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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with preferring to not get married and just stay in a committed relationship with your partner instead, which is what many people in Hollywood choose to do. It’s one thing to just be dating, though, and a whole other thing to get engaged, which implies that you will be marrying. Some celebs seem to like the title of “fiance” more than turning it into “spouse,” and would rather be engaged for years than actually tie the knot.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat recently married his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, after a 2 year long engagement (and a relationship since high school), and John Legend finally married girlfriend of 4 years and fiancé of 3 years, Chrissy Teigen, on the same day as James and Brinson, no less. Though they finally got hitched, there are still some celebs who aren’t yet ready to put a wedding ring on it.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson Jessica Simpson has been engaged to retired NFL-er Eric Johnson since 2010 and they already have 2 kids together, Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute Johnson. To be fair to Simpson, though, it is difficult to try on dresses and plan out weddings when you've been pregnant and/or popping out kids for most of the relationship.
Taran Killam & Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are actually married now, but they still took their sweet time doing it. Engaged in 2009, the pair waited for 3 years (and the birth of their daughter) to finally tie the knot.
Kate Hudson & Matthew Bellamy Like her parents, Kate Hudson is living the non-married life with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Unlike her parents, though, Hudson has been engaged since 2011. There’s been no date set for their wedding as of yet, but we hope these crazy kids can make it last.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for 8 years. Though they initially claimed that they wouldn’t get married until gay people were allowed to marry too, the couple announced their engagement in 2012. Considering it took them 7 years to even get engaged, it’ll probably be another 7 for the actual wedding. Don’t hold your breath, peeps!
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Thursday night's New York premiere of Don Jon brought celebrities from every end of the spectrum, including Broadway actors, baseball players, and movie stars. All were there to support Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who made his directorial debut with this film.
At the premiere, I was lucky enough to speak with Gordon-Levitt and when I asked him how it was to be behind the camera, he replied, "Well, I love it. There's so many different things that go into making a movie ... Of course, what you're doing as an actor is a huge part of what the audience sees, but then, what the camera is doing at that time, or what the editing, or what the music is doing at that time also plays a huge part in the story that's being told. And, while I was coming up with this story, I had a lot of specific ideas about all those different elements. It was just a blast getting to play with all those tools."
Gordon-Levitt also stars in the film as the title character, Don Jon, a New Jersey playboy who is addicted to porn. When I asked Gordon-Levitt how he perfected the tough New Jersey accent, he said, "I spent years writing the character, so I had plenty of time to practice it. I lived in New York, on and off, for ten years, so I'm pretty familiar with that accent." And finally, when I asked if he was addicted to anything in real life, he replied with a smile, "Work." Well, I guess if you are going to write, direct, and act in a film, you would have to be addicted to it.
The rest of the cast, including Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson, and Tony Danza also made their way down the carpet and with mingled celebs, took photos, and did interviews for over an hour. When Moore was asked how Gordon-Levitt compared to other directors she's worked with, she replied, "I think the one thing that he shares with all the great directors I've worked with is his ability to articulate his vision, and he really knows what he wants, and is able to achieve it, and that's what great directors do."
Other celebrities who came out to support the film were Melanie Griffith, Dakota Johnson, Adrien Brody, Chris Noth, Matt McGorry, Rob McClure, and Dan Fogler.
Finally, when it was time to enter the screening, Gordon-Levitt and Johansson, who are clearly real-life friends, took a selfie together, which Gordon-Levitt later Instagramed with the caption, "Me and Scarlett. @DonJon premiere! #NotAnotherSelfie" Celebrities, they're just like us.
Be sure to check out Don Jon when it hits theaters Sept. 27th.
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"I'm so grateful for the fans and touched, but I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota." Actor Matt Bomer is flattered he has become the fan favourite to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, but he's very impressed with the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.
Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
Outraged Fifty Shades Of Grey fans have launched an online petition in a bid to force film bosses to reconsider casting Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as the leads in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' book. The author announced on Monday (02Sep13) that Hunnam and Johnson will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film, and fans are far from happy.
Many have taken to Change.org and are petitioning Hollywood executives and James to replace Hunnam and Johnson with fan favourites Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.
Producers of the film have defended the castings, explaining chemistry, talent and availability had a lot to do with their choices.
On Twitter.com, Dana Brunetti writes, "There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.
"So if your favourite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."
As of press time on Tuesday (03Sep13), the petition had garnered over 6,700 signatures.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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U.K. TV host Matt Johnson has told of his heartbreak at discovering his movie star ex-girlfriend Samantha Barks had moved on with top male model David Gandy just weeks after their split. The Les Miserables beauty called off her romance with the Welsh presenter earlier this year (13) and was subsequently linked to Dolce & Gabbana hunk Gandy.
Barks' brief relationship with Gandy reportedly finished last month (Jul13), but Johnson admits it was tough for him to see the actress in the arms of another man.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Sam and I cared for each other and the decision to break up was hard. When you genuinely have love for somebody it is hard to walk away. But it hurt when she upgraded to David Gandy. F**k Gandy!
"They were photographed together about three weeks after we split up, which was difficult to take. That's why it's a closed door between the two of us.
"My first reaction was to go: 'Get off her'. Then I was just thinking: 'Not Gandy'. I've seen his adverts - the man's got abs of steel. Anybody who is honest would think: 'He's a handsome man, I get it.' But it still burns, it really does."
Johnson goes on to reveal the reasons behind his split from Barks, adding, "Sam is amazing - she is so talented, gorgeous and sweet. But she's at a point of her career when she's just got to go for it and strike while the iron is hot. And it gradually got a bit more stressful because we never saw each other. We finally made the call to end it while drunk in a restaurant at 3am. It was really sad."
Les Miserables star Samantha Barks has split from top male model David Gandy after a brief romance. The singer/actress reportedly began dating the British hunk in May (13), but Gandy, who previously romanced The Saturdays pop star Mollie King, has now confirmed he is single again.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I am single at the moment. This summer I am going to L.A. and then New York. Samantha's gone to L.A. now and if I see her in L.A. then I see her in L.A. I am not going to go out of my way to see her, but if I bump into her, I bump into her."
The split is the second this year (13) for Barks, who parted from Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson before she started dating Gandy.
Les Miserables star Samantha Barks is dating top male model David Gandy, according to a U.K. report. The singer/actress split from Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson earlier this year (13) and has since moved on with the British hunk, who she has been dating for a month.
Gandy is said to have introduced Barks as "my girlfriend" at a yacht party in Monaco in May (13), while an insider tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "They can't keep their hands off one another. They kept it quiet at first but now they're happy to publicly display affection."
Gandy previously dated The Saturdays pop star Mollie King.
By now, you know if you're in or out for the Fast & Furious franchise. Director Justin Lin took the wheel for the third installment, Tokyo Drift, and kicked it into high gear with an independent trilogy of films with episode four, Fast & Furious. Now he's back for the sixth entry — finally, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the rest of the gang are ready to go toe to toe with summer's most ludicirous blockbusters. Fast & Furious 6 is a fantasy film, existing in a world where cars defy the laws of physics and logic is put on the back burner. It's more of the same, cranked up 100 times louder. Fans are going to love it.
After stealing millions and falling off the grid in Fast Five, Diesel's Dominic Torreto is recruited by lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to hunt down international criminal/custom car enthusiast Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Employing a team of expert drivers, Shaw is knocking off heists across Europe in hopes of assembling the ultimate weapon to sell off to the highest bidder. And there's a catch: Dominic's thought-to-be-dead lady friend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is part of Shaw's squad. The photographic evidence lights a fire under Dominic, and he gets Brian (Walker) and the rest of the gang back together to put an end to the evil doing.
What Lin does with the Avengers-esque setup of the Fast bros as a supersquad is simply astounding. Dominic and Co. travel to London to intercept Shaw and attack his plan like a swarm of fighter pilots in a WWII dogfight. The movie's not about racing anymore — even though there has to be (and is) a racing scene — and Lin pines for a bigger scale with more innovative action by abandoning the backgrounds of his characters and bestowing them with the power to fight crime. Could a roadster actually face off with a tank? Could a team of street drivers suddenly learn how to fight like they're Bruce Lee? Could Vin Diesel zoom off the edge of an elevated highway, fly in the air, land on a moving car, and survive? Fast & Furious 6 doesn't ask "could," it just says "does."
The main issue with the film, that even diehard fans might agree with, is that the drama around the few major set pieces is an absolute bore. Clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, Fast & Furious 6 feels like four seasons of a CBS procedural, with a bigger stunt budget. The twists and turns are episodic, continually returning to Torreto's homebase to formulate the next plan of attack and try and squeeze comedy out of the ensemble. (Funniest person in the movie? Ludacris as Tej — believe it). By the time Brian traces back through his past to an old nemesis — apparently the Fast franchise has a dense mythology worthy of callbacks — the talky moments feel like breaks for power napping. To keep the momentum, Lin shoots dialogue scenes as if they were chases, swirling camera movements and equally dizzying overacting. Just get to the cars already!
To combat superheroes and sci-fi epics, Fast & Furious 6 is even bigger and crazier than before. But it's overload — even with adeptly conceived and executed stunts, the sixth (but not final) entry of Fast is a Porsche souped up with monster truck wheels. Yeah, it looks wild, but it doesn't work.
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