British model Cara Delevingne wanted to eat an animal's heart when filming a dream sequence in her upcoming movie The Face Of An Angel.
In the drama, the catwalk beauty plays a student who teams up with a director and a journalist to make a film about a murder victim.
The story, starring Kate Beckinsale and Rush star Daniel Bruhl, is loosely based on the real-life death of Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, and includes a scene showing Delevingne's character eating a beating heart in a dream sequence. The model has now revealed she offered to chomp on the real thing but had to settle for a heart-shaped cake instead.
Delevingne tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I wanted it to be a real heart, in the weirdest way... you know, a pig's heart... but instead it was made of icing and red sauce. Every time Daniel walked in, he kept laughing, which affected me - and everyone else." The drama will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on 6 September (14) and will also be screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October (14).
Kercher's roommate, U.S. student Amanda Knox, and Knox's boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder but were acquitted in 2011 after serving four years.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein wants to turn British model Cara Delevingne into a bona fide Hollywood star by hiring her for his next movie Tulip Fever. Weinstein met the model through his fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, and he wants to give the aspiring actress a boost by casting her in his new drama alongside Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander.
He says, "I know Cara through Georgina but we know her also for who she is and what she is. I've been talking to her about doing something in my next movie, Tulip Fever. We're shooting in May and I cannot imagine her being anything but fantastic in front of the camera. She's adorable."
Delevingne made her acting debut in 2012's Anna Karenina and she has two more films set for release this year (14), including The Face of an Angel, a drama inspired by the story of convicted murdered Amanda Knox.
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After getting dumped by Cliff (Glenn Howerton) on a technicality, Mindy is certain she will be exonerated like "Amanda Foxy Knoxy Knox." She has been faced with the mission of winning him back after getting caught at a party with her Pastor/DJ/Shoe Designer ex on last week's The Mindy Project. But as she gets ready to head home from Los Angeles, Danny (Chris Messina) who is arguably a more substantial and slow-burning love interest, needs Mindy for support meeting his estranged father (Dan Hedaya). Conflicted with the urge to stay or go, Mindy decides to return to New York to salvage her relationship with a guy who already dumped her.
Mindy instead gets stuck in the car with Danny headed to his dad's house, while Peter (Adam Pally) and Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) are trapped back at the practice under much different circumstances. Eager to leave work and rebound with a butterface, Party Boy Peter gives himself a bathroom mirror pep talk, saying "I hope you've got your life vest on, because we're about to go motorboating." After the bathroom door breaks, it's clear that Peter's motorboat options are now limited to Morgan, who is also trapped.
Missing her flight, Mindy still supports Danny and pushes him to visit with his Dad. They quickly meet Little Danny, Danny's half sister from his father's current marriage. As Danny realizes that the man he hates is now a good father, he handles it the manliest way possible: drinking and wandering in the desert. At this point Mindy has moved on, attempting to make her way to the airport and back into Cliff's heart. But Danny continues to test their bond, drunk dialing Mindy while lost, ultimately making her miss another flight.
More potential is revealed in the seemingly superficial relationship with Cliff, when Morgan and Peter hear him in his office while stuck in the bathroom. Sharing the same building, Morgan and Peter recognize Cliff's voice through the vent. Not knowing about the break up, they call for help before hearing Cliff launch into an epic session of cry-singing Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me." They decide they'd rather be trapped forever than acknowledge hearing that. Once freed they meet Cliff in the elevator, sporting a post-cry glow, and invite him out to a boys night. Party Boy Peter even cancels on a "Wisconsin nine" for the occasion, so it's pretty serious.
The more dire issue unfolding is Mindy reaching her breaking point with Danny. His unraveling over his father goes too far, and Mindy calls him out in a way that is harsh yet telling of a loving relationship. Danny and his dad finally have a heart to heart, that seems more informative than funny until we're reminded that Danny was once a skilled ballerina ("a primo ballerino"). The heart-to-hearts hardly stop there as Danny and Mindy finally find their way onto a plane home. They apologize and Danny helps Mindy draft a letter to win back Cliff. They seem to fall back into the platonic pattern they've settled into, until Mindy gets up for a tonic water. Possibly moved by literal turbulence, Danny seizes the moment and meets Mindy for a sexual tension breaking make-out session that will change the course of this Rom Sitcom. For those who've been following their relationship, the next new episode of The Mindy Project on April 1st can't come soon enough.
Nearly six years after an Italian court convicted Amanda Knox of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher during a study abroad program in 2007, Knox has finally opened up in her first interview. In 2011, her conviction was overturned. In March of this year, however, the Italian Supreme Court reversed her acquittal. Tuesday night, Knox and her parents sat down with Diane Sawyer for an one-hour ABC special to discuss everything that has happened over the past six years.
Knox's emotions poured out on the screen as she told Sawyer that she has nightmares about spending four years in an Italian prison. But she also hopes to one day visit her late roommate's grave to pay her respects to the Kercher family.
10 Memorable Quotes from Knox's first interview:
1. Prior to starting her study abroad program in Italy, Knox's sister made a video of Knox exploring Italy. Knox wishes she could go back and give some advice to herself prior to all of the horrific events. "I want to tell her not to be afraid of what's going to happen because what happened to me hit me like a train," Knox said. "And there was nothing I could do to stop it."
2. Knox talked about the night of Kercher's murder and spending the evening with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. "November 1, we stayed in," she said. "And we had dinner. We watched a movie. We smoked. We had sex. We were together. We just hung out together."
3. Knox was the first person to discover Kercher's body the next morning, but only after she got home and showered. People criticized her for not noticing that something was wrong until after she finished her shower, as the door was open when she got home, and blood on the bathroom sink. "Well I had never before experienced anything in my life that was drastic," she said. "I didn't think, 'Oh my God, someone's been in here and murdered someone.'"
4. Knox acted strangely in the following weeks of the murder, leading people to assume that she was guilty. She now says that it was just how she reacted to the situation because she was terrified and angry. "I think everyone's reaction to something horrible is different," she said. "I felt very lost, very alone, and very vulnerable. My friend had been murdered and it could have just as easily been me. Somehow, she died in the house that we had been living, and it could have been me."
5. Knox has empathy for Kercher's family. "I want them to know their grief has my every respect, has the respect of my family, and we just don't want to... we don't want to invade their life and their grief," she said. "And I really want them to understand that my need for justice for myself is not in contradiction with theirs."
6. Knox wants to visit Kercher's grave. "She talked about how she wanted to be a journalist, like her dad. And she talked about her sister. And if that's all I can give them is this memory that I have of her to add to... all of theirs that they can carry with them when she's gone," she said. "[I hope] that eventually I can have their permission to pay respects at her grave."
7. Knox wants to totally clear her name. "I want the truth to come out," she said. "I want misunderstandings to be looked at. I would like to be reconsidered as a person."
8. And Knox wrote her book, Waiting to Be Heard, to explain how the past six years has changed her. "I have been in an experience where I thought everything that I had hoped for in my life was taken away from me, and I had to redefine what mattered," she said. "And when I think about the purpose of what I wrote, I think about what I would tell my little sisters about how to live no matter what's stopping you."
9. Knox is still sad over her friend's death. "I was stunned by her death, completely bowled over because it was unfair," she said. "She was my friend, and I lost a friend."
10. Sadly, the past six years have dramatically altered Knox. "My family was expecting the old Amanda who was — she makes goofy faces — which was the old Amanda back," she said. "And I'm not quite as chirpy anymore."
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John McNaughton, the man who directed 1998 schlock noir masterpiece Wild Things, hasn't had a feature film come out since 2001, but it looks like he's going to make a return to the cinema (and I use the term loosely) with a spectacle that might even top the Neve Campbell/Denise Richards soaking wet pool makeout moment from the original.
McNaughton tells Hollywood.com that he and screenwriter Stephen Peters, who wrote the original as well as direct-to-DVD sequels Wild Things 2 and Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, are working on another Wild Things movie.
"It's not one of the sequels, but about their children," he says. OK, that sounds odd, but just wait. It gets real crazy. "Do you know the Amanda Knox case? It's something like that. Something that's like the child of Suzie Toller [Campbell's character], she claimed that Matt Dillon's [character] had raped her a long time ago and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray's character had a child and they're exchange students and things get out of hand. We're calling it Wild Child Things."
OK, this movie needs to get made right away! It sounds so unbelievably outrageous that it has to be awesome. For those of you know don't know, Amanda Knox was an American college student studying in Italy who went to prison for murdering her roommate. She was later acquitted. There was S&M involved.
Wild Child Things doesn't have a studio or distributor or a cast (but, let's face it, Neve Campbell is super available as is Denise Richards), and is just starting to take shape. "Just about 3 weeks ago, Steven Peters' manager, sent me an email saying he had this idea and he sent me a one page outline and I think it's pretty fun. We're trying to see if there's any interest." Well, John, consider this your first bit of interest.
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If someone tells you they watch Saturday Night Live on Saturday night they are lying. If someone tells you they watch the entire episode and not feel like fast-forwarding through one or two (or all) of the sketches they are also lying. That is why my SNL viewing should take place on Sunday morning, where you can easily jump over the boring, painful bits. Plus, if you think it's enjoyable to sit through the same car commercial 7 times you are also so very, very wrong. Instead of reviewing all the sketches on Vince Vaughn's return to SNL, I break it down by what point I bailed on each sketch and why. Do you agree with where I gave up? Let us know in the comments below! Gun Control Cold Open: 3 minutes.When I Bailed: When Papa John's Pizza became the focus of the discussion. I'm afraid it was too close to the truth to actually be funny.Times I Laughed: 1
Vince Vaughn Audience Monologue: 4 minutes.When I Bailed: When Vaughn decided he was hosting the Maury show. Times I Laughed: 1
Al Pacino Biopics: 1 minute.When I Bailed: After the amazing Amanda Knox impression. Nothing could have topped that.Times I Laughed: 2
The Weather Channel: 2 minutesWhen I Bailed: Not long after 'Stormy Skies'' bumpy open. The corny soap opera for The Weather Channel would have been better if everyone just shouted out absurd headlines for moderate weather. I don't care about the precipitation in your pants, unless you're actually going to show us.Times I Laughed: 1
History of Punk: The whole thing! 4 minutes 30 seconds.When I Bailed: I didn't! This wasn't funny at all, but since it resembled VH1's entire TV lineup, I couldn't turn away. Times I Laughed: 0 Short Term Memory Loss Theater: 30 seconds.When I Bailed: When I realized this sketch wasn't only unfunny, but it actually put me to sleep in 30 seconds.Times I Laughed: 0
Weekend Update: 5 minutesWhen I Bailed: When Seth Myers started talking about the Cookie Monster. I did however stick around for the full 'Accidental Racist' sketch. Although it wasn't exactly original (they literally had Keenan Thompson quote LL Cool J's most recent interview at one point), it was necessary and still funny. Because when you have a song like 'Accidental Racist' and LL actually saying "It wasn't perfect," you barely have to say anything at all. Times I Laughed: 3 Junior Prom: The whole thing! 4 minutes 30 seconds.When I Bailed: Was probably a mistake, but I didn't! I'm a sucker for the prom, so I had hope. But things got weird when Vaughn removed his Liz Claiborne outer coat to snap dance with a boy with a half-mullet. Then, with a boy wearing an electric red cummerbund. It sounds funny, but it wasn't. Times I Laughed: 1 Roundball Rock: 2 minutes.When I Bailed: After the second rendition of "Basketball" when I felt a migraine coming on.Times I Laughed: 0
Last Call: 2 minutes.When I Bailed: After "blended genitals" was uttered. Times I Laughed: 1 (and it had to do with bar hair)
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Amanda Knox's acquittal has been thrown out by Italy's highest court — but this doesn't mean she's going to be locked behind bars again any time soon.
The reversal of Knox's acquittal is the result of a challenge brought by Meredith Kercher's — the young woman whom Knox is accused of murdering — parents. As the New York Times points out, the prosecution's right to challenge the acquittal is one of the biggest differences between the United States' court system and Italy's. In the U. S., defendants cannot be tried twice for the same crime after a verdict (either an acquittal or conviction) has been reached.
Also of note is the fact that it is Italy's Court of Cassation that overturned (at least for the moment) Knox's acquittal. To quote the New York Times, "The Court of Cassation rules on questions of procedure, not on the merits of a case or the presumption of guilt or innocence."
In layman's terms, this means that the court will be examining Knox's 2011 appeals trial itself. The court's adherence to civil procedure, rather than evidence of Knox's alleged involvement in Kercher's murder, will be under review. At this time, however, it is not known which particular bit of evidence or event will be examined during the proceedings.
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According to the Times, Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova says that the legal reasoning for ordering a new trial will be revealed within 90 days, at which point lawyers will discover "which points of the case will have to be re-examined."
Of the retrial, Dalla Vedova says, "The trial starts from zero and after we see the decisions we will know whether certain witnesses have to be recalled, or evidence retested."
Knox is not required to be present at the retrial, but if her conviction is withheld and confirmed by the Court of Cassation (whose decisions are final), Italy will be able to demand her extradition. Whether or not the U. S. complies (should it come to this) remains to be seen.
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While Knox is the media's heroine in this tale, there are two sides to every story, and the Times describes Kercher's parents as "jubilant." "This is marvelous," Francesco Maresca, a lawyer for the Kercher family, tells the Times of the appeal. "I had faith in the Court of Cassation. I was sure it would annul the acquittal." But for Knox, the retrial is sure to bring sleepless nights.
HarperCollins plans to release Knox's book, Waiting to Be Heard, on April 30 as planned — and Knox will proceed with her press tour as scheduled — but this will not be an easy time for the 25-year-old. Dalla Vedova says of Knox's reaction to the retrial's announcement, "She was sad. She believed the nightmare was over."
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Amanda Knox's story continues on. In the most recent development, Knox has been ordered to retrial again for the murder of her former roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, NBC News reports. Italy's Court of Cassanation overturned the acquittals of both Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on Tuesday.
In 2009, both Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of the murder and sentenced to over 25 years in prison. Then in 2011, the convictions were overturned, and Knox was able to return home to the United States after spending time in an Italian prison. But despite Tuesday's decision for a retrial, Knox plans to continue to fight for her freedom.
"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," Knox said in a statement. "I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them."
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Knox added that she and her family will "face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."
While Sollecito lives in Italy with his family, Knox is currently back in Seattle, Wash. While it is unlikely for Knox to return voluntarily to Italy for the retrial, if the 2009 conviction is upheld, Italy could demand her extradition.
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It's been a year and four months since Amanda's Knox's murder conviction was overturned in Italy and she returned to the United States of America. Since then, she has yet to speak about being wrongly convicted in the murder of her former British roommate Meredith Kercher. But on April 30, Knox will break her silence, giving her first post-trial interview to Diane Sawyer during an ABC News Primtime Special, ABC News reports.
People around the world have followed Knox's story since 2009, when she was tied to the murder of Kercher while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Knox then spent four years locked up in an Italian prison — part of a 26-year sentence — before the conviction was overturned on Oct. 3, 2011. Shortly before her release, Lifetime produced a TV movie titled Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (starring Hayden Panettiere), which followed the story of her arrest and trial. Now, Knox will be speaking about the experience for the first time during her interview with Sawyer, which airs the same day that her memoir, Waiting to be Heard, is expected to be released.
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Knox's Sawyer interview airs at 10 PM ET on ABC Television Network. But if you miss it Tuesday night, you will also be able to catch the interview during World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
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