your date.
Three's the Charm
But if you're stuck any place in between, Encore has scheduled a mini vamp triple-header on Saturday Oct. 12: Van Helsing airs at 5:45 PM ET, Blade at 8 PM ET, and the crown jewel in that franchise, Blade: Trinity, airs at at 10 PM ET. Van Helsing is fine to watch while you're making dinner, but the coolest is definitely the last one. It's funny, imaginative and sick, and has something compelling the other two don't: Ryan Reynolds hotness.
In anticipation for the upcoming David O. Russell movie American Hustle, we're celebrating the 1970s with a look at our favorite modern-day films set in the disco era. Based on the FBI Abscam operation in the late '70s and early '80s, the movie centers around a cunning con man (Christian Bale) and his partner (Amy Adams), who are forced to cooperate with the FBI. Besides being excited to watch Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite on screen, we're also looking forward to the leisure suits, perms, and boogying. The '70s, which has been called "a pivot of change" and the "Me Decade," had one of the most distinct looks and feels (everyone wanted to look fabulous and go dancing), and lends itself well to cinema. Before American Hustle comes out, let's revisit all the best modern movies set in the 1970s.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights featured a phenomenal cast playing various characters in the 1970s adult film industry. Mark Wahlberg turned out a career-making performance as Dirk Diggler, an up-and-coming porn star who rose to fame in the Golden Age of Porn. Movies about the porn industry are never warm and fuzzy, though, and the movie presents a very real and harrowing look at how easily one can spiral out of control in the business.
Forrest Gump is easily one of the most iconic movies of all time. The title character (Tom Hanks), though limited in his intelligence, experiences the most significant historic moments of the '60s and '70s. Forrest fights in the Vietnam War, meets Lyndon B. Johnson, speaks at anti-war rallies with hippies, discovers the Watergate break-in, defeats China in ping-pong, and runs across the country several times. Everything from the political climate to the fashion and soundtrack paints a picture of the time period to a tee.
Summer of Sam
Spike Lee's Summer of Sam centers around a group of people caught up in the frenzy of one of the most infamous summers in U.S. history. In 1977, a serial killer calling himself Son of Sam terrorized New York City as he went on a killing spree shooting women in parked cars and wrote letters to the media warning that he would kill again. The movie depicts the fear that New Yorkers lived in during those fraught months, while also touching on the rise of punk music and the relationship between organized crime leaders and the NYPD.
As if the '70s weren't pronounced enough as an era, the '70s in Las Vegas was a visual overload of bell-bottoms, colorful leisure suits, and gold jewelry. Martin Scorsese's Casino follows three characters intertwined in a corrupt casino as they rise to power and then crumble as the FBI, government officials, and the mafia take down their empire. Sharon Stone (as Ginger) shines in the film, both in her performance and in her glittery gowns.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The time period may not be the first thing you think of when you think Anchorman, but Ron Burgundy and his news team did rock some pretty serious '70s moustaches, sideburns, and leisure suits between them. Not to mention Veronica Corningstone's sharp skirtsuits.
The 1970s created some of the best rock bands in history, and Almost Famous is a celebration of the rich decade for music. Based on director Cameron Crowe's own experience as a teenage rock journalist for Rolling Stone, the coming-of-age film sees protagonist William go from his typical high school life with a strict mom to life on the road with fictional band Stillwater. The movie's soundtrack alone will completely take you back to the time period.
Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused makes high school look so much more fun in 1976 than 2013, especially the last day of school. The movie follows the course of one day and night, as the incoming freshmen get hazed by next year's seniors, kids try marijuana for the first time, and everybody lets loose at a keg party. And who can forget Matthew McConaughey in his tight t-shirt and pink bell-bottoms as the creepy older guy who still picks up high school girls?
Actress Anna Kendrick's hit Pitch Perfect song Cups has climbed to the top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary Radio Airplay chart in America over a year after the film was released. The singing contest movie debuted in September, 2013 and Kendrick's hit tune rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100, but she becomes the first female to hit the top of the Radio Airplay countdown since Miley Cyrus reached number one with The Climb.
"We got a gold medal in Berlin last year for our rose, we got a gold medal for our regular every day white wine in Munich and we got a silver medal for our red in Portugal - and there's hundreds of wines in Portugal." Sir Cliff Richard is proud of his winemaking success in Portugal.
Scandal returns exactly where it left off, with Olivia Pope in a car with her DAD. Remember that small cliffhanger we were left with when we found out that the man trying to kill Olivia was actually her father? Yeah, crazy, even for this show. Anyway, Papa Pope is a bit intimidating, to say the least, but he quickly clears up that he was not trying to kill Olivia, but was actually trying to kill Jake Ballard (Sex Tape Jake, as he will now be known). Olivia, of course, doesn't listen to her father when he forcefully suggests she leave D.C. for "opening her knees" to the President. Instead, she heads back right back towards the White House, where we know Olivia will deal with this situation brilliantly.
After leaving her daddy issues in the dust, Liv calls a midnight meeting with Fitz and Mellie to discuss a game plan for dealing with their own scandal: the affair of Olivia and Fitz being leaked to the press. To say the least, this may be one of the best scenes I've seen on TV... like, ever. It's perfect. The three actors are at the height of their ability, making plans to manipulate the public in such a cool and collected manner. Olivia says they will save the presidency by having Mellie and Fitz hold a press conference in the rose garden. The two will hold hands, call in the kids, and create the illusion of the perfect American family. Olivia will issue a public apology and everyone will get over it. Mellie, of course, is not okay with this and finally convinces Fitz she's not as dumb as he thinks, revealing she knew every detail of the Liv/Fitz affair, snidely whipping out dates and details that fly like daggers at the two adulterers. When everyone has a chance to breathe after Mellie's amazing, amazing speech, the three eventually agree that they will go with the story that Fitz and Olivia slept together only twice, once on inauguration night, and once after Fitz got shot. A number that both Mellie and the American public can live with.
After pounding out the details, Mellie leaves the bunker that they are holed up in, and Fitz immediately asks Olivia if she's all right. Olivia replies "fine" so many times that we of course know she's lying. Then Fitz hugs her, and the always calm, cool Olivia cries. It's heartbreaking, and wonderful... Fitz, we love you.
Back at Pope & Associates, Harrison makes the decision to fix the Olivia scandal for her. He rallies the team with the best quote of the night: "Are we gladiators or are we b**ches?" The team must decide they're gladiators, because one scene later, footage airs of White House intern Jeneane Locke drunkenly slurring about how hot the president is. Olivia Pope is immediately cleared of any wrong doing, and she is no longer the public face of the president's mistress.
In case your head wasn't spinning enough, we cut to Mellie, the First Lady of crazy, calling out Fitz, saying he was the one who leaked Olivia's name... and, you know what, she's right! Fitz doesn't even try to defened himself and Mellie calls him "idealist, romantic, optimistic, and idiotic," finishing by saying his "whore" will never be First Lady. Of course, this is Scandal, so there is one last, awesome twist. In the final seconds, we cut back to Jeneane, sitting in Pope & Associates, waiting for the team to come in and fix her image as the new mistress of the President.
Okay, you can breathe now. It's over. And we are reminded exactly why we can't get enough of Scandal.
While you're waiting impatiently for next week's episode, check out Olivia defending Jeneane in next week's promo below.
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My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has called on the U.K.'s spy bosses to open top secret files from the 1990s to prove his theory that former Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly orchestrated the 'Britpop' movement. The cult band split in 1997 and did not release any albums during the golden years of 'Cool Britannia' from 1993 onwards, and Shields is glad they were not associated with the cultural phenomenon.
Now he is urging secret service bosses at MI5 to make public their documents from the 1990s as he is convinced Blair, who rose to power on a wave of Britpop-inspired optimism in 1997, was the architect of the entire movement, which features acts like Blur, Oasis and Pulp.
Shields tells British newspaper The Guardian, "Britpop was massively pushed by the government. Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone's eye there."