Kelly Osbourne has threatened to quit E! show Fashion Police over the fall-out from remarks castmate Giuliana Rancic made about child star Zendaya Coleman's red carpet look at the Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15).
The teen star was upset when Rancic suggested she reeked of marijuana because she wore her hair in dreadlocks. During the Fashion Police episode on Monday (23Feb15), the presenter joked, "I feel like she smells of patchouli oil... maybe weed." After the episode aired in the U.S., Coleman fired back on Instagram.com, writing, "There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone sad (said) something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs (dreadlocks) must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed' is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive."
Rancic has since apologized, writing on Twitter.com, "Dear @Zendaya, I'm sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had nothing to do with race and never would!!!" But it seems her co-presenter Osbourne, who is one of Coleman's friends, is far from happy with the backlash she has received about Rancic's remarks.
In a series of Twitter posts, she writes, "I WILL NOT BE DRAGED (sic) INTO THIS! The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same!" She added, "you guys do realize that @Zendaya is my friend right?"
On Tuesday (24Feb15), Osbourne continued her rant and wrote, "I'm giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually (sic) Im not allowed to speak!" She added, "I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT (sic). I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT (sic) OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY (sic) QUESTIONONIG (sic) STAYING ON THE SHOW!"
Country star Toby Keith is hoping to get his daughter Krystal's singing career off the ground by pitching the idea of a reality series documenting her life to TV bosses. The Red Solo Cup hitmaker's 29-year-old daughter has followed in the footsteps of her popular father, releasing her first full-length solo album in 2013, and she even opened up for him on tour.
Keith now tells Country Countdown USA that Krystal has spoken to TV executives about a possible starring series, but he has ideas of his own about her career on the small screen.
He says, "There are some TV production people taking her to L.A. They're trying to cast her in a television show. They don't know what they want to do, but I told them they should do her and her girlfriends, backstage, go to each concert, show people what it's like in each city, then everybody come back to the dressing room, introduce a new song, keep it around music, but do young girls having fun, let's rock!"
The last surviving member of the original Dad's Army cast, Ian Lavender, is to make a guest appearance in the upcoming movie remake. The veteran actor played Private Frank Pike in the classic British TV series, and his role has been taken over by The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison in the new big screen version opposite Toby Jones, Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Lavender has now revealed he will be returning to Dad's Army with a cameo appearance playing a character called Brigadier Pritchard, and the actor is delighted with the promotion.
He tells British newspaper the Birmingham Mail, "(It is) the highest rank I have ever reached... It was great fun and I was given such a great welcome... I went up with a little trepidation - just walking on set with all those people! I felt a bit like I did on my first day on Dad's Army 40-odd years ago... I was quite pleased I was still capable of acting with people like Toby Jones and Bill Nighy at my ripe old age!"
Lavender goes on to throw his support behind the film, insisting critics are wrong to dismiss the remake.
He adds, "A lot of people were saying it was a bad idea to re-make Dad's Army but I don't think that at all... When I heard who the cast were I thought 'That's not bad at all'."
The 68 year old also doled out advice to his younger replacement: "I met Blake, the charming young actor playing Pike. I told him 'Don't worry what I think, you're playing him now!' I am tired of people asking me 'Who is playing you?' Nobody is playing me, Blake is playing Pike. Let him get on with playing it his way."
Don’t get us wrong, we love Pretty Little Liars. It’s the kind of love that makes us check the actresses’ Twitter and Instagram accounts religiously (ZOMG did you see Lucy Hale’s new haircut?!) and have endless discussions with friends regarding the identity of “A” (It’s Mona. No, it’s Ezra. Maybe it’s Ali?). But we also realize that in order to keep the show’s intricate plot twisting and turning, there are going to be some moments of frustration along the way.
For those of you not caught up, beware of SPOILERS ahead!
1. We STILL don’t know who “A” is.
We get that it’s the core mystery of the show, but we’ve had so many fAke-outs that we’re more than ready for real answers. And what could possibly be the explanation for torturing a bunch of teenage girls to this degree?
2. The show’s unrealistic time frame.
Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily have been in their senior year for at least two seasons now. Toby manages to become A COP in two episodes, but these girls will apparently never graduate?
3. Is Alison evil or not?
It seems like she's been a master manipulator from the start, but we still can't figure this girl out.
4. Mona is killed right when she starts helping the girls.
We’ve questioned Mona’s loyalties for the entire series, but just when she starts to prove herself trustworthy, she bites it. Will we ever know what Mona’s end game was?! And more importantly, will we ever know who killed her?!
5. Ezra's not really "A," he was just writing a book.
No one has ever acknowledged how creepy Ezra is. He was a teacher having an affair with his teenage student. And then he basically spied on all her friends to write a tell-all book. But he wasn’t “A” though so I guess that makes everything ok?
6. The whole Shana thing.
Shana seemingly came out of nowhere, was revealed as an “A” (not THE “A”) and was subsequently killed by Aria in self-defense. Through all that, we hardly cared.
7. The girls’ parents have little to no clue what’s going on.
If our daughters were involved in as much craziness as these girls, we’d be locking them in their rooms – or like, moving to another state.
8. Melissa’s secret.
For years we were dying to know Melissa’s secret. No matter how many times Spencer begged for the truth, her big sis wasn’t budging. But finally, last season we learned what happened. Melissa thought Spencer had killed Ali, so Melissa buried the body. Only…it wasn’t Ali, so Melissa killed some innocent girl. The reveal was…less than satisfying.
9. Speaking of which, how did that girl end up in Ali's place?
Last season we found out her name - Bethany Young - but we still have no idea how she got in that grave or how she connects to the bigger story.
10. Jenna won't go away.
The girls' blind nemesis just can't seem to stay away from Rosewood. She leaves, she comes back, she leaves again...but she remains just as mysterious as ever! What. Is. Her. Deal.
11. The girls are always in the woods, at night, alone.
Don't they know by now that this ALWAYS spells danger? Guaranteed their cell phones won't work or their car won't start and someone will try to kill them. Every. Time. And yet they continue to do this.
12. When Toby told Spencer he joined the A-Team to "protect her."
Just how he "protected her" by doing this still remains unclear. Seems like it just caused a lot more problems (ie- driving Spencer off the deep end). But she forgave him and all is well in Spoby land.
13. Not enough scenes like this.
We miss pre-Ravenswood Caleb! Bring back some playfulness. He's basically the only decent guy left on the show. We'll just choose to forget about how he left poor Hanna for a failed spin-off show.
14. The fact that the police officers in Rosewood are all inept.
They haven't solved any of the murders so far and the murders per capita in that small town are through the roof. They're also constantly stalking our PLLers. Maybe the entire Rosewood police department is "A"...
15. The girls always have their makeup, nails and hair done - no matter the crisis.
Being stalked never looked so good. Even in moments of extreme distress, the PLLers all have time to look their best. We barely have time to run a comb through our hair in the morning, but these girls are being hunted by a psycho and they still manage to be perfectly accessorized. Spencer's the only one who's ever looked realistically tired or stressed. Props to Troian for really going for it!
In conclusion, watching Pretty Little Liars sometimes makes us feel like this:
But we wouldn't have it any other way!
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Reese Witherspoon has credited her latest movies Wild and A Good Lie for saving her sanity during a bleak period in her acting career.
The Oscar winner admits she was lost as an artist "for a few years" and decided to start making better film choices. She tells WENN, "I was not able to find what I wanted to do; making choices that I wasn't ultimately happy with. What kind of started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was getting back to wanting to play interesting dynamic female characters." However, when the chance to play an employment agency counsellor aiding three Sudanese refugees in A Good Lie came along, Witherspoon was nervous about stepping out of her comfort zone.
She explains, "I didn't know if I wanted to make the movie because I just had a baby and I was still nursing and taking care of this infant. But then, when I read the script, I was like, 'How am I gonna do this?' You know how your brain is just really confused after you have a baby. "I had to cover up all my post-baby weight! When I met with the director what I really liked is he said, 'This movie isn't about you. I just want to be really clear about that'. I never had a director say that to me before. It made me happy because I didn't want to make a movie where I was a white, American girl coming to save African people. My character is just as emotionally distraught. She's just as lost, she's just as without family as they are. "I thought that was a beautiful opportunity to talk about family is where you find it." She had a lot of help getting into character from co-star Ger Duany, who is a former Sudanese refugee.
Witherspoon adds, "I knew very little about the story. I watched documentaries and some stuff on (U.S. TV show) 60 Minutes but I still didn't know. A lot of things I learned from talking to Ger, who would tell us stories about being a young boy and walking all that way to Ethiopia and then back again to Sudan... and what it was like. It's hard to even conceive."
One of the rare gems we've seen hit the single-digit channels since the turn of the millennium, The Office, actually sported a ton of directors you've more than likely heard of. Some of them were already famous upon helming an episode or two of the NBC mockumentary, others were pinned at the starting line of what has proved to be a rocket-fueled race to stardom. Here are a few great film directors who, as you may or may not know, worked on The Office from time to time:
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Episodes Directed: "Hot Girl."But You Know Her for: The generation-defining Jane Austen adaptation Clueless, plus the Look Who's Talking movies and European Vacation.
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Episodes Directed: "A Benihana Christmas," "Safety Training," "Beach Games," and "The Delivery - Part 2."But You Know Him for: Some of the most iconic comedies from the past 35 years — Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day among them. And as far as acting goes, we'll remember him always as Egon Spengler.
Episodes Directed: "Business School" and "Beach Wars."But You Know Him for: It's true that offbeat television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is what got Whedon on the map, but he is now one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster cinema thanks to, if nothing else, The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Episodes Directed: "Moving On."But You Know Him for: Another member of the Marvel family, Favreau's biggest films are certainly Iron Man and Iron Man 2, though we celebrate his smaller fare: Made, Elf, and 2014's delightful Chef.
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Episodes Directed: "Manager and Salesman."But You Know Him for: Jumping over to the other side of the comic book game, we find Webb's Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before partnering up with Peter Parker (or even joining forces with Michael Scott), Webb helmed the neo-rom com (500) Days of Summer.
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Episodes Directed: "Cocktails."But You Know Him for: Whedon's only rival on this list in terms of blockbuster influence, Abrams is of course the man behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Episodes Directed: "Koi Pond."But You Know Him for: Though Hudlin has spent most of his time directing television in recent years, the dawn of his career gave us two early '90s cult favorites: the Kid 'n Play comedy House Party and Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
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Episodes Directed: "Local Ad" and "Frame Toby."But You Know Him for: That irreverent fast-paced serio-comedic style we saw in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and (the best of the lot) Young Adult. He also did Labor Day, but we don't have to talk about that one.
Episodes Directed: "Work Bus."But You Know Him for: Not directing, but acting. Cranston became a household name thanks to his starring role as Walter White on the unforgettable Breaking Bad.
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Episodes Directed: And we have a winner! Feig directed 14 episodes of The Office, including "Office Olympics," "Halloween," "Performance Review," "E-Mail Surveillance," "Survivor Man," "Dinner Party," "Goodbye, Toby," "Weight Loss," "The Surplus," "Moroccan Christmas," "New Boss," "Dream Team," "Niagara," "Goodbye, Michael."But You Know Him for: Bridesmaids, of course, plus The Heat... and the legion of exciting projects he has in the works, like a spy comedy, a gay rom com, and (potentially) an all-female Ghostbusters III. And although we're focusing on movie credits here, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention his greatest contribution to pop culture of all: Freaks and Geeks.
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We might well bemoan the loss of the Edgar Wright touch on Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man feature, but there is a silver lining: now, the innovative action-comedy director gets to work on his own original (and, likely, far more interesting) project. Deadline reports that Wright will next helm a film called Baby Driver, a mixture of "crime, action, music and sound." Even with all those nouns jumbled together, the project is still largely ambiguous. And with a title like Baby Driver, we can only begin to imagine what it might be about...
A baby that's also a driver?Wright directs a Look Who's Talking-style family comedy (rated R for language and violence, but still... for the family) about an infant who sets out on the road in his parents' Chevy Camaro.
Somebody who drives babies around? Like a chauffer for babies?Inspired by Vin Diesel's The Pacifier, Wright creates a film about a tough guy getaway driver who takes a new gig picking up the Wasserman kids from nursery school... and grows to love them.
Somebody who drives actual babies? Like the car is a baby, and the guy drives the baby-car?In the distant future, Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" has been brought to life in a few interesting ways. This dark dystopian fantasy has people driving around vehicles made of discarded babies, in light of the recent metal shortage.
An early-years biopic about Good Will Hunting star Minnie Driver?Get it?
An animated film about a young screwdriver?Finally, Wright takes his visual style to Pixar, breathing life into a toolbox of adventures led by a plucky young screwdriver named Phillip.
So, maybe one of those. Or, you know, an actual idea. Either way, we're excited.
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Whether they're battling for survival, the planet, or just the God-given right to boogie down at the local country club, man and nature have always been at each others throats at the movies. Across the cinematic landscape, a great many battles have been waged between humans and animals, and as viewers, our sympathies often shift between the species. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters tomorrow, here are our favorite man versus animal films, and who we side with in each expedition.
The GreyWhat's it about? After crash-landing in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of men must survive the elements and a pack of feral wolves.What are the humans fighting for? Surviving 'til the end credits.What are the animals fighting for? Tasty chunks of Liam Neeson.Who do we root for? Once Neeson strapped those tiny booze bottles to his knuckles, we were firmly on team Liam.
The BirdsWhat's it about? Swarms of birds begin attacking a sleepy California town.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety, clean cars.What are the animals fighting for? It's never explained, but we're guessing tastier bread crumbs.Who do we root for? The birds... hey, it's a Hitchcock movie, so we just root for mayhem.
Once Upon a Forest What's it about? Three young forest animals try to save a friend, who is wounded by chlorine gas from a human truck accident. What are the humans fighting for? Nothing in particular. What are the animals fighting for? Survival, their friend, their home. Who do we root for? Since the humans accidentally orphan a tiny woodland creature, it's obvious we're rooting for the animals.
CaddyshackWhat's it about? Bill Murray tries to kill a pesky gopher terrorizing Bushwood Country Club.What are the humans fighting for? The golf course, their sanity.What is the animal fighting for? The gopher just wants to cause as much chaos as possible and dance like crazy.Who do we root for? Definitely the gopher. He's all right. Don't gotta worry 'bout him.
How to Train Your DragonWhat's it about? On the Island of Berk, a young boy befriends a dragon in the midst of a human/dragon feud.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety and their livestock.What are the animals are fighting for? Sheep. Freedom. Mostly sheep.Who do we root for? The dragons, obviously. Vikings are cool, but... c'mon. Dragons.
JawsWhat's it about?: Three men try to take down a gigantic shark that's been terrorizing a beach town.What are the humans are fighting for? Survival, pride, and shark teeth to sell to tourists.What is the animal is fighting for? The right to eat silly beach-goers.Who do we root for? After all that male bonding, how could we not root for Richard Dreyfuss and co?
King Kong What's it about?: A mythical gigantic ape is captured and forced to move to New York City. What are the humans are fighting for?: Money, fame, a dangerous circus exhibit that will totally never backfire.What is the animal fighting for? Freedom, his human woman, a chance to see that Empire State Building that everyone's been talking about. Who do we root for? King Kong, because no one should be forced to live in Midtown.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesWhat's it about? James Franco starts humanity down the slippery slope of extinction by making apes really smart.What are the humans fighting for?: Some for tyranny, some for survival.What are the animals fighting for?: Respect, dominance, way more bananas.Who we rooted for: The writing is on the wall. Let's embrace our ape overlords.
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turn to movie scenes and moments — the funny, shocking, moving, and just plain weird instances that stuck with us long after we stepped out of the theater. Here's a quick list of some of the most memorable movie scenes and moments we've seen so far in 2014.
The evolution sequence in NoahDarren Aronofsky's account of the great flood jumped levels in progressive thinking when it included a scene that comfortably meshed creationist beliefs with the science of evolution. The sequence, which followed an aquatic amoeba as it grew into a fish, then a lizard, then a series of mammals, until ultimately becoming the impetus for mankind, is not just intellectually rich, but visually dazzling.
Gustave's prison break in The Grand Budapest HotelEvery chapter in Wes Anderson's latest film is terrific fun, but Ralph Fiennes on the run from the law (and the vicious Adrien Brody) is about as merry as it gets... even with the haunting undercurrent in an approaching World War.
The opening sequence in BorgmanThe mysterious Danish picture Borgman institutes an excitement, a levity, and a curious nature all at once with its terrific opening sequence, wherein the title character is drawn from his home underground for unexplained reasons and forced to flee the wrath of angry villagers, and help to liberate his friends from the same.
The "Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship!" gag in The Lego MovieServing primarily as a punchline to a long gestating joke, Charlie Day's Lego character's manic exclamation of his favorite word is the biggest laugh in a very funny movie.
Scarlett Johannson abducting a man with neurofibromatosis in Under the SkinJonathan Glazer's bizarre film is nothing if not evasive, but peaks in its enigmatic nature when the nameless hero/villain Scarlett Johansson, herself of mysterious origins, abducts and seems to warm to a man afflicted with a facial deformity. Cue the process of undress and cannibalistic black liquid floors...
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Ken Watanabe's big moment in Godzilla"Let them fight."
The end credits of 22 Jump StreetChris Miller and Phil Lord embrace their love of genre parody in the post-narrative moments of 22 Jump Street, in which they send their starring duo through a long line of false sequels (entailing their attendance at med school, military school, traffic school... there are a good dozen of these, all of 'em funny).
The statutory rape endorsement in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionLet's get this straight: we're simply in awe of this scene due to how god damn bizarre it is, not at all on board with its message (or even its artistic merits in a movie about robot wars). We can't help but think about Mark Wahlberg challenging the validity of 20-year-old Jack Reynor's romantic relationship with 17-year-old Nicola Peltz, only to see Reynor pull a laminated document from his pocket that exempts him from all legal ramifications of dating a minor. Weird as all hell.
The getaway scene in Night MovesNear unprecedented tension hits when Jesse Eisenberg and his two fellow eco-terrorists attempt to flee the scene after programming a time bomb to detonate an ecologically destructive dam. The trio sits on the midnight river, hoping to avoid both the eyes of passersby and the wrath of a deadly explosive. It's edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff.
Liam Neeson grabbing a gun in mid-air while the airplane aboard which he is a passenger hurdles into oblivion as a team of hijackers attempts to take the whole thing hostage in Non-StopRight?
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The Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future PastEvan Peters spends very little time onscreen in the latest X-Men picture, but his talents are milked for all their value when he is charged with dashing around a slow-motion Pentagon kitchen to the soothing tunes of Jim Croce.
The grade school scene in SnowpiercerThe most disturbing, macabre, and wickedly fun scene in a movie that has no shortage of any of those three qualities, a very pregnant Allison Pill's grade school seminar in the back half of Snowpiercer stands out as the film's most enjoyable achievement. Pill sells the hell out of lunacy in this sequence.
Paul Rudd walks into a bar in They Came Together Our favorite joke in They Came Together, narrowly beating out Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler's mutual love of fiction books, is Rudd's sullen conversation with a highly redundant barkeep who, let's just say, calls 'em like he sees 'em. Over and over and over.
Nicolas Cage asking a neighborhood kid if he's still MMA fighting in Joe I have no idea why I love this so much, but one brief exchange in the sleepy, somber movie Joe has Cage chatting with a young neighbor in a bodega, asking about how his martial arts practice has been going. It's incredibly peculiar and charming, though I don't expect any of that to carry through here.
The Zola computer reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Although we weren't crazy about the second Captain America movie, we have to tip a hat to the reveal that Toby Jones' Nazi scientist has been living on for the last 70 years in the form of a bulky yet surpemely efficient supercomputer. The sort of weird stuff that we love to see in the crevices of Marvel flicks.
Everyone enjoys a good love triangle, but lately in Hollywood they’re just about everywhere. Since Twilight and The Vampire Diaries first premiered, the love triangle has become standard operating practice on any teen drama series, or in any movie aimed at young adults. However, The CW’s teen drama, Reign, is beginning to break the mold.
The first 13 episodes of the show’s debut season heavily featured the romantic tug-of-war between Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane), Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and Bash (Torrance Coombs). However after the first run of episodes — which was the original length of the show’s first season before it got a full order — ended with Francis and Mary’s wedding, the love triangle has almost ceased to exist and it has made the show even more exciting, enjoyable, and just overall better.
Sure, the Frary versus Mash debate was fun, but you know what’s even more fun? Watching an actual teen queen rule an actual country. There are many love triangles on television, but there are very few, if any, shows focusing on a queen struggling to to prioritize her country’s needs along with her duty to her husband. Game of Thrones slightly delves into these issues with Daenarys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), but Dany has yet to be both a wife and a queen — a Khaleesi, I should say — for an extended period of time.
In fact, if you think about all the movies and television shows that have built their success on love triangles — such as The Vampire Diaries and Twilight — or the feature film franchises that use a love triangle to drum up cheap publicity (looking at you, Catching Fire), Reign ditching its love triangle is rather subversive.
Instead of cashing in on the question of who will end up together and prolonging the show by not giving the audience an answer, Reign ended the debate with Mary and Francis’s wedding, and then moved on. The new storylines are bigger, better, and different than anything else on television, which truly separates Reign from the rest of the teen drama series pack in a fantastic way.