Hollywood hardman Bruce Willis stunned TV audiences on Tuesday (30Jul13) when he took part in an interview while wearing a dressing gown. The Die Hard star clearly wanted to stay comfortable as he donned the unusual garb for a pre-recorded interview, which aired on British morning show Daybreak, but kept his shirt and trousers on beneath the towelling robe.
Host Kate Garraway managed to keep her composure throughout their chat, but her colleagues in the studio joked about Willis' odd outfit choice after the segment had aired.
Presenter John Stapleton said, "What was with the dressing gown?" while his co-presenter Helen Fospero added, "I don't know... He looked dressed underneath. He's quite eccentric though I think."
It is not the first time Willis' weird antics on the show have left his interviewer Garraway looking uncomfortable - in February (13), he spat water over the floor during their chat to show how he keeps his baby daughter Mable entertained.
Willis was previously slammed for his lacklustre appearance on BBC programme The One Show in February (13) when he responded to interview questions with disinterest while promoting his movie A Good Day To Die Hard. He later apologised, blaming jetlag for his listless behaviour.
The action star, reprising his role as tough detective John McClane, sobs over Stewart's break-up from Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson in the clip, which aired during Willis' appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (30Aug12).
The hardman breaks down in tears as he tries to deliver his catchphrase, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf**ker!" in the mock trailer for fake sequel Twi-Hard: With A Vengeance.
He wails, "I'm a little distracted lately, I lost some friends... Kristen and Rob, Bella and Edward - they broke up! They were supposed to be together forever, goddamnit!"
Introducing the sketch, Willis joked to host Letterman, "It's a pretty emotional scene, but very tough. There's a lot of action going on."
Stewart shocked fans in July (12) when she confessed to an "indiscretion" with filmmaker Rupert Sanders and publicly apologised to Pattinson.
The Hollywood veteran, 66, took a volley of blows in the boxing ring for his Rocky franchise, endured tough workout regimens to stay in shape as crack special forces soldier John Rambo, and was battered by explosions in The Expendables.
But his realistic roles are catching up with him and his fellow action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, as they are now forced to make frequent trips to doctors to get various body parts "fixed".
Stallone tells Total Film magazine, "It comes at a price. Arnie must have lifted a million pounds of weights in his life but it comes at a price. There's only so far you can push the machine, then it's a case of taking it to the mechanic to get this part fixed, or that part fixed. These days that happens more and more! But I still love the challenge. I get there (on set) and I go, 'Let me jump off, let me go into the water...'"
The actor is also adamant he'll continue to shun modern hi-tech filming methods to achieve realism in his action scenes, adding, "I don't know how those guys do that green-screen work - I've done a bit and it drives me crazy. I like the heat of an explosion in my face, a hunk of tin flying past my head 30ft from where it should've gone! It's hard to get the emotion without it."
The hardman, nicknamed Sly, started off as a penniless actor, but shot to fame in the 1970s playing rags-to-riches boxer Rocky Balboa.
Stallone went on to become one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, filming six Rocky movies and four in his other famous franchise featuring violent Vietnam veteran John Rambo.
And despite now hitting retirement age, Stallone has no plans to slow down - he's already lined up to resurrect his character in action series The Expendables next year (12), alongside movie hardmen Jason Statham and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
To celebrate Stallone's milestone age, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the action hero. Happy birthday, Sly!
- Stallone's first starring role was in The Party at Kitty and Stud's - a softcore porn film. He was paid $200 (£125) for two days work.
- In 1991, he teamed up with fellow movie tough-guys Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to launch a Planet Hollywood restaurant.
- He was nominated for two Academy Awards - for Best Actor and Best Writing - for Rocky, but despite his extensive career, he's never received another Oscars nod.
- Stallone's famous slurred speech is a result of paralysis in his face caused by birth complications.
- When he was close to graduating at the University of Miami, Stallone dropped out to pursue his acting career.
- He is a big fan of luxury Montegrappa fountain pens - and signed up as a consultant for the company last year (10).
- Stallone has been married three times and has five children.
- The actor rewarded his loyal dog with a role in the Rocky films - the bull mastiff used in the boxer's training scenes was the star's own pet.
- He enjoys oil painting and loves the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.
- Stallone has sustained a number of injuries from his roles over the years - he once famously spent four days in intensive care after Dolph Lundgren punched him for a scene in Rocky IV and broke his neck during filming of 2010's The Expendables.
The Hollywood hardman reprised his role as tough cop John McClane in 2007 for the fourth installment in the series, and he recently confirmed work will soon start on a fifth movie.
Willis has now revealed he won't walk away from the action films, as studio bosses want to make at least two more and he is worried they will carry on without him if he pulls out.
He tells Showbiz Spy, "In the next few years they could easily find a replacement for me or call the character someone else. But for me, I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie - Die Hard 6 - before finally hanging that white vest up for good.
"At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen. But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That's when I'll step away from the Die Hard films."
The Weeds actress was determined to play a joke on the actor, so she enlisted the help of fellow Red star John Malkovich to set up the perfect prank on the Louisiana set.
Parker smuggled a live alligator into Willis' mobile dressing room and left the creature in a cooler, before hiding in the shower while Malkovich lured Willis into the trailer.
The actress admits Willis wasn't particularly scared when he found the reptile, which looked more like a "bloated lizard" than a fearsome swamp beast, but the hardman was impressed by her attempt at a practical joke.
Parker tells the New York Daily News, "He was actually kind of touched that I went through the trouble."
A big hit at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Hamlet 2 often careens out of control but when it connects the theatre fills with laughter. This is a story of a very frustrated high school drama teacher Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) who decides to stage his own play--a musical sequel to Hamlet featuring original songs he has composed (titles like “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” and “Gay As the Day Is Long”). Yes he’s aware everyone died at the end of Shakespeare’s immortal classic but the failed actor-turned-teacher has found a way to bring them back to life by using a time machine(!) In any event he’s desperate to save the Tucson school’s arts program which is being cut and he thinks this is the answer. Certainly it’s better he figures than his usual productions which have the students re-enacting live stage versions of popular movies such as Erin Brockovich that are regularly panned by the ninth-grade drama critic. Of course the non-PC nature of the show causes lots of outrage from school officials and community leaders but with the help of ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein (Amy Poehler) Dana remains steadfast in his determination to go on with the show. Coogan is brilliantly loony and wildly funny in a hit-for-the-fences interpretation of the character. He’s definitely taking chances turning off the audience with his off-the-wall approach to playing this desperate loser who has to resort to teaching bored kids. It’s Coogan’s energy and fresh approach that make the movie work better than it has any right to. Poehler who also scored recently in Baby Mama is hilarious as the take-no-prisoners lawyer who comes to Dana’s defense. Catherine Keener is droll perfection as his bored wife who is having an affair with their boarder Gary underplayed nicely by David Arquette. In the good sport category Elisabeth Shue turns up as…Elisabeth Shue now a local nurse after her movie career supposedly hit the skids. She’s actually very funny spoofing herself and the whole aura of the successful Hollywood star. The students are all first rate including Dana’s star pupils Rand Posin and Epiphany Sellers played amusingly by Broadway’s Spring Awakening cast members Skylar Astin and Phoebe Strole respectively. And special mention to The Ralph Sall Experience for their hilarious musical parodies. Director Andrew Fleming lets the gags fly with abandon and gets much of the broad bits to actually work. He and screenwriter Pam Brady forge a close collaboration that results in a pretty good hit-to-miss ratio on the laugh meter; anyone expecting subtlety has wandered into the wrong theatre. Working with a wonderful group of actors with plenty of improvisational experience certainly has helped here and Fleming’s film has the look and feel of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience. The actual staging of Hamlet 2 is rather inspired with the multitude of wacky musical numbers cleverly presented. The Southwestern high school that Coogan’s character is stuck in is spot-on although Tucson residents probably won’t appreciate the numerous jokes made at the expense of their town.
Based on Ian McEwan’s equally stirring novel we begin the story in 1935 on the cusp of WWII. Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) a 13-year-old fledgling writer lives with her wealthy family in their enormous English country mansion and on one hot summer day she irrevocably changes the course of three lives including her own. It seems the housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) carries a torch for Briony’s older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). And on this warm day it becomes clear she feels the same way; their love ignites. Little Briony who harbors her own secret crush on Robbie witnesses the beginnings of this love affair and not understanding its meaning feels compelled to interfere going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. He is arrested and whisked away eventually forced into the British army but thankfully the two lovers have a moment before he goes to war to reconnect. Cecilia promises to wait for him urging him to “come back” to her once the madness he is about to become immersed in is over. Meanwhile Briony (played in adult years by Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave) has grown up regretting every single moment of that fateful day and in desperately trying to seek forgiveness finally finds a path to understanding the power of enduring love. The performances in Atonement are nothing less than captivating beginning with the young Irish rose Saoirse Ronan (who is also set to play the lead in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones). Since it is primarily Briony’s story Ronan must make the first most indelible impression and set the tone for the rest of the movie--and she succeeds on every level. From the moment you see Ronan’s pale face clear-blue eyes and steadfast gait you immediately recognize Briony’s need and determination to make everything in her life just so. Indeed Briony is a strongly focused child and Ronan so embodies the character an Oscar nomination is almost a certainty. As the 18-year-old Briony Garai (Dirty Dancing 2) does the best she can following such a tough act as Ronan but can never quite match the same intensity. On the other hand Redgrave who comes in at the very end as the much older Briony nails it right away adding her own nuances to a character who has lived a full life. Of course Knightley and McAvoy are no slouches either vividly capturing the passion bubbling up between Cecilia and Robbie then turning around and showing the heartache as their love is ripped apart. McAvoy is particularly effecting as his Robbie must also witness some truly horrific wartime scenes. Actually Oscar nods should come fast and furious for everyone in Atonement. With Pride & Prejudice and now Atonement director Joe Wright may have just established himself as the new James Ivory (of Merchant/Ivory fame). Wright is a real visionary for the romantic period piece expertly delivering truly spectacular vistas. From set design to costumes to cinematography the look of Atonement is at once verdant welcoming and then startlingly grim. The first half of Atonement at the Tallis’ country home is certainly the film’s most defining peppered by an effective musical score which uses the sound of a typewriter like a metronome. Through a soft lens Wright displays the general idleness of summer day at a country home like a sunny floral motif that belies an undercurrent of sweating bodies wilting flowers stagnant pools--and an imminent tragic event. Then once Wright moves with Robbie into WWII he actually paints an even more grim view of war then maybe seen before. The one continuous shot of the historical Dunkirk--a French beach on which thousands of British soldiers were forced by the Germans and then waited to be evacuated--is absolutely stunning and surreal. Atonement does drag ever-so-slightly in the middle especially as Briony trains to be a nurse in London but overall this is a film Academy voters eat up with a silver spoon. Expect to be hearing about it in the months to come.
Based on E.B. White’s enduring children’s story we meet Wilbur the Pig (Dominic Scott Kay) a runt who is saved from the axe by a little farm girl named Fern (Dakota Fanning). She raises Wilbur from infancy but eventually she has to send Wilbur over to her uncle’s neighboring farm since there’s no room for a pig in her house. There in the barn Wilbur meets the assortment of colorful animal characters: Betsy (Reba McEntire) and Bitsy (Kathy Bates) two pessimistic cows; motherly goose Gussy (Oprah Winfrey) and her henpecked hubby Golly (Cedric the Entertainer); Samuel (John Cleese) an uptight sheep; the skittish horse Ike (Robert Redford); the self-serving rat Templeton (Steve Buscemi); and of course sweet Charlotte (Julia Roberts) a spider with a heart of gold. When the naïve Wilbur finds out he might be Christmas dinner Charlotte makes a promise to her new friend that she’ll do everything in her power to make sure Wilbur sees the Christmas snow—and everyone ends up helping her out. What could be more fun than to voice a barnyard animal? Winfrey and Cedric’s geese banter is like an old married couple. Cleese gives Samuel the sheep a certain upper-crustiness. Redford is actually pretty funny as a horse who’s deathly afraid of spiders (“I’ll listen to you but I just can’t look at you”). Buscemi is a particularly nice choice as the sneaky rat Templeton who only thinks about filling his belly with food (no typecasting there we swear). For pure comic relief there are also two crows voiced by Andre Benjamin and Thomas Haden Church who just can’t quite get around the whole scarecrow thing. And as Charlotte Roberts has a truly soothing and loving tone sort of how you’d imagine it from the book. As for the human aspect Fanning continues to do what she does best playing Fern with the right amount of youthful innocence spunkiness and determination. Just wondering how we are going to handle it when this amazing little actress grows up and starts doing like adult things. Actually it is sort of a shame they couldn’t get a live-action version of Charlotte's Web made before Babe. Sure there was the 1973 animated cutesy film but a live-action adaptation of this timeless tale really should have been the standard by which all computer-generated talking farm animal movies would follow don’t you think? Instead Charlotte's Web pales ever so slightly in comparison. Oh well water under the bridge. Director Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) still manages to invoke the wonderful and uplifting spirit of the novel keeping faithful to the text in all ways. Visually the film is crisp and flawless in its execution particularly in the beauty and splendor of how Charlotte spins her webs and emotionally hearts will indeed swell and tears will flow. Charlotte's Web is the perfect family movie to inspire the next generation of young readers and viewers as well as for the rest of us who fondly remember the childhood classic.
Handsome James (Paul Dawson) is a bit depressed. In the opening scene he pees while taking a bath and then sets up his camera as he fellates himself while a stalker across the street (Peter Stickles) watches. Then James cries. He's miserable and his boyfriend Jamie (P.J. DeBoy) doesn't know what to do. They go to a sex therapist Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee). She in turn has incredible sex--or at least finds incredible positions--with her husband Rob (Raphael Barker) but she can't achieve an orgasm. They all end up at a wild club called Shortbus which looks like a room even Caligula would love and whose guests range from a former mayor of New York to a popular drag queen Justin Bond (playing his/herself). It's at Shortbus where James and Jamie meet young Ceth (Jay Brannan) and to try to add spice to their relationship while Sofia meets an angry dominatrix named Severin (Lindsay Beamish) who thinks she can help with Sofia's quest. The most amazing part of Shortbus comes from the performers who are as real as it gets. Mitchell tries to get the actors to play parts of themselves asking them to reenact their most bizarre sexual experiences and developing the storylines around them. With that Mitchell is quoted in the press notes as saying that every orgasm is genuine--except one and he's not saying which one. For this reason perhaps the cast is filled with virtual unknowns except for a few choice cameos (character actor/publicist Mickey Cottrell with a dead guy in a whirlpool is a particularly good one). But the players are all superb in their own individual ways especially Dawson as the sad-eyed stud and Lee as the desperate therapist. Beamish also shows quite an emotional range and looks like a modern-day Cyndi Lauper. Watch for her star to rise. John Cameron Mitchell best known for his searing little indie gem Hedwig and the Angry Inch apparently auditioned 100 people by throwing a rather sexually open party not unlike the parties shown in the film. But Mitchell has got more than an inch showing up in Shortbus. It's as if he has re-made The Rocky Horror Picture Show into a non-musical live NC-17 version. All the film’s sexual explicitness seems almost voyeuristic but dances around being pornographic or grotesque. In fact the scenes are often devoid of eroticism coming across as funny creepy and sad instead. Mitchell also paints an intriguing canvas mixing animation and art as the camera swoops into different neighborhoods around Manhattan. Ultimately the parade of sexuality and bizarre characters plays like a Federico Fellini film but it makes much more sense. Mitchell's picture is raw but heartfelt and it’s going to make audiences uncomfortable. But obviously that's the point.