The cast shot the upcoming romantic drama in Cooper's native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in order to best prepare for the part, De Niro asked the actor's relative Ernie for vocal tips.
Cooper tells U.S. TV host David Letterman, "Often you see movies in Philadelphia where everybody sounds like they're from New York... But he really wanted to get that Philly accent down... (so) Robert De Niro said, 'Bradley can I have your uncle read my lines?' I thought, 'Oh my God.'
"So we're in a hotel room, my uncle Ernie is sitting there on the couch, then Robert De Niro is next to him, and (director) David O. Russell is next to him... Then David O. Russell started to direct him... It was so crazy. They went through the whole script!... At one point I literally could not stop laughing, because this is my uncle, like this tough guy, he's got hands like catcher's mitts, just being sort of attacked by both sides by these guys and just sweating...
"But the Philadelphia mentality, they are pretty confident, and we walked out and he (my uncle) said, 'We'll see if he does it as good.'"
Attention, ladies. Are you tired of struggling to hold a pen that is too bulky for your slender hands? Is the rubber grip on a regular pen too rough for your delicate skin? Do your pens fail to sparkle sufficiently? You're in luck! Bic is here to solve all of your writing utensil woes with their new line of Bic Cristal For Her pens.
Designed "just for her," these pens "feature a thin barrel designed to fit a women's hand" (I guess ladies with larger mitts are out of luck). Not ladylike enough? They also have "a diamond engraved barrel for an elegant and unique feminine style." Meaning, they're sparkly. And nothing says, "I'm a working professional who deserves to be taken seriously," like a sparkly pen.
Judging by the scathing product reviews on Amazon.com, Bic missed the mark on this one. "When I'm not in the kitchen or scrubbing the floors, I like to write. These pens are great because my finger muscles are not as strong as a man's and these pens are so much lighter," writes a customer going by the name of Sassy Female. "I use it all the time to copy recipes from Good Housekeeping and Redbook. The case colors make it really easy to match with my daily outfits! It helps me write really clearly, so that my kids can always read their names when I write them on their school lunches!" writes another. Some poor sap at Bic is shaking his (it's got to be a man who created these, right?) head, ruing the day he ever thought to market a typically gender neutral item such as a pen to women only.
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But really, why are we so surprised by this? From toiletries such as razors and deodorants to food items ("Choosy Moms Choose Jif"), products have been branded to women since the birth of branding. In the 1970s, Secret came up with its ill-advised slogan, "Strong Enough for a Man, Made for a Woman," which unfortunately stuck around until the early 2000s, at which time it finally morphed into "Strong Enough for a Woman." But women still choose pink razors over black ones, and commercials for cleaning supplies still refer to "Mom" instead of "Dad," or a more neutral "parent." Are pens marketed specifically to women any different? Nope. But that doesn't make it okay.
Gender normalization starts the day you are born; baby girls get little pink fuzzy blankets and little pink fuzzy hats, baby boys get little blue fuzzy blankets and little blue fuzzy hats. Little girls are given dolls to play with and little boys are handed trucks. Before girls have a chance to choose for themselves, they are steered towards things that are glittery, pretty and pink. Girls who are more attracted to playing in the mud than playing house are labeled "tomboys." Their parents are reassured that it's only a phase. While there are exceptions, this is pretty much the rule.
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Star magazine perfectly exhibited this forced dichotomy by pitting Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt against each other on its cover (at left). While Suri is lauded for her accessorizing, Shiloh's short haircut and army fatigue raises eyebrows. Why must little girls always be classified as the "princess" or the "tomboy"? Why can't they just be kids?
From color-coded blankets in the crib to His and Hers towels on the wedding registry, members of the "fairer" sex are told to buy things that will display their femininity. The products themselves may only differ in color, but time and time again, women are told to go for the pastels. I'm not against the items themselves — heck, my friend loves her hot pink power drill – just the "Ladies Only" label slapped on the front. Go ahead, make your pretty pens, Bic. I'm sure ladies will buy them and love them. But do you need to brand them as "for her"? For every girl or woman who is drawn to these pens for their appearance, a boy will be repelled by the "just for her" proclamation. Bic is not only driving a wedge between the genders, but straight through the center of its customer base. And that's just bad business.
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The Irish actor admits he only learned to "experience himself" more recently after sobering up and becoming more responsible following years of body abuse.
Nowadays, fans are more likely to see him out jogging or at the gym than partying with his peers - and he insists his hard work has paid off.
He tells WENN, "With exercise there's nothing going in, but sweat coming out. There's so many ways as human beings to experience ourselves. That's just a way that I've grown in the last four years to really enjoy experiencing myself, feeling my body in space and actually being aware.
"For years if you asked me how many fingers do you got (sic) on your hands, chances are that I didn't have to look down and start counting but I wasn't that aware. It's kind of really incredible and sometimes it's really painful and sometimes it's really joyous and sometimes it feels unfortunate and sometimes it feels blessed, but working out is something I've enjoyed doing the past couple of years and I love it.
"Sometimes I need to get out of the house (and work out), but if anything it's just an escape to another aspect of myself. For (new film) Total Recall I worked with the mitts (gloves) and I got really fast jogging. I was good in school in the 100 metre (dash) but never a long distance runner. But I got three miles down to a good time."
President Barack Obama, you finally feel our pain. Apparently, there aren't even enough secret service agents in Washington, D.C., to keep the president from running into the Kardashians. "Why am I telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian?" President Obama joked during the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night. "What is she famous for, anyway?"
But the "friendly" jests hardly ended there. Jimmy Kimmel also turned the event into a Kardashian roast. "If you're looking for the greatest threat to America right now, she's right there," Kimmel said as he pointed directly at the reality star. Kimmel added, addressing President Obama, "When you took office, the Kardashians had one reality show. Now they have four. This is not a good trend."
While Kim and Kris Jenner, her mother, both took the jokes in stride, this is hardly the first time E!'s First Family has been the target of jabs. Here are just a few who have kept up with taking shots at the Kardashians. Why make fun of the family? Because, like Everest, they're there. A little too often.
Jon Hamm v. Kim Kardashian
Just a month ago, Mad Men star Jon Hamm started a battle with Kim when he dissed her during an interview with Elle UK. "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated," he stated. "Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."
Jonah Hill v. the Karadashians
Moneyball star Jonah Hill took a swing at the Kardashian's reality empire when he told The Huffington Post that he didn't understand why people would choose to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Sunday nights over Mad Men. "The truth of it is, I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows," he said. "Shows that people actually work hard on; writing, and creating, and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like Mad Men is disgusting."
Mitt Romney v. Kim Karadashian
Kim Karadshian may be planning on running for Mayor of Glendale one day, but she has already made it into one political race. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared the reality star's short-lived marriage to the promises of President Obama makes while on the campaign trail. “I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama, going through making Iowa promises... " Romney said. "I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of ’til death do we part.”
Cher v. Kim Kardashian
You know things are bad when you're put on a lower tier than Jon and Kate Gosselin. "Never saw a Kardashian but these B**ches should b Drop kicked down a freeway! Not kidding!" she tweeted. "feel like I live in a cave! Once watched J&Kate they were sweet! This s**t is HARD CORE! Is true Kardashian did Porno ! I'm so Fkn outa it !"
Barbara Walters v. the Kardashians
Barbara Walters may have been interviewing the Kardashians, but she still unloaded her opinion right in front of the reality stars. "You don't really act; you don't sing; you don't dance," Walters said to the girls. "You don't have any — forgive me — any talent!"
Paris Hilton v. Ex-BFF Kim Kardashian
Back in 2008, the hotel heiress (and former Kardashian BFF) said, "I would not want [Kim's ass] — it's gross! It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag."
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S07E01: Weeds is back! Yay? Well, for the most part, yay; not so much for the other part. They’re reinventing themselves again? How many facelifts has this show had? In seven seasons they’ve switched styles something like five times and the seventh season brings about another one. However, as last year showed, a reinvention isn’t always a bad thing and from the looks of this first episode, this season should be fairly good.
We start off with a time jump -- three years to be exact. Nancy has been in jail while the rest of the crew has been shipped off to Copenhagen. Actually, it's not the whole brood; she shipped Stevie off to live with her sister. Normally, I’m not a fan of time jumps like this. Take for instance this week’s True Blood, which used a bad time jump simply to stir up the plot and act as an easy excuse for exposition dialogue. But Weeds' time jump just feels right. It gives all the characters a needed break after they had basically been on the run for a year and it forces Nancy to stop being such a catalyst for destruction. She has time to reflect and the rest of the family is able to relax somewhat.
"The ass and the eye?" - Nancy
So, what’s the rest of the family been up to while Nancy’s in jail? Andy has become a local personality, leading tourists on tours around the city. Silas has been putting his body to use and become some sort of model for a flavored water or something. Not a bad gig. Shane, the amazing Shane, has started shacking up with his marionette partner who only wants him for his sperm. Shane is the best, even with a faux hawk and sideburns. And Doug is just being Doug -- smoking at any opportunity. Go Doug!
But we gotta kick things somehow and it starts when Nancy is released into a halfway home. Apparently she's reached a deal with the FBI and she thought when she was released that she would go into witness protection, but that deal is nullified. Why? Well, it turns out Reyes died in prison (CONVENIENT!) and the cartel disbanded, so she has no one to run from. The halfway house is in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, which means she’s a little out of her element and when she meets the counselor (the black nerdy guy from Malcolm in the Middle) she manipulates him into letting her out for a couple of hours. Nancy is a master manipulator whether she realizes it or not. It’s a wonderful character trait, though it does tend to make her annoying at times. I have a feeling she’ll be putting it to the test this season.
How? Well it turns out her cellmate has a contact on the outside and they’ve formed a plan for Nancy. Also -- and this is really important and should be noted -- Nancy apparently became lovers with her female cellmate. AWESOME. Said cellmate gives Nancy some oven mitts, which Nancy uses in a sauna to find a key, which in turn opens the trunk of a beat-up car. And in the car is a suitcase full of weapons. It seems the little suburban pot dealer just upgraded to gun-running. Awesome.
"I don’t take orders from my sister. Isn’t enough I’m raising her child?" - Jill
Meanwhile, over in Copenhagen, Shane prepares to head back to America to find Nancy. Nancy’s sister tells them that Nancy is out and this immediately sets Shane off on a mission. He gets a ticket for Andy and Doug as well but leaves Silas out of it. His reason is that Silas is doing well enough on his own and doesn’t really want to come back. Silas doesn’t exactly looked pleased with it, but he stays in Copenhagen all the same. I really hope they don’t keep Silas overseas for too long because the show is always weaker when the family is separated. Remember when Celia was off with the revolutionary army and how weak that storyline was? Yeah, Silas better head back home soon.
Overall, this wasn’t a terrible episode. It effectively got us up to speed on all the characters and set the season in motion. My only real complaint is that I wish more stuff happened. As the episode ended, my only thought was “That’s it? That’s all we get?” But I guess its a good sign when I don’t realize half an hour has passed. Weeds looks like it is going to keep the momentum going from last year and I for one think the season might be a bit explosive. Awesome.
The actor/director hired a stellar ensemble of action stars including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the upcoming film, which follows the story of an elite group of mercenaries sent to overthrow a ruthless South American dictator.
Stallone jokes that the ageing Hollywood hard men are well past their prime, but he's "proud" to have gathered such an "ugly" group of actors.
He tells Fox News, "I thought we had the ugliest group of guys on the planet in one movie. That is what I am so proud of. We all look like horseshoes or catchers' mitts.
"People go, 'Wow, that is a sexy group of guys'. And I say, 'Excuse me, you're talking about the Twilight team, not us.'"
Baseball doesn’t hold quite the same magic as it once did. That’s why they had to set Everyone's Hero in the Depression-era when the New York Yankees ruled the game and their star player Babe Ruth sat on the throne. As the story goes a young boy named Yankee Irving (Jake T. Austin) has to save his dad’s job as a janitor at Yankee Stadium after Ruth’s beloved bat is stolen by the big bad Chicago Cubs owner (Robin Williams) and his lackey (William H. Macy) right before the World Series. Yankee’s dad is blamed for the theft so the kid obsessed with the Babe and doesn’t want his family living in the streets sets out on an adventure to get the bat back. He has some help chiefly from an old forgotten baseball (Rob Reiner) —who was once in the Show but got hit out of the park as a lousy foul ball—and the bat itself nicknamed Darlin’ (Whoopi Goldberg) who sasses her way through the shenanigans. Warms your heart already doesn’t it? It seems everyone’s having a good time. Reiner is particularly cantankerous as Screwie voicing the baseball as if he was an old Jewish man yelling at the kids on the street for making too much noise. Not a whole lot to like about the character but he provides comic foil especially with Goldberg as the pampered bat who knows how kind the real Babe is. For some odd reason Williams is un-credited as the blowhard Cubs owner Napoleon Cross but it’s not too hard to pick out his distinctive voice. Maybe the actor didn’t want to be labeled a bad guy. But Macy is sufficiently wacky as Cross’ henchman and Cubs pitcher Lefty McGinnis who has all manner of bad things happen to him--electrocuted hit by a train you get the picture—as he chases after the kid and the bat. In retrospect slamming a movie co-directed by the late Christopher Reeve as a pet project for his young son (with wife Dana Reeve who died of lung cancer earlier this year providing the voice of Yankee’s mom) seems a tad coldhearted. But unfortunately even with all the heart soul--and apparently lots of time--poured into it Everyone's Hero still comes off as bland and overdone. There’s the same hackneyed dialogue filled with the same feel-good messages (“Have faith in yourself!” “Friends stick together!”) and the same insipid pop tunes peppered throughout. It may have been more interesting if the whole story were told from the baseball’s point of view. How about if ALL the equipment talked--the mitts the bases et. al.--and we saw the game through their eyes? Not bad eh? If only this had been my brain child...