Angelina Jolie's ex-girlfriend, model Jenny Shimizu, has tied the knot just days after the actress married longtime love Brad Pitt. The Tomb Raider star and Pitt exchanged vows during a private, intimate ceremony at their estate in Correns, France on 23 August (14), and the following week (ends31Aug14), Shimizu wed socialite Michelle Harper in New York City.
The former Calvin Klein model met brand consultant Harper in 2012, and photos of Harper in a voluminous wedding gown and walking in the streets of the Big Apple were released Wednesday (03Sep14).
Jolie and Shimizu first met on the set of their 1996 film Foxfire, and the actress famously stated in an interview with Girlfriends magazine in 1997 that she "probably have married Jenny Shimizu if I hadn't married my husband" of the time, British actor Jonny Lee Miller.
Jolie added, "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her."
Jolie and Miller wed in 1996, but separated the following year and finalised their divorce in 1999.
Shutting off news reports of the Iran-Contra affair, turning down the abrasive rock stylings of the Beastie Boys, and peering through the perpetual mist of airborne cocaine particles that was inherent to 1987 California, film and television director Jeff Franklin dreamed of a simpler time. A time riddled with milkmen and paperboys, a time wherein three grown imbeciles could band together to raise a triad of blonde, plucky sisters together without incurring questioning unto their judgmental capabilities. Even in a time as cynical as the late '80s and early '90s, Franklin's creation Full House managed to thrive on the simple, wholesome, drama-free bounties of pleasant West Coast tomfoolery. Back then, the Tanners and co. didn't need postmodern satire, sociopolitical undertones, sudden character deaths, love triangles, or overarching themes of any kind — they relied (and thrived) simply on being pleasant. But today would be a different story.
With John Stamos pushing to revive the highly successful ABC sitcom (via TV Guide) — in the wake of the Disney Channel's creation of Girl Meets World, no less — we are looking at the considerable, albeit presently quite tentative, possibility that such an entity might in time come to be. But we can't help but wonder how a show about three ceaselessly well-meaning kooks and their frighteningly saccharine communal daughters would fare amid today's TV slate: a community of shows where crooked and criminal, if not entirely amoral, heroes and heroine are the norm rather than the exception.
Cynicism is the life blood of today's TV. Even in our comedic fare — think of Community, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, and even The Big Bang Theory — do we see the proclivity to mock and deconstruct, to tear apart the very fabric of shows like Full House (happy family bouncing from one typical sitcom plotline to the next week after week). Our characters aren't looking to reclaim the era of milkmen and paperboys the way Danny Tanner was, they're looking to shoot down the blind-eyed peurility upheld by this allegedly superior past. So far gone into the muck of irony is today's television viewer that Full House couldn't seem earnest no matter how hard it tried... or, better yet, how naturally earnestness came to it.
But even if we can accept the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone/Gibbler tribe as impeccably genuine, what would be our motivation to watch week after week? Full House, so appropriately named after an immobile edifice, was a show that celebrated its static nature. Every time you set foot into that San Francisco dwelling, you were treated to the same consequence-free merriment that you caught episodes and seasons prior. Yes, this was a treat, not a relegation. But today, we yearn for that through-line momentum. We watch, if for no other reason, to find out what happens next in the chaotic and kinetic, oftentimes toxic, forward narratives of Walter White, Carrie Mathison, and Tyrion Lannister. Hell, one of the most popular shows on today is called Scandal. If that's not telling, then I don't know what is.
Without even a central romance into which to sink our teeth — could we really see Danny, Joey, or any of the girls upholding one half of a riveting will-they-won't-they? — we're hardly draw to "find out what happens on the next exciting episode of Full House," at least not with the same verve to which modern TV has fueled our communal addiction.
Lacking that intertwining drama, today's Full House could seem devoid of life force. Without the scathing bite of sarcasm, it could come off lazy and unclever. And with such an adherence to the traditional format — that which today's comedy routinely turns inside out for sport — it could render not nostalgic but wholly outdated. When Full House came to be in 1987, it was then a throwback, a revival of a simpler time. So what would it be now? A throwback to a throwback? A revival of a revival? A tribute to a time simpler than a time that was simpler? See, just trying to identify it feels like a lost cause.
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Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez has offered pal Jessica Alba a job for life, insisting he wants her to appear in every franchise film he makes. After initially turning her down for a role when she was 17, the director has cast Alba in a string of big films, including Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, as well as his Machete and Sin City movies.
Now he admits he wants her in every single one of his films, telling WENN, "I met her when she auditioned for me at 17. She was too young for this role for this movie I was doing but I kept my eye on her because she was of the few Latin actresses I saw trying to break through. I encouraged her and said, 'Keep going, keep going'.
"We saw each other over the years and we said we'd have to work together. When it came time for Sin City I met with her and there she was. It was hard to find the Nancy (character) in the book because it was a very difficult character to figure out. But I knew I liked Jessica and I wanted to work with her so I went, 'You know you're just gonna have to create a Nancy'. She created something that even inspired (Sin City creator) Frank (Miller) to write this next story for her... She created almost something new with him.
"I'm always trying to work with Jessica; she's awesome. She's in my Machete movies, she's in my Spy Kids movies. I'm trying to put her into every franchise I have!"
The camera assistant who lost her life when she was hit by a train while shooting Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in February (14) was among the people remembered during the In Memoriam montage during Saturday's (16Aug14) Creative Arts Emmys. Sarah Jones, 27, was working on a train track in Georgia when she failed to escape the path of the oncoming locomotive.
Her death has sparked a Hollywood movement for safer sets.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, while the biopic itself has been on hold ever since the tragedy.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours, while Sherlock: His Last Vow, True Detective, documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Game of Thrones claimed four awards apiece.
The highlight of the night for many was Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba's emotional Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy acceptance speech.
The star, who plays jailbird Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix show said, "I feel so full, that's why the tears come out. I'm stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished."
Prior to her first Emmy win, Aduba told reporters, "All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job, I was leaving this business, I had quit and now I'm at the Emmys, and I'm nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my castmates are nominated."
She received her honour from Morgan Freeman and told the media backstage, "It's like you're walking and you're aware that you're walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you're fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You're like, 'Maybe I'm embarrassing myself, maybe they called somebody else's name and I don't know what's happening'"
There were also awards for Allison Janney (Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in Masters of Sex), and Scandal star Joe Morton (Guest Actor in a Drama).
The ceremony - the precursor to the primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held later this month (Aug14) - was staged at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Pop star Ariana Grande has sparked rumours of a new romance with frequent collaborator Big Sean following her split from singer Jai Brooks.
The Way hitmaker, 21, became friends with the rapper last year (13) after working together on her single Right There, while they recently teamed up again on her new summer smash Problem and her next release, Best Mistake.
Reports suggest they have since grown so close, they have started dating. The pair was snapped leaving a Los Angeles movie theatre together earlier this month (Aug14) after catching a screening of action thriller The Purge: Anarchy, and eyewitnesses tell Eonline.com the stars shared a kiss during the film.
Grande reportedly ended her on/off relationship with Brooks in late July (14), not long after reconciling.
Big Sean, 26, has been single since calling off his engagement to Glee actress Naya Rivera in April (14). Rivera has since rebounded with actor Ryan Dorsey, with the pair tying the knot in Mexico in July (14).
Supermodel Kate Upton was reprimanded by her baseball star beau Justin Verlander for trying to cheer him up before a big game.
The 22-year-old Sports Illustrated model thought that she'd be a tonic for her glum boyfriend, who is the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, and so she started telling him jokes. She says, "He didn't tell me before, so he'd seem like he was in a bad mood before he pitched, so I'd be like, 'Joke, joke, joke, joke, joke,' trying to cheer him up. And then he got mad at me. He was like, 'Stop making me laugh! I'm trying to be angry'."
Upton admits the romance has led to problems at her beloved Yankees Stadium - and she has been told she cannot wear Tigers caps or gear there.
She explains, "I'm sleeping with the enemy... and the Yankees told me, 'You're not allowed to wear a Tigers hat. You're not allowed to wear any Tigers gear'. It's like a bad break-up."
Upton wore all white when she attended Verlander's Tigers game at Yankees Stadium last week (04Aug14).
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The summer movie season is changing. What used to be a predictable tide of releases, with wanes and surges at certain spots on the calendar, has become a far less predictable swell of films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened in April, way ahead of the usual start of the season, and while big blockbusters are beginning to creep further back into the spring, they are also creeping ahead, later and later into the summer as well. While the month of August usually sees the big summer releases starting to wind down, this August features one of, if not the biggest film releases of the year. Marvel’s space epic Guardians of the Galaxy is hitting theaters August 1, and will be the first Marvel studios film to be released in the late summer month. So what's happening here? Is the summer movie season just expanding out from its traditional boundaries? There's certainly a case to be made for that conclusion. August 2014 may be the biggest August for blockbuster movies ever: along with Guardians of the Galaxy, the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Expendables 3 are all being released this August. Compare this to August 2013, where the two biggest releases were Kick-Ass 2 and We're the Millers, two R-rated movies that don't nearly have the same mass appeal as something like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Guardians of the Galaxy. It's possible that we've reached a point of saturation for these films, where it doesn't make sense to cram your hundred million dollar production into June or July where it can be easily cannibalized by other hundred million dollar films. Last year, big productions like After Earth, White House Down, R.I.P.D, and The Lone Ranger all struggled to recoup their budgets while competing in May, June, and July. Why not spread out into months with less traffic? 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes premiered in August of that year, and did surprisingly well in a month not known for launching blockbuster franchises. But the surprise success of of that film brings up an even bigger question: Does the summer movie season even matter anymore?
In the past few years, several films have proved that there is a lot of money to be made at the box-office outside of summer. Just this year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to a $96 million dollars at the beginning of April, a solid month before Memorial Day weekend. Elsewhere, the Hunger Games franchise has proved that it's possible to make summer blockbuster money in November, with the second installment in the series grossing $158 million on its opening weekend. That film went on to become the tenth highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. It's becoming increasingly apparent that the time of the year a film releases isn't nearly as important as the film itself, and that people will chase down tentpole movies regardless of their spot on the calendar. Would the Hunger Games: Catching Fire have done any better had it been released in May 2013 alongside Iron Man 3? It's much more likely that both films would have done worse.
Despite the long-standing tradition, it's becoming increasingly clear that crowding most of the year's spectacle-laden blockbusters into a small handful of summer weekends doesn't make sense anymore. There are just two many movies clogging up the summer while other parts of the year lay untouched. Studios think blockbusters have to come out during the summer because that's how it has always been, but audiences are proving that they'll line up at any time of the year to watch Captain America save the day.
It's safe to say that Marvel's sale to Disney hasn't changed the comic book company's game plan with regards to its superhero movies. Tony Stark, thankfully, isn't taking surprise trips to Disneyland in the Iron Man sequels. In fact, those not clued into the industry might not have even noticed that the House of Mouse on the House of Ideas had even merged at all. Now enter Disney's Big Hero 6, which seems to be the first real glimpse of cinematic collaboration between the two media giants. Take one of Marvel's lesser-known D-list superhero teams, sprinkle some CG Disney magic on top, and here we have a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
The story follows Hiro Hamada, a young robotics genius who must team up with his gaggle of nerdy friends to save the Franken-titled city of San Fransokyo. By Hiro's side is Baymax, a peaceful nurse robot juiced up with armor and other crime fighting upgrades. The trailer is cute and charming in that Disney way, but there's also glimpses of the standard high-flying Marvel superheroics.
There are plenty of great physical gags stemming from the fact that Baymax is really just a giant white blubbery balloon... thing. Since Marvel's Avengers universe seems to be getting darker and less kid-friendly by the minute (The Winter Soldier literally threw that one guy in front of a freakin' truck in the last Captain America), Big Hero 6 might be a nice stopgap for young kids looking to release some adrenaline, but not looking for daily nightmares of Sebastian Stan.
Big Hero 6, Disney and Marvel's upcoming CG-animated superhero smash-up, might not be the place you'd expect to find deep belly laughs, but the voice cast runs deep with some fantastically funny actors from some of our favorite TV and movie comedies. Here's a rundown of the cast and where you might know them from.
Ryan PotterRole: Hiro Hamada, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian genius who creates Baymax, his own robot superhero.Potter is currently Nickelodeon's resident dreamboat and has starred on the channel's series Supah Ninjas and Fred: The Show. Big Hero 6 will be the actor's first feature film.
Scott AdsitRole: Baymax, A peaceful nurse robot turned action hero.Adsit is most well-known for his role as the perpetually exasperated producer Pete Hornberger on 30 Rock. He has also had roles in the films The Informant!, We're the Millers, and Accepted. His television roles include roles in Moral Orel and guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Monk, and Malcom in the Middle.
T.J. MillerRole: Fred, a nerdy guy who creates his own robotic Kaiju monster to fight evil.Miller currently has a stand out role as Erlich in HBO's tech comedy Silicon Valley, which just wrapped up it's freshman season and garnered a couple Emmy nods. The actor has also appeared in films like Our Idiot Brother, She's Out of My League, Rock of Ages, Extract, the How to Train Your Dragon movies and the recent Michael Bay blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Jamie ChungRole: Go Go Tomago, a tough as nails crime fighter who flies around in an advanced supersuit.After appearing on a season of MTV's long-running reality series, The Real World, Chung embarked on a successful acting career, appearing in the films, Sucker Punch, Grown Ups, Premium Rush, The Man with the Iron Fists, and the two Hangover sequels. This year, she is staring in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Genesis RodriguezRole: Honey Lemon, a sweet and sensitive character who's new to the superhero game, but holds the team together.Rodriguez is a veteran of both Spanish-language and American soap operas, having appeared in several telenovelas and the American daytime series, Days of our Lives. As for feature films, she has appeared in the comedies Casa de Mi Padre, What to Expect when You're Expecting, and Identity Thief.
Damon Wayans Jr.Role: Wasabi, a super smart but overly cautious hero equipped with plasma bladesWayans is currently starring on the comedy New Girl and has also appeared on the swiftly cancelled but brilliant series Happy Endings. Later this summer, Wayans will team up with New Girl cast mate Jake Johnson for the action-comedy Let's Be Cops.
Ashton Kutcher entertained guests with a Bollywood dance routine at a friend's Indian wedding on Saturday (05Jul14).
Kutcher and fiancee Mila Kunis, who are currently preparing for their own wedding, donned customary Indian outfits for the big day at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Savelletri di Fasano, Italy.
Kutcher, who wore an aqua blue 'kurta' and a red turban, also helped to entertain the event's attendees by taking part in a Bollywood-style dance routine with an unidentified female guest.
The That '70s Show co-stars became engaged in February (14) and announced they are expecting their first child together in May (14).