At the forefront of the cast of the upcoming crime drama Freelancers is one of America's most incredible living actors: Forest Whitaker. As monumental a cinematic identity as the Platoon and Last King of Scotland star might have, he nonetheless feels humbled by the professional company of certain actors — one being his Freelancers costar, the great Robert De Niro. Whitaker explains in the exclusive video below that De Niro, whom Whitaker grew up watching on the big screen, embodies a "centered" behind-the-scenes presence, which results in fantastic performance (for De Niro and those with the privilege of working with him).
The film, which is directed by Jessy Terrero and stars 50 Cent and centers around a young man who follows in his murdered father's footsteps and joins the New York Police Department, only to take up with some of the dangerous characters with whom his dad kept company, and to stumble upon the truth behind his father's death. Check out the exclusive video featuring an interview with Whitaker, and catch the film on Blu-ray and DVD on August 21.
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The Dominican beauty admits she's been dogged by speculation about her relationship with Terrero - who has directed promos for artists such as Lionel Richie, 50 Cent and Akon.
But Ramirez insists she's a single woman, and the ex-couple has not been together for quite some time.
However, the star is refusing to go into further detail about the split in a bid to avoid fuelling the gossip.
She says, "You shouldn't believe everything you hear (sic) on the internet. He was a great guy (who) I was with for a while, and I'm not (now)."
Story? Here's the story: MGM grossed $140 million domestic from its sleeper hits Barbershop and its sequel and now they apparently think black audiences will flock in droves to whatever pile of drivel the studio chooses to make for them. The fact that this particular pile was written by a white man with a Jewish producer and a Latino director only makes that notion more convincing. Oh wait you mean the other story? Two words: Urban Airplane!. Kevin Hart plays Nashawn Wade whose dreams of owning an airline come true when he gets stuck in an airline toilet and sues the airline. On the maiden flight the pilot (Snoop Dogg) passes out in a haze of marijuana smoke and Nashawn with the help of his longtime ex-girlfriend (K.D. Aubert who somehow doesn't know that he's the owner) must land the plane.
The character is named Nashawn Wade see so they can call the airline he owns "N.W.A." This is
illustrative of every other joke in the movie: hopelessly contrived taking forever to pay off and not really worth it when it does. The co-pilot's name is Gaeman. When you need to set up your comedy by giving the characters funny names you're in serious trouble. And if Chris Tucker is Eddie Murphy Lite then Kevin Hart is Chris Tucker Lite. The laughs get farther and farther apart as the annoying voice becomes increasingly high-pitched and nasal. What this movie needed was a straight man a la Robert Hays in Airplane! some deadpan some Leslie Nielsen some wit. No actor in Soul Plane is close to supplying it. In fact no one here can even perform a simple double-take. In keeping with the movie's offend all comers mentality: Soul Plane is the Special Olympics
of comedy. Snoop Dogg is wasted literally and figuratively. So is Method Man who mostly stands around looking bored. Even Tom Arnold as the token cracker seems to be distancing himself with every line reading. Now John Gielgud and Peter O'Toole have slummed in comedies before and let us know they knew. But when Arnold is saying "I'm too good for this" well you might as well go straight to video.
Director Jessy Terrero has remade Airplane! without absorbing any of its lessons. Without question the original was amateurish puerile and lame for stretches. But it worked memorably for two reasons: With about four jokes per minute hitting the screen there was always something funny even when the batting average was low. Soul Plane has closer to one joke every four minutes. The movie feels long at 86 minutes. But most of all the dialogue in Airplane! was genius. Lines like "Looked like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue" and "I am serious and don't call me Shirley" are still repeated today. Soul Plane's lines will also be repeated in the future by anyone who thinks "F--- you N-----" is an acceptable conversation-starter. If the movie has one strong point the production design is consistently amusing. The plane itself is a vision of pimped-out purple velour glory. Coin-operated bus station lockers serve as storage in the "Low Class" seats. There is one laugh-out-loud sight gag involving Catholic priests. But even as you're laughing you're shaking your head thinking: They got their one laugh out of a Catholic priest joke. Ouch.
Top Story: Idol Whittles Down to Clay and Ruben
And then there were two. Viewers voted Kimberly Locke off Fox's American Idol competition Wednesday night, which narrows the field down to crowd favorites Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. A spokesman for the show told The Associated Press that Aiken and Studdard had been friends with Locke throughout the competition and added they were in tears after she was voted out. Aiken, of Raleigh, N.C., and Studdard, a Birmingham, Ala., native, will go head-to-head on the show's May 21 finale, with the winner getting a recording contract. Last year's American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, saw her album debut at No. 1 on Billboard last month.
Presenters Set for MTV Awards
Presenters for the 12th annual MTV Movie Awards were announced yesterday, with Brittany Murphy, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson headlining the ceremony. Rapper 50 Cent, the Russian girl duo t.A.t.U and pop singer Pink are set to perform. The awards ceremony, hosted by Justin Timberlake and Seann William Scott, will be taped May 31 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will air on MTV at 9 p.m. EDT June 5.
CBS Unveils Fall Slate
CBS will introduce seven new series this fall, including Jerry Bruckheimer's Cold Case, a drama about a Philadelphia detective assigned to track unsolved crimes. Former Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano will star in The Handler as an FBI agent training undercover agents in Los Angeles, while Charlie Sheen will star as a bachelor with a Malibu beach house in Two and a Half Men. Others on the slate include Navy CIS, about special agents fighting crimes within the military; an all-star version of Survivor with Richard Hatch, Rudy Boesch, Tina Wesson, Ethan Zohn and Jerri Manthey; the small-town drama The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.; and the comedyThe Stones.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Video Game Star
Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of this summer's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, will also star in an Atari video game due out this fall based on the movie, the AP reports. The 55-year-old action star said other companies are approaching him with ideas, including a pitch to make a game based on the 1977 weightlifting documentary Pumping Iron. "Two companies came to me with that idea to make it interactive, to have pose-offs," Schwarzenegger said Monday at an Atari party. "It can be something very educational but at the same time inspirational for kids to work out rather than become a couch potato," he added.
Spears and Skechers Settle Lawsuits
Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company have settled competing lawsuits over a deal for the singer to market a line of roller skates and accessories, the AP reports. In December, Spears filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Skechers, claiming the company did not pay her adequately for marketing a line of skates, failed to find outside businesses to make accessories for her line and used her presence in ads to increase sales of its own skate products. Skechers responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of contract, claiming Spears refused to cooperate with designers and marketers in rolling out her products. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Claudia Schiffer in Car Accident
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her three-month old son Caspar escaped injury following a car accident in London. Schiffer was traveling with her husband, film producer Matthew Vaughn, and their son Wednesday when their Range Rover collided with a white van. Schiffer's assistant was driving the car when they hit another vehicle. Newspaper photos showed a calm-looking Schiffer cradling Caspar after the accident near fashionable Kensington High Street in West London, Reuters reports.
Role Call: Snoop Dogg, Method Man in Soul Plane, Farrell's Anchor Man
Rapper-actors Snoop Dogg and Method Man are set to star in Soul Plane, MGM's urban version of the 1980 comedy Airplane! for director Jessy Terrero. Snoop Dogg will play the plane's pilot, and Method Man will portray the airline owner's best friend Muggsy, who is put in charge of the plane's business class ... Christina Applegate will star alongside Will Ferrell in the DreamWorks comedy Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for director Adam McKay. In the 1970s-set pic, Ferrell will play a local news anchorman ready for a national network job who falls in love with a cutthroat feminist reporter played by Applegate.