The Blue Lagoon director Randal Kleiser posted a photo of his teenage leading lady Brooke Shields above her co-star's bed to make sure the young couple had instant chemistry on the set. In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on her Where Are They Now special this weekend (01Dec13), Christopher Atkins, who was 18 when he romanced the 14-year-old actress in the 1980 film, reveals he fell for Shields in a big way after staring at a shot of her every night.
Atkins says, "The director wanted us to be attracted to each other. He stuck a picture of her over my bunk on the boat when I first got there just so I could start becoming attracted to her.
"He said, 'It will come out in your eyes. It will come out in real time on film'."
The director's plan worked - a little too well: "Brooke and I had a little bit of a romantic-innocence sort of romance in the very beginning of the film. It was very nice. We were very, very close friends, put it that way!"
Atkins reveals the teenagers had plenty of time to get to know one another: "The conditions during filming were very rustic. When we got there, there was no water on the island and there was really no place to live. The first two weeks we lived on a boat and we were shuttled back and forth to the set from the boat. Then after that we moved into the tents and lived in those tents for four and a half months."
Last night was the 2013 American Music Awards, which means that all anyone is going to be able to talk about this morning is Miley Cyrus. For her performance of "Wrecking Ball," Cyrus decided to change things up a bit and skipped all of the twerking and outrageous antics in favor of giving a simpler, more emotional performance and ensuring that everyone just focused on her voice and the giant, floating cat behind her. That's right, Cyrus turned her latest single into a duet with a massive, animated cat who cried diamonds during the song's emotional climax. We're not sure where the inspiration for the performance came from, although it's probably some combination of all of the cat videos on YouTube and Kanye West's recent "Bound 2" video, but what we're really impressed with is the fact that even though she put in the least amount of effort when it came to staging last night, her weird, singing cat managed to make it the most talked about performance of the night.
Considering the 2013 AMAs included Lady Gaga arriving on a horse made up of people, Katy Perry building an elaborately-choreographed replica of a Japanese garden, and Justin Timberlake recruiting all of the Tennessee Kids to throw a boozy party onstage, it seems odd that Cyrus should be the most memorable part of the awards show. But Cyrus simply tapped into the most powerful PR resource in the world: the Internet. Let's face it, there's absolutely nothing that the Internet loves more than cats. Sure, seeing R. Kelly perform is always entertaining, and everyone is excited for the TLC comeback, but when it comes to cats, there's simply no competition.
It's the laziest and yet smartest move that Cyrus as made in the past year. Likely worn down from the combination of promoting "Wrecking Ball" and her recent 21st birthday, when it came time to plan her AMAs performance, the singer was probably too tired to come up with anything too elaborate. But she knew that people were expecting something that would top her infamous VMAs performance and her recent EMAs stunt, so she had to come up with something that would hold people's attention, and yet still allow her to fit a nap into her schedule. "Let's just throw a giant cat up there and call it a day. People love cats. Make it cry diamonds or something, that'll be weird," she said to her management team, and then ran off to dye her eyebrows. And so, simply by hitting the right mix of bizarre and adorable, Cyrus managed to still make the headlines without actually trying.
In fact, when you think about it, the Internet probably inspired most of Cyrus' recent performances. "Blurred Lines" became the biggest hit of the summer thanks, in part, to its video going viral, so Cyrus simply took all of the buzz surrounding it to a new, weird level. There's nothing gossip sites love more than tween stars behaving badly, and nothing embodies that whole "wacky and out-of-control" vibe better than Cyrus smoking a joint onstage. If her next performance involves a screaming goat and tons of '90s nostalgia, then there will genuinely be no stopping the buzz that surrounds her. (Feel free to use that idea, Miley, no credit necessary.)
So, Gaga, Katy, Justin, and anyone else who might have another big performance coming up, skip the rehearsals and the pyrotechnics and just stick a cat in the background. People will talk about you for weeks. Check out the video of Cyrus and her feline friend, below, for inspiration.
Music video director Cameron Duddy has married fashion photographer Harper Smith. The couple exchanged vows at actress Connie Stevens' ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on 10 August (13), reports People.com.
The veteran Hawaiian Eye star is the groom's step-grandmother as her daughter, actress Joely Fisher, is married to Duddy's father, cinematographer Christopher Duddy.
August (13) was a big month for the director - he won big at the MTV Video Music Awards weeks later for his work on Bruno Mars' Locked Out of Heaven promo, which was named Best Male Video at the New York prizegiving.
Friends, family and fans of novelist Elmore Leonard gathered in Michigan on Saturday (24Aug13) to attend the writer's funeral. The 87-year-old crime writer passed away on Tuesday (20Aug13), three weeks after suffering a stroke, and his life was celebrated with a service at the Holy Name Church in suburban Detroit.
His son Christopher paid tribute to Leonard and joked about the "biting sarcasm" the Get Shorty author had passed on to his children and grandkids, while fellow author and sports writer Mike Lupica said his longtime pal would have appreciated the Mass, reports The Associated Press.
Also in attendance was actor Timothy Olyphant, who stars in Justified, the TV drama series inspired by Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap as well as his short story Fire in the Hole.
After the funeral, Olyphant admitted he "felt very blessed" to have known Leonard.
True Blood star Stephen Moyer will take on Christopher Plummer's iconic role in The Sound Of Music for an upcoming TV revamp of the classic movie musical. Moyer will play single father of seven Capt. Georg Von Trapp opposite Carrie Underwood's nun-turned-governess Maria in the one-off television special, which will air in America at the end of the year (13).
Moyer's casting comes just weeks after he hit the stage as Chicago's Billy Flynn for a three-night run of the musical at the Hollywood Bowl.
The three-hour television production of The Sound of Music will be based on the original 1959 Broadway show, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. Oscars bosses Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will executive produce the special.
Justin Bieber's rapper friend Lil Twist has been accused of attacking a woman during a party at the pop star's Calabasas, California mansion, according to reports. The accuser alleges Lil Twist, whose real name is Christopher Moore, grabbed her by the arm and tried to prevent her from leaving the bash early on Thursday (01Aug13), according to TMZ.com.
The unnamed woman went straight to the nearby sheriff's department to report the matter and police are investigating the claims, the website reports.
The latest legal issue comes just weeks after the rapper was arrested on suspicion of DUI, while driving Bieber's Fisker Karma sportscar, and in March (13), Moore crashed the same car into cement poles in a San Fernando Valley, California parking lot.
Bieber was not at home during the party at the centre of the new legal dispute.
Pierce Brosnan's late daughter married her longtime partner just weeks before she lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan passed away aged 42 on Friday (28Jun13) from the same disease which killed her mother Cassandra Harris, the Bond star's first wife, 22 years earlier.
She decided to make her relationship with artist Alex Smith official before she died, and the pair exchanged vows in front of their families in London on 14 June (13).
Charlotte was Harris' daughter from a previous marriage, but Brosnan adopted her and her brother Christopher as his own after their father's death in 1986.
Actress Alicia Silverstone has launched a breast milk-sharing service for mothers who struggle to nurse their newborns. The Clueless star, who has a two-year-old son with husband Christopher Jarecki, has founded Kind Mama Milk Share, which connects mums unable to produce enough milk for their babies with healthy donors.
In a post on her official website, The Kind Life, she writes, "A couple weeks ago, another mama I know gave birth to a son. She e-mailed to let me know how things were going, and she was beside herself. She'd tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life - she nourished herself during pregnancy with clean, kind foods; had a beautiful home birth; and planned to breastfeed from now until her son could say, 'No thanks.' But because of a breast reduction surgery, she found she wouldn't be able to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together. She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made...
"A lot of women unfortunately have a similar struggle... And because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives... If you have milk to share -post it! If you are in need of milk - post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!"
If you follow entertainment news at all you know that director Marc Forster and star Brad Pitt found Max Brooks' 2006 zombie novel World War Z fiercely difficult to adapt. Multiple screenwriters — including Damon Lindelof and an uncredited Christopher McQuarrie — were brought in to tweak the script. Maybe it's because Brooks' novel is episodic, focusing on different vignettes about the Zombie War as a whole, like Studs Terkel's World War II oral history The Good War, rather than traditional three-act plotting. Or Forster & Co. simply wanted to create a rip-roaring action thriller instead of the political commentary that Brooks' had originally intended. Either way, a lot of the original novel got tweaked, or outright excised, in its translation to the big screen. Here are seven key differences between the book and the movie.
1. The Movie Drops the Book's Framing Device — Brooks himself is the narrator of his own novel, having reimagined himself working for the United Nations to chronicle the decade-long Zombie War that has just wiped out most of humanity and against which the survivors have only just recently emerged victorious. Unlike the movie, the book presents a past-tense account of events that have already concluded, as Brooks interviews combatants of the war about their experiences, resulting in an episodic structure.
2. China Has "Patient Zero" in the Book...But Not the Movie — Perhaps fearing that the inclusion of the detail that the first person infected with the zombie virus was in China would upset Chinese censors and prevent World War Z's distribution there, the movie suggests that "Patient Zero" was actually found in South Korea...or India. It's a little bit unclear.
3. American Ingenuity Saves the Day in the Movie, While American Complacency Threatens Our Doom in the Novel — Brooks directs much of his most potent political commentary toward America in his novel, showing the U.S. government as overconfident, but unprepared, in its response to the zombie outbreak. Isolationist tendencies prevent the U.S. from responding to reports of the outbreak elsewhere, and even once the government does react, the fact that our forces are tied down in "brushfire wars" (i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan) means we don't have many resources to fight the crisis. Some reviewers have noted that U.S. handling of the Zombie War recalls the unpreparedness of emergency management during Hurricane Katrina. But Brooks is also careful to show that the military's tactics in the fight — using shock and awe campaigns against undead beings that "can't be shocked and awed" — are outmoded.
4. However, America is Transformed by the War — The movie takes place over the course of a few weeks. The novel takes place over ten years. So while America may have started off ineptly in the fight, the whole of U.S. society is transformed during that decade to meet the crisis. Martial law and rationing of food are instituted. A "Re-Education Act" passes that requires training for adults to learn how to survive in a zombie-infested world, and public humiliation is re-instituted as a form of punishment for infractions against the law. Because of this, several secessionist zones pop up, including in the Black Hills.
5. The Nations that Are Winners and Losers Aren't Who You'd Expect — The movie makes you think that the whole world is suffering equally from the plague, with the exception of Israel. Even Wales, which along with most of the United Kingdom in the book emerges unscathed, is overrun by zombies in the movie. Some outcomes in the novel aren't unexpected: Pakistan and Iran obliterate each other with nuclear weapons following a refugee crisis. But Cuba, on the other hand, emerges as a major new power, having undergone a democratic revolution during the war. Havana even becomes the world's leading financial capital. China also transforms into a democratic society, and an independent Tibet possesses the world's most populous city in Lhasa. The zombies, however, completely exterminate the population of Iceland.
6. Really Weird Things Happen in North Korea — Actually, this is something that happens in both the book and movie, but with a few differences. In the film, the North Korean government orders that the teeth of all 23 million of its inhabitants be extracted so no one who becomes a zombie can bite and spread the infection. In the novel, the entire population disappears, presumably to hide in a network of underground bunkers that run through the whole country.
7. The Treatment of Prisoners Takes an Inhumane Hit — Another thing totally left out of the movie, convicts are basically exterminated by world governments in the novel by being dropped into infected areas and used to distract the zombies while the non-convict population escapes.
Funny that a movie with so many chomping zombies would ultimately be pretty toothless compared to its source material.
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Actor Christopher Meloni almost shot his stunt double on the set of new movie Man Of Steel after his gun misfired during filming. The former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star plays Colonel Nathan Hardy in the latest Superman reboot and he spent weeks undergoing weapons training for the project - however Meloni admits he almost caused a fatal injury.
He tells New York Magazine, "We did some weapons training - shooting guns, making transitions from one weapon to another. I just had to make sure I didn't shoot my stunt guy that was sitting next to me - which I almost did. I pulled out the weapon one time, and it went off. It was loaded with blanks and exploded out, and it put a hole in the seat."