Australian actress Rose Byrne is set to join James Earl Jones for her Broadway debut in a revival of classic comedy You Can't Take It With You. The Bridesmaids star and Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford will play sisters in the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play, about a family of eccentric New Yorkers who clash with another clan over a real estate dispute.
Star Wars icon Jones was previously announced as Grandpa Vanderhof, while Kristine Nielsen and Mark Linn-Baker were also unveiled as part of the cast.
You Can't Take It With You, directed by Scott Ellis, will open for previews in August (14) at the Longacre Theatre.
Rapper Benzino was ordered off an airplane after he allegedly yelled at a flight attendant in an expletive-filled rant. The hip-hop veteran was removed from the aircraft during a stopover in Chicago, Illinois on a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia following a dispute with a stewardess, who reportedly questioned Benzino about his seat.
A video obtained by TMZ.com appears to Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, cursing and calling the stewardess a "racist motherf**ker" and a "racist b**tard".
The website's editors report he was asked to leave. There were no further incidents and police were not called to the scene.
The news of Benzino's airplane bust-up comes after an eventful trip to Sin City - he was on hand to witness his friend, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., in a brawl with rapper T.I., and he also revealed on Tuesday (27May14) that he wed his girlfriend Althea Hart at the famous Little Wedding Chapel.
He took to Instagram.com to share photos of himself and his new bride, adding in a caption, "Yesterday was an amazing day in Las Vegas".
Veteran actor James Earl Jones is heading back to Broadway in the revival of classic play You Can't Take It With You. The 87-year-old Tony winner will return to the Great White Way this autumn (14) in the 1936 comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Jones is reportedly set to play the role of Grandpa Vanderhof, the head of the Sycamore family which butts heads with rival clan the Kirbys over a real estate dispute.
The Star Wars icon last appeared on Broadway in 2012's The Best Man revival, for which he earned his fourth Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor.
The upcoming production, directed by Broadway vet Scott Ellis, marks the first revival of the show in more than 30 years.
The play debuted on Broadway in 1936, and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. In 1938, the film adaptation by director Frank Capra claimed the Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards.
James Franco is set to portray another gay character in a new movie by Milk director Gus Van Sant, according to a U.S. report. The actor will portray Michael Glatze, a prolific gay rights activist who denounced his homosexuality after turning to Christianity.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Van Sant has hired Franco to star in the new movie, which is set to start shooting in the Big Apple in July (14).
Franco played gay rights advocate Scott Smith in Van Sant's Milk in 2008, while he also portrayed homosexual poet Allen Ginsberg in 2010's Howl and writer Hart Crane in The Broken Tower the following year (11).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Molly Sims is just your typical drop dead gorgeous, impossibly stylish swimsuit model, actress, designer and, now, redhead. She debuted her Amy Adams-inspired hair color which she credits to the Nexxus Color Assure hair product line. But Molly has a lot more changes going on in her life other than a completely new look.
Check out our video interview with Sims where she debuts her new look, updates us as to what she’s been up to, and even tells us how to take a killer selfie (tip: hold the camera up high):
Sims recently married film producer Scott Stuber (who was the executive producer of The Internship, so clearly he’s super cool) and had a baby boy, Brooks Alan, who she calls “Brooksie.” She constantly posts pictures of Brooksie, who is possibly the cutest little boy ever, but what else would you expect - his mom is a supermodel.
Sims also runs a full-fledged lifestyle blog, mollysims.com, which is pretty amazing. In the blog, she talks about her “secrets to being healthy, happy and hot.” And she really is the epitome of all three of those. Dishing on secrets to being a fabulous homemaker and always looking your absolute best, the blog is my latest obsession.
Sims is also working on launching a maternity and baby line later this year or early next year. Can’t wait to see her beachy, bohemian style shine through her designs. She is one of the few who has remained a timeless beauty and style icon throughout the years, right up there with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Brooke Shields. We’ve missed her while she took a little time off to start her family. Whether it’s designing, changing her hair color, or swimsuit modeling, we can’t wait to see what Sims does next.
Acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey is among the big contenders at Britain's upcoming National Television Awards. The TV show has scored a nod in the Drama category along with Call The Midwife, Broadchurch and sci-fi series Doctor Who, while Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith is up for the best Drama Performance prize.
The veteran actress will compete against Doctor Who's Matt Smith as well as Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife).
Other big names in the competition include Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will battle Luther's Idris Elba for the top TV Detective title, along with Broadchurch co-stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who will compete against each other for the prize.
Law & Order UK star Bradley Walsh is also included in the category, along with Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).
The awards will be handed out in a cermeony at London's O2 Arena on 22 January (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Actors Amy Poehler and Adam Scott can add interviewers to their resumes after reuniting Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers to celebrate their classic TV series Hart To Hart. The veteran stars played Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple moonlighting as amateur detectives, for five years from 1979, and they were brought back together recently for Entertainment Weekly's annual reunion issue.
Series superfans Poehler and Scott sat down with the pair for a filmed interview, which aired on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (17Oct13), during which Wagner revealed that he and Powers had to battle show producers to keep their characters in a state of loved-up bliss.
He explained, "You know, it's great to be married if it works. We never got into any domestic squabbles (onscreen). They (producers) constantly wanted to have conflict... between us and we fought very hard for that (not to have fights onscreen)."
Powers added, "(We wanted to be) two people who were adults, who were in love with each other and had chosen to be together and were there because of free will."
Poehler and Scott, who are co-stars on U.S. comedy Parks and Recreation, even reenacted the opening credits for Hart to Hart, donning Seventies' garb as they cruised down a highway in an open-top sports car.
Funnyman Chris Rock is teaming up with his famous pals Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Tracy Morgan to shoot a new movie loosely based on his life. The comic arrived at the New York City premiere of Grown Ups 2 with his own camera crew last week (ends12Jul13) and reports indicate Rock is set to star in the as-yet untitled project, produced by Scott Rudin, as a version of himself, named Andre.
The movie will feature Rock announcing his engagement to Rosario Dawson on her fake reality show, and hanging out with his celebrity friends, including David Spade, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart.
The cast has been filming all over the Big Apple since June (13) and Rock recently shot a scene at Scores strip club with Sandler, Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg.
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Jerry and them did cameos inside. Sandler accuses a stripper of stealing his cell phone and she says, 'I have no clothes on, where would I put it?' Seinfeld says, 'I know where you could put it.' It's very funny."