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Martin Freeman is adamant his fellow Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen is wrong to accuse the makers of The Hobbit trilogy of letting special effects ruin the story.
Mortensen, who played Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings franchise, revealed in an interview in May (14) that he dislikes The Hobbit prequel films because the computer-generated imagery (CGI) is not subtle and overpowers the rest of the movie.
Freeman, who starred as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series, has now spoken out to defend the films and director Peter Jackson, telling Britain's Seven magazine, "All I can say is: I hope that's not the case. I know Peter and the team who make those films, they'd be horrified to think they'd jettisoned all subtlety."
"Yeah, there's a lot of CGI, an awful lot of that business going on. But they are still very, very interested in the story. They want the human side of it to be absolutely pivotal. Beyond that?...Of course it's a question of taste and I respect Viggo's opinion."
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Producers behind Transformers: Age Of Extinction are facing a new dispute from a Chinese tourism group over product placement.
The latest instalment in Michael Bay's action movie franchise, which stars Mark Wahlberg, includes scenes shot at the picturesque Wulong Scenic Area in southwest China, but bosses at the Wulong Karst Tourism Group are upset the area's logo is not shown in the blockbuster, leading to confusion about where filming had taken place.
Li Chu, a marketing manager for the area, tells China Daily the group is currently in discussions with executives at Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based firm 1905 Internet Technology about the complaint.
He tells the newspaper, "If we fail to compromise on a proposal that could remedy our loss we will resort to legal procedures."
The movie broke box office records in Hong Kong when it opened in June (14) by becoming the first film to earn $1 million (£714,286) in 24 hours, and it has topped the box office in North America for two consecutive weeks.
New mum Ciara has given fans a sneak peek at what she may look like on her wedding day by posing in various designer gowns for America's Brides magazine.
The Goodies hitmaker, who is engaged to wed rapper Future, features on the cover of the new August/September (14) issue wearing an embroidered Chantilly lace Reem Acra gown with sheer sleeves, while she also plays dress up in other shots by trying on designs from coveted fashion gurus Tara LaTour and Mark Zunzino.
In the accompanying article, the singer admits her nuptials will be "indoors and black tie", although she has yet to reveal which designer she has chosen for her big day. However, she has clear ideas for the colour palette, insisting, "I'm not into loud colours. I like black and white, classic and clean."
She has also shared details about her bridal party, revealing her close friend, TV personality LaLa Anthony, will be a matron of honour and adding, "There will be five or six (bridesmaids) and two matrons of honour. They'll all wear the same colour, but in different styles to suit their personalities. I want my ladies to look amazing!"
And Ciara wants to make sure guests will dance the night away by recruiting some of her famous pals to perform. She adds, "A few of our friends will sing. We'll have a great DJ - good old soul mixed with new stuff. You want people to say, 'This is my jam!'"
Ciara and Future, who welcomed baby Future Zahir in May (14), became engaged in October (13) and are expected to tie the knot in the coming months.
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A host of stars including Lena Dunham, Mel Brooks and Sandra Bernhard have spoken out to pay their respects to director Paul Mazursky following his death on Monday (30Jun14).
The five-times Oscar nominated director passed away after suffering a pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Following his death, famous fans and friends took to Twitter.com to share their respect for the Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice filmmaker.
Girls creator Dunham heaped praise on Mazursky for his attitude to women in his films, writing, "Paul Mazursky created the most complex female characters and the most human cinematic moments. He will be missed, he will be emulated."
Blazing Saddles director Brooks shared his fond memories of his peer, adding, "Paul Mazursky- one of the most talented writer/dir.'s to ever make movies- died today. He was our American (Italian director Federico) Fellini. I will miss him dearly."
Comic Bernhard wrote, "The great director #paulmazursky sent me this note "your smart beautiful & talented, what more can a girl ask for. a role in a #paulmazursky film? we'll miss him."
Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter James Gunn mused, "RIP Paul Mazursky. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is one of my top 10 favorite films. An amazing underrated talent."
It wasn't just Hollywood insiders who mourned Mazursky's passing - record producer Quincy Jones, who penned the score to Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, tweeted, "Rest In Peace to a great director and writer, my friend and collaborator Paul Mazursky. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Love."
Mark Ronson wrote, "Paul Mazursky & I once had a nice exchange right here on Twitter. He also directed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, one of my favourite films ever."
Mazursky's other films include An Unmarried Woman, Blume in Love, and Harry and Tonto.
Soccer-mad Shakira will perform her sports anthem La La La (Brazil 2014) during the closing ceremonies of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
The pop superstar, who is dating Spanish soccer stud Gerard Pique, is hoping her native Colombia will be in the final after they beat Uruguay to progress to the tournament's quarter-final stage.
She has been flying the flag for the World Cup since the competition began last month (Jun14), asking soccer fans to show their support for the event by taking a "flag-based selfie" and then sharing them online using the tag #daretodream.
In a post on her Instagram.com page just before the kick off, she wrote, "Are you daring to dream about your country's World Cup success? Send us a flag-based selfie using #daretodream plus the country code!" Shakira has been re-posting the fan pictures on her social media accounts.
Now her loyalty to soccer's big showdown has paid off - the Barranquilla-born beauty has been invited to perform in the Maracana stadium after the new champions are crowned, according to Colombia’s El Espectador.
The performance will mark a hat-trick for Shakira, who previously performed in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup closing ceremonies. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull opened the World Cup by performing the official FIFA World Cup anthem, We Are One (Ole Ola).
Actress Eva Amurri Martino discovered she was pregnant after her expectant TV co-star Bianca Kajlich predicted she was already with child and encouraged her to take a test. The pair was filming new U.S. comedy Undateable earlier this year (14) when Kajlich used her "sixth sense" to alert Susan Sarandon's daughter to her suspicions.
Amurri Martino explains, "It was funny. We were doing the show Undateable and Bianca... was pregnant in real life at the time and she said, 'You know, I think that you're pregnant.' I said, 'My husband and I, we're trying to get pregnant', and she said, 'I don't think so... I really have this sixth sense pregnancy thing going on.'"
"So the next morning, really early before work, I took a test and I wasn't expecting it to be positive and I was just brushing my teeth and I looked over and screamed because it said 'pregnant'. I turned on the light and woke my husband up, and I was like, 'Look at this!'. He was like, 'This is not a funny joke'. I was like, 'No, it's really real!'"
Amurri Martino also couldn't wait to share the news with Kajlich when she returned to work: "She was the first person I told at work when we weren't telling anyone (before the 12 week mark) and I got to ask her every question and it was really fun. It was nice having a little pregnancy buddy."
Kajlich gave birth to baby Magnolia in April (14) with her second husband, Mike Catherwood. Amurri Martino's tot will be her first with husband Kyle Martino. The couple wed in 2011.
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Transformers: Age Of Extinction has destroyed the competition at the North American box office with a massive $100 million (£62.5 million) opening weekend haul.
The fourth installment of the action franchise, directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, has become the biggest movie debut of the year (14) so far, toppling Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million (£59.38 million) opening.
It also struck box office gold around the globe, raking in an additional $201.3 million (£125.8 million) outside of North America, with $90 million (£56.25 million) from China alone, were part of the the film was shot, setting a new record there as the top weekend opening in the nation's box office history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, back in North America, 22 Jump Street is in a distant second place with $15.4 million (£9.63 million), while How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounds out the top three with $13.1 million (£8.19 million).
Between their grown-up adaptations of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind and their upcoming biopic slate, which includes films about Whitney Houston and Aaliyah, Lifetime is re-establishing itself as the go-to channel for tactless entertainment. Sure, it’s not high art, but it is fun to watch with a few drinks and a carton of ice cream, and what else do you really need after a long week? Still, one of their upcoming films has the potential to take that absurdity and turn it into must-see TV: The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
Based on multiple independently-conducted interviews – and not, thankfully, Dustin Diamond’s 2009 memoir – the film will chronicle all of Bayside’s dirtiest secrets, and promises to change the way you look at the classic teen comedy, if you’re one of the few who made it through Diamond’s press tour without being traumatized. Thus far, all that’s been revealed is the cast, who you can check out on BuzzFeed, but the network is keeping the lid on what kind of shocking secrets will make it into the film. Going by the rumors, speculation and secondhand gossip that have circulated over the years, though, we’d say the film has plenty of shocking revelations up its sleeve; the Saved by the Bell story has it all.
Sex If you believe even a fraction of what Diamond wrote in his memoir, everyone was hooking up with one another behind the scenes at Bayside. And we do mean everybody: all three girls are rumored to have slept with Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffany-Amber Theissen slept with a few of the show’s memorable guest stars, and Diamond was apparently picking up girls left and right at Disneyland. What else would you expect to happen with a bunch of teenagers stuck together for hours on end?
Drugs Despite the gang’s memorable refusal of drug use on the show, Diamond maintains that everyone was actually getting high off-camera. Apparently, Theissen's dressing room was the place to hang out if you were interested in lighting up. The actor formerly known as Screech also alleged that Gosselaar was using steroids during his time on the show, which the latter had since denied. Whether it’s true or not, you can bet it’ll show up in the movie.
Scandal Between the rumors of NBC paying hush money to a girl who accused Lopez of sexually assaulting her, Diamond’s revelation that he had a relationship with Linda Mancuso, the network’s Head of Children’s Programming, and the speculation that executives and producers were abusing their power over the stars of the show, there are more potential twists and turns in this story than all of V.C. Andrews’ novels put together.
Falls From Grace After spending five years as straight-laced Jessie Spano, Elizabeth Berkley decided to branch out with a role in the NC-17 cult classic Showgirls, a move that sent her career into a tailspin for years afterwards, even if it did give the world a new way to pronounce “Versace.” Thanks to his father’s mishandling of his Saved by the Bell earnings, Diamond went broke as an adult. Although, if he hadn’t needed the money, he might never have written his wonderfully terrible memoir, and there would so much less juicy Saved by the Bell gossip in the world…
In-Fighting With this many teenagers in one place, there must have been plenty of drama. Though there haven’t been too many fights or feuds at Bayside, Diamond does maintain that he was picked on and left out of things by the rest of the cast. Maybe they were just trying to help him get into character?
Sweet '80s Fashions Saved by the Bell was on during the finest period in American fashion: the late '80s and early '90s. Since everything is more ridiculous in hindsight, expect plenty of acid-washed denim, teased hair, garish print and color combinations, crop tops and bows – and that was just Kelly’s wardrobe. We don’t even know how they’re going to tackle every ridiculous thing that Slater wore.
The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story premieres on September 1 at 9pm on Lifetime. We're so excited, we're so scared!
Thelma & Louise co-stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have reunited to replicate the 'selfie' taken in the Oscar-winning film more than 20 years ago.
In the 1991 drama, Davis and Sarandon, as Thelma and Louise respectively, take a picture of themselves with a camera to mark the beginning of their ill-fated road trip. The co-stars have recreated the shot 23 years later, and Sarandon posted it on Twitter.com on Thursday (19Jun14) alongside the original picture.
She writes, "Inventors of the #selfie at it again. #ThelmaAndLouise". Both stars landed Oscar nods for the film, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and also launched the career of Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.
Actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez are set to have their lives played out on the small screen in a new made-for-TV movie about their popular teen sitcom Saved By The Bell.
A film titled The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story is set to premiere on America's Lifetime network on 1 September (14), chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama at the programme, which ended its four-season run in 1993.
According to Variety.com, the film is based on interviews with the cast and crew members, and will also include events depicted in actor Dustin Diamond's 2009 memoir, Behind the Bell, which details offscreen relationships and cast members' personal problems.
The original casting director for Saved by the Bell, Robin Lippin, was tapped to find modern-day equivalents for the main group of actors. The film's cast includes Degrassi: The Next Generation's Dylan Everett as Gosselaar, Shameless actor Sam Kindseth as Diamond, and Supernatural star Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley.