June 13, 2013 4:09pm EST
Tom Hanks is teaming up with Tom Tykwer, who co-directed Hanks in 2012's disaster/masterpiece/depends who you ask Cloud Atlas, for another ambitious film project. According to Deadline, Tykwer has adapted Dave Eggers' National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King for the big screen, and Hanks is set to take the starring role.
Now, Deadline describes the book and film's premise by writing, "The story involves a struggling businessman who, after failing in America, heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city for a last ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and do something memorable." But fans of the novel (a group to which I belong) know that the truth of the matter is that not a whole lot happens in this book. In fact, I'd say about 85% of the story consists of Hanks' character-to-be sitting and sweating in a tent in Saudi Arabia while he wonders when lunch and a working WiFi signal will appear. Sometimes, in the more exciting moments, our protagonist walks from the tent to a neighboring office building.
Sounds like a scintillating movie, don't it?
In all fairness, Eggers' novel, while rather stationary, is a wonderful slice of life that deftly evokes a place and mood — both of which can be described as stifling. While Cloud Atlas, Tykwer's joint venture with Lana and Andy Wachowski, was generally acknowledged to be too ambitious an undertaking to be entirely successful, his smaller scale Run Lola Run is a cult favorite.
And how do we think Hanks will fare as our hero, Alan Clay? Well, we know he's good at being alone.
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May 21, 2013 7:25pm EST
R&B star Ray J was once rejected by Halle Berry after he asked the Oscar winner out on a date. The One Wish hitmaker, who dated Whitney Houston on and off before her tragic death, reveals he tried his luck with the Hollywood beauty shortly after her 2010 split from model Gabriel Aubry, while he was doing a little presenting at a red carpet event - but his advances were practically laughed off.
He tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I tried to get with Halle Berry one time.
"She probably doesn't even remember because I was like hosting, asking her questions on the red carpet... This was maybe like three years ago, four years ago... I walked up to her and just was like, 'Yo, I know I just interviewed you, but you're so pretty, I would love to take you out on a date' and all she did was go, 'Aww'."
Berry went on to romance French hunk Olivier Martinez and the couple is now expecting its first child together.
May 20, 2013 3:46pm EST
We've all spent our fair share of time begging friends to refrain from posting compromising pictures of us on social media. But when our "friends" are the Twitter happy X-Men franchise director/producer Bryan Singer, and our "compromising pictures" include shots of us, completely naked, draped entirely in blue body makeup as the mutant character Mystique, then privacy is a tall order. Oh, also, we're Jennifer Lawrence in this scenario. So get ready to be the subject of a whole bunch of hashtags.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Singer hit Twitter on Monday afternoon to share the latest set photo from his upcoming Marvel chapter. Lawrence returns as the complicated character Raven Darkhölme for the upcoming time-bending chapter, carrying forth with the role formerly inhabited by Rebecca Romijn... and doing quite a powerful job, if we do say. And that has nothing to do with the fact that she is naked (or that we were just pretending to be her a moment ago).
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May 15, 2013 9:49am EST
Actress Jacqueline Brookes has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 82. She died of lymphoma in Manhattan on 26 April (13), according to the New York Times.
Born in New Jersey, she graduated from Iowa University and studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Brookes first found fame on stage in 1963 after winning an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway performance in Six Characters in Search of an Author and she later starred in a number of popular U.S. TV shows, such as Miami Vice, Law & Order, and As the World Turns.
Her other credits include movie roles in The Gambler alongside James Caan, Losing Isaiah with Halle Berry and The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear, featuring Priscilla Presley and O.J. Simpson.
In 1974 she began teaching at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York, where she worked until her death.
May 14, 2013 3:40pm EST
Rapper Drake looks set to dominate the upcoming BET Awards after landing 12 nominations. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker received five nods in the category of Video of the Year, with his promos for Started From The Bottom, HYFR (with Lil Wayne), No Lie (with 2 Chainz), Poetic Justice (with Kendrick Lamar), and Problems all getting nods, while he'll compete with collaborators A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar in the Best Collaboration category.
In addition, Drake's Problems and Started From The Bottom are up for the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award, and he'll also battle with Lamar, Future, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Rocky for the title of Best Male Hip Hop Artist. The Best Female Hip Hop Artist trophy will be a fight between Nicki Minaj, Eve, Rasheeda, Rye Rye, and Azealia Banks.
Other nominees include Beyonce, who will duke it out with Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, and Elle Varner for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Miguel, who will battle to become the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
Meanwhile, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Common, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and Denzel Washington will do battle for the top acting nods, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, Sparkle, and Think Like A Man are up for Best Movie.
The winners will be announced during the Los Angeles ceremony, hosted by Chris Tucker, on 30 June (13).
May 12, 2013 6:05am EST
Expectant actress Halle Berry is keeping active as her pregnancy progresses - she hosted a charity walk in Los Angeles on Saturday (11May13). The Monster's Ball star helped launch the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women, an annual fundraiser in aid of cancer research, treatment and counselling.
Actress Julie Bowen took part in the 3.5 mile (5.6 kilometre) challenge, and later shared her experience with her Twitter.com followers.
In a post, she writes, "Huge thanks to all the volunteers at Revlon Run today. ESPECIALLY the Air Force in boiling hot uniforms. (And gloriously huge Navy guy.)"
Berry is expecting her first child with French fiance Olivier Martinez, a sibling for her first daughter, Nahla, by model Gabriel Aubry.
May 09, 2013 7:49pm EST
It looks like Professor X is channeling a bit of his inner Frank Serpico in Bryan Singer's lastest tweet-peek at his upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past. In a photo tweeted Thursday, young Charles Xavier, a.k.a. a young Professor X, a.k.a. James McAvoy, is seen in his suavest (and most synthetic) seventies get-up. Those are some seriously fusty follicle and fashion choices you've made there, Mr. Xavier: what's going on?
Well, what's going on seems to be entirely related to the plot of Days of Future Past. Fans of the X-Men series will note that the popular storyline from the early '80s finds our heroes dealing with (and living in) a dystopian alternative future where mutants aren't treated with as much respect. It's no wonder Singer made the Serpico reference, as Serpico was a man who some thought a hero (others, a pariah) in his work to blow the whistle on corrupt activities within the NYPD.
Needless to say, McAvoy's funky threads lead us to believe that our favorite mutants are getting retro-fitted to the times while trying to save the universe from itself. Every superhero learns to adapt in the end, but not even an ability to travel through time can save you from the polyester funk of the 1970s.
What do you think of McAvoy's snazzy look? Excited for Days of Future Past? Sound off in the comments.
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May 02, 2013 2:58pm EST
When a grimacing mutant is barreling down upon you — his pectorals bulging through his tattered wife-beater, his hair spiked up in a manner both slick and feral, and an arsenal of metallic claws springing from his pulsating knuckles — it's hard not to tremble in fear. Until, of course, you hear the slide whistle.
The comic masterminds at Filmdrunk have concocted a new version of the forthcoming X-Men chapter, The Wolverine, which arms Hugh Jackman's humorless hero with a characteristic that kind of takes the edge off, just a bit: every time he protracts his deadly claws, we hear a slide whistle. Yes, in place of the metalling slashing sound to which we're more accustomed, we have the substantially less chilling sounds of a child's birthday party. And to be honest, we're not too sure we wouldn't be on board with a full length feature of this version of Wolverine. Enjoy the video below, and catch The Wolverine in theaters on July 26.
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April 24, 2013 7:01pm EST
Gwyneth Paltrow is obviously a beautiful woman. She of the flaxen locks and glowing skin, of the pearly teeth and toned biceps, is a looker — no two ways about it. But is she really the best choice for the coveted title of People magazine's 'Most Beautiful'? Frankly, we don't think so.
Just over a week ago, Paltrow was named the Most Hated Celebrity in Hollywood in a poll conducted by Star magazine. And now she's back on top? Oh, the fickle tides of fame!
Meanwhile, in a move that reminds us all too much of the Bradley Cooper/Ryan Gosling "Sexiest Man Alive" debacle of 2011, America's Best Friend Jennifer Lawrence is relegated to the "other beautiful people" part of People's list. This, my friends, is a travesty. Homegirl deserves the spotlight. Just look at how much beauty she exudes:
From her blockbuster success as Katniss Everdeen to her Oscar win (and her post-Oscar press conference), Jennifer Lawrence has had a kickass year. And what has Gwyneth Paltrow done? GOOP. Oh yeah, and Iron Man 3, which coincidentally hits theaters May 3.
But in choosing their Most Beautiful, People has a tendency to stick to what is safe. To what is tried and true. To what was popular in 2004. Paltrow inherits the title from 2012's honoree Beyoncé, who is admittedly a fresher choice, but at the time of her crowning had just become a mom. And before Beyoncé, we had Jennifer Lopez (2011) and Julia Roberts (2010), both long affixed to the spotlight. This year, Most Beautiful staples such as Drew Barrymore (who snagged the top spot in 2007) and Halle Berry (2003) join Paltrow and Lawrence on the list.
Take a chance, People! Don't be afraid to honor the up-and-comers as well as the veterans. Where is Mila Kunis? Emma Stone? Quvenzhané Wallis? While Paltrow has never won People's top honor before, she has indeed been at the top of Hollywood's A-List for over a decade. She (and Barrymore, Berry, Jane Fonda, and Pink) have had their turn, let's allow some new bucks (or does, as the case may be) to join the clique.
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April 24, 2013 8:26am EST
Hollywood hunk Shemar Moore has broken his silence on the high-profile romances he enjoyed in the 1990s, revealing he had a "wild ride" with Toni Braxton and "fell hard" for Halle Berry. The Criminal Minds actor admits he couldn't believe his luck when the R&B singer asked him out early on in his career.
He tells BET.com, "(Braxton) was my first Hollywood relationship. I was a baby, I did not know s**t. I had just graduated from college, I had no money and I was on (U.S. soap opera) Young and the Restless. She called my agent when she was shooting a video in Miami, and it just went from there. I was like the little kid who found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was a wild ride with Toni. She would never sing for me, though. That always bothered me."
Moore also explains how he tried to keep his relationship with Berry under wraps since she had just split from her first husband, David Justice.
He adds, "(Berry) was the first woman to really knock my socks off. I fell hard for Halle. A lot of people now know we dated, but we had to keep it hush-hush at the time because she was fresh off her divorce from David Justice. I'm still grateful for that relationship. I was smitten not just because of who she was, but because we were so similar in so many ways. She was biracial, she was kind of going through the same things I was in Hollywood. Toni was a fun ride, but Halle was a necessary experience. It made me much stronger as a man, and knowing the calibre of woman I want in the future."