Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, American football star Reggie Bush, married his longtime love Lilit Avagyan at luxury The Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego, California on Saturday (12Jul14). The couple became engaged last year (13), shortly before the birth of its daughter Briseis. The Detroit Lions star famously dated Kardashian on-and-off for several years before splitting for good in 2010. The reality TV star wed rapper Kanye West in May (14).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Christina Applegate will star in Book of Life, an animated feature from the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro.
Jorge Gutierrez is directing Book of Life, which centers around Manolo, a young man who embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must brave his biggest fears.
The cast also includes Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman (duh!), and a bevy of actors including Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, and Ana de la Reguera. Given the cast and the information released about the film, it seems that the feature is going to have a rich Latin flair. It is also being reported that the film will offer a fresh take on current pop songs.
Del Toro is known for his ability to create impressive and imaginative visuals with gothic undertones. We’re excited to see what a visionary director can do with a full-length animated movie, especially after watching his creepy Simpsons opener that still has us checking under the couch for monsters. Even though del Toro is only producing, we're positive that his vision and influence will spill into all aspects of production.
Basketball star Lebron James married his fiancee in a lavish ceremony in San Diego, California on Saturday (14Sep13). The Miami Heat star exchanged vows with his longtime partner, Savannah Brinson, the mother of his two sons, at the city's Grand Del Mar Hotel.
The couple kept the nuptials private, ushering guests into the ceremony under the cover of tents, according to the Associated Press.
Guests reportedly included James' Miami Heat teammates, including Dwyane Wade and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union, who posted a picture of her wedding outfit on her Twitter.com page, and singer Ne-Yo.
The wedding celebrations reportedly kicked off with a barbecue feast on Friday evening (13Sep13), and will conclude with a farewell brunch on Sunday (15Sep13).
Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs sent the newlyweds a message of congratulations via Twitter.com, writing, "Congrats to (LeBron James) getting married!!!!! Every King needs a Queen that holds him down!!"
After Boardwalk Empire’s earth-shattering season finale, HBO gave viewers a taste of their newest offering: Luck. The official premiere is Jan. 29. The series’ pilot, directed by Michael Mann and written by Deadwood creator David Milch, enjoyed a sneak preview and we caught a glimpse of what this Dustin Hoffman-starrer is really going to offer. You should be warned that the world of gambling at the racetrack is new to me – I bet 10 bucks on a single race at the Del Mar Racetracks one summer, and while I walked away with $20, I’m anything but an expert. Plus, I should warn you this breakdown includes some spoilers.
1. Horse Racing is majestic and heartbreaking.
Mann’s direction is obvious from minute-one. The pilot makes strides to bring us into the likely unfamiliar world of the racetrack and the excitement that accompanies it. For most of us, Seabiscuit and Secretariat are the closest images we have to this world, but Luck delivers a much more visceral, carnal element to the realm. We see the horses’ glistening haunches; we watch them run with their hooves pounding the moistened track and their defined muscles working tirelessly to navigate every curve. And just as we start to get high on the beauty of it all, the pilot hits us with reality: there’s a dark side. We witness a jockey’s heartbreaking task as he strokes one injured creature’s wilting head as the vet puts it down for good. The scene is arguably the most powerful moment in the entire pilot and an element that allows the series to be more than just a gambling romp.
2. Betting on Horses is an all-engrossing undertaking.
Of course, it is still a show about that consuming vice: betting. There’s corruption; there’s significant, crippling loss; there’s redemption; there’s hopeless addiction; and all of this means there’s plenty of trouble to be had. We see this world from all angles. We meet the trainers, the horse owners, the track agents, the jockeys, the horses themselves, the downtrodden, lowly betters so addicted to the game they bet their happiness on it. While we only caught a glimpse of what this world has to offer in the pilot, the realm is cracked wide open, offering a huge playing field for the series.
3. Dustin Hoffman is fantastic, just as we all assumed he would be.
Why did anyone tune into the pilot last night? Insomniacs aside, I can safely say that Hoffman’s involvement is the number-one draw for most viewers. We’ve grown up watching the man deliver fantastic performance after fantastic performance. His name is synonymous with countless classic films, and with the cinematic series that often land on HBO, our expectations are rather high. His role in the pilot as the newly freed jailbird, Ace Bernstein, is rather small, but he assumes it adeptly and it’s very obvious that he’s about to take us into another captivating world. Side note: did anyone else get a little, nerdy satisfaction out of the notion that Hoffman is playing another Bernstein – the first one being Carl Bernstein in All The President’s Men?
4. It’s going to be a slow burn; the pilot is just an introduction to the lifestyle.
Not a whole lot happened in the pilot. It sort of felt like a more detailed version of the first 20 minutes of any movie. Countless shots of gleaming horses racing reel us into the action and excite us. Hoffman’s cagey conversations behind closed doors intrigue us. The buncha losers’ big win gives us a taste of that sweet, yet fleeting sense of victory. And the jockeys’ and trainers’ POV makes us feel like we’ve got a bird’s eye view of everything. Yet, the pilot was all set-up. There were no big reveals and the typical HBO signatures – boobs and blood – were completely absent. Those things and the bigger storylines are coming, but it appears they’re coming very slowly and methodically. It seems we’ll all just have to…hold our horses. (I’m sorry for that – couldn’t help myself.)
5. Dumbledore is coming.
Part of that slow burn includes the road to Michael Gambon’s role on the series. His role is shrouded in some significant secrecy, but we do know that he’ll be a rival to Hoffman’s Ace Bernstein, which is a delicious notion worth sticking around for.
Did you watch the pilot? Share your thoughts in the comments and on Twitter. [@KelseaStahler]
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Former Miss California CARRIE PREJEAN has married American footballer KYLE BOLLER in a private ceremony in San Diego, California. The couple wed on Friday (02Jul10) at the Grand Del Mar resort. The controversial beauty queen hit the headlines last year (09) when she was stripped of her crown after violating her contractual obligations by failing to make a string of public appearances.