"I thought it was remarkable. Somehow I thought it really suited her. I've never seen her as a blonde." Paul Bettany enjoyed seeing his brunette wife Jennifer Connelly with lighter locks for her role in new movie Virginia.
America Ferrera and Virginia Madsen have also signed up to appear in the YouTube channel called Where It Gets Interesting (WIGS), which will feature A-list actresses taking the main roles in high-end scripted dramas.
Created by Black Swan producer Jon Avnet and Albert Nobbs actor Rodrigo Garcia, WIGS will broadcast new and original content every weekday.
Madsen says, "This is where entertainment is going. So get on board now or you might miss the train."
Michael C. Hall, Stephen Moyer and Alfred Molina are the male stars who will appear on WIGS.
The actress plays Central Intelligence Agency operative Carrie Mathison in the hit TV show, and told earlier this month (Apr12) how she fleshed out the character by holding talks with an actual secret agent.
Now she's opened up about their meetings in Virginia and Washington, D.C., revealing the unnamed female agent gave her hints and tips on spying techniques.
Danes tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "We had lunch in D.C. and the first thing I noticed is that she spoke at a very low volume. We were in a bar... but she spoke very quietly. It is ingrained in spies to be as inconspicuous as possible.
"She was very bright, with an adventurous spirit - you need that - but I was taken aback by her candour and her forthcomingness... We went to a bar to see a band. The CIA woman said to me: 'OK, then, who is the lead singer's girlfriend? Where is she in the crowd?' Within seconds she'd cracked it.
"I couldn't see at all. But when she explained the thought processes, it wasn't that hard: of course, she was the girl with the camera in front of the stage. It tuned me in to their level of awareness."
Officials at the New York City Department of Education developed lesson plans to teach youngsters about the tragedy last year (11), prior to the 10th anniversary of the Twin Tower attacks, while New Jersey schools have also followed suit.
But the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is stunned that the tragedy of 9/11 is not being discussed in more classrooms nationwide, and she wants new generations of kids to know all about the al-Qaeda attacks masterminded by Osama Bin Laden - just like they study the events of Pearl Harbor during World War Two.
She tells PR.com, "My biggest thing is to evoke change and to stand for something, whatever that something may be. As an example, 9/11 affected me, as it affected everybody in this country and most people around the world. It was horrific and scary, but it also elicited feelings of pride, camaraderie and patriotism. You saw a country pull together and support each other. It was one of the most beautiful things I've bared witness to, while also being a horrific event with how many people were murdered on that day.
"My political mind comes into play being that I'm confused as to why we don't have some form of a curriculum in our schools for teaching about that day. I don't think it's a day that should ever be forgotten. We certainly didn't forget about Pearl Harbor and we teach about Pearl Harbor. I don't see why 9/11 is any different, and it's something I am going to be fighting for.
"In life, you have to get passionate and stand behind something and fight for it. It takes one person to evoke change, to start a movement to make the world a better place. Education is first and foremost, which is again, why I believe that 9/11 is something that should be taught about in school."
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in America's history after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth crash landed in Pennsylvania.
The actress plays Central Intelligence Agency operative Carrie Mathison in the hit TV show and she reveals the character is based on a real woman who works for the covert agency.
Danes, who refuses to name the agent, was able to meet her at the CIA headquarters in Virginia and see what goes on behind the scenes at the highly secretive organisation.
She tells Britain's S magazine, "Obviously I can't say who it is, but I met her and she took me to CIA headquarters. She introduced me to her colleagues, including the man who was the head of the Pakistani division and had just returned to the U.S. after the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was like, 'Wow! This stuff really exists.' But they were surprisingly forthcoming."
Cheney had been on the transplant list for 20 months following a mild heart attack - his fifth - in February 2010 and subsequent chest pains and discomfort four months later (Jun10).
An anonymous donor was found for Cheney and he underwent the procedure at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
A statement from Cheney's office reads, "Although the former Vice President and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will forever be grateful for this lifesaving gift."
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Twilight star Michael Sheen has replaced fellow Brit Paul Bettany as 1960s sex expert William Masters in a racy new U.S. cable series. The Welsh star will lead the cast of Masters of Sex for Showtime opposite Lizzy Kaplan, who will play Masters' partner Virginia Johnson. Shakespeare in Love's John Madden is slated to direct.
The Kentucky residents, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy, were partying at a West Virginia nightclub on 23 January (10) when they were allegedly sexually abused and battered by Dick.
The pair has since taken legal action against the Road Trip star for emotional distress, outrageous conduct, and assault and invasion of privacy and they're now seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
But Dick's attorney, Marc Williams, has dismissed the allegations, telling local publication Herald-Dispatch of Huntington the case is "only about getting money from a celebrity".
Both men are currently involved in a pending criminal case against the star - Dick will face two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse charges in May (12) after formerly pleading not guilty to grabbing a bouncer's crotch and groping a patron at a comedy club.
It's the comedian's latest brush with the law - a Hollywood tourist recently filed a battery report with cops, accusing Dick of lashing out at him when he tried to take his photo.
The ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to America and sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Divers at salvaging company RMS Titanic Inc. have recovered thousands of items from the wreckage over the years and now the firm's bosses will be entitled to a large windfall after a Virginia judge ruled they own the rights to their sunken treasure.
As per a court order, the trove must be kept together and made available to "present and future generations" for public display and scientific and scholarly research, but the collection will include more than 5,000 pieces of fine china and still-fragrant perfume bottles, worth an estimated total of $189 million (£118 million).
Historians, romantics and fans will be able to bid for the relics at New York's Guernsey's auction house on 1 April (12) as part of a sale to mark the Titanic tragedy's 100-year anniversary.