It was fun while it lasted. After nine months of dating, Nick Jonas and his much-older Australian pop star girlfriend, 27-year-old Delta Goodrem, have decided to call it quits. Goodrem's rep confirmed the news in a brief statement, saying, "Nick and Delta have decided to mutually end their relationship. At this point in time, they are both focused on their careers as they go on different paths. They remain friends and wish each other the best for the future."
Jonas, 19, began dating Goodrem shortly after she split from Irish boy band singer Brian McFadden, whom she was with for seven years. For his part, Jonas was romantically linked to to Miley Cyrus from June 2006 to December 2007.
But Jonas has plenty of projects on his plate to keep his mind off the recent breakup. In fact, he's starring in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in a role previously played by actor Daniel Radcliffe and Glee's Darren Criss. Additionally, he's also scheduled to make a guest appearance on NBC's recent hit Smash on Feb. 27. Jonas Brothers fans must be thrilled.
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Here at Under the Radar, our traditional modus operandi is to help spread the word about one up-and-coming actor/actress appearing in one of that week’s theatrical releases with whom you should get better acquainted. This week however, there are a plethora of new releases featuring scores of talented performers all right on the cusp of mega-stardom so it was difficult to narrow the field to just one. We have therefore put together a list of the top five names we think you should know at the multiplex this week.
Justin Theroux (Wanderlust)
Wanderlust is the story of a high maintenance New York couple who, upon losing both of their jobs, decide to move to a hippie commune as a drastic change of pace. With the leads being occupied by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, it would be easy to overlook one Justin Theroux. But Justin is a wonderful actor, someone you’ll definitely want to get to know even if you don’t immediately recognize him. He’s had recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, the HBO miniseries John Adams, and Six Feet Under as well as appearing in films such as Your Highness, Mulholland Drive, and American Psycho. In addition to his talent in front of the camera, Justin also wrote the screenplays to Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder.
Jennifer Carpenter (Gone)
If you find yourself sitting in the theater watching Gone this weekend and trying to place where you’ve seen Jennifer Carpenter before, more than likely you caught her on the wildly successfully Showtime series Dexter. She plays the police officer sister of a Miami forensics expert who also happens to be a serial murderer of…serial murderers (among other criminal elements). Another impressive credit on Carpenter’s resume 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The film centers on a lawyer who takes on the case of a priest whose attempt to exorcise a demonic presence from a young girl went horribly awry. Her performance in that film is nothing less than spellbinding.
Brian White (Good Deeds)
Brian White will be lighting up screens this weekend in the latest Tyler Perry film Good Deeds. White is an actor of whom I became a huge fan during his stint on the incredible FX series The Shield. On the show, White plays a hardnosed cop who gets assigned to the dark, morally nebulous strike team headed by Vic Mackey; mixing up the group’s longstanding dynamic and serving as the catalyst for the biggest shocker of the second season. He also appeared in Rian Johnson’s phenomenal neo-noir Brick and is set to co-star in Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods; my most highly anticipated movie of 2012. I am really interested to see where this guy’s career takes him.
Ken Marino (Wanderlust)
As Wanderlust is directed by David Wain, the appearance of actor Ken Marino is not a surprise. The two have been constant collaborators going all the way back to the MTV sketch comedy series The State from the mid-90s. Marino also appeared in Wain’s films Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models (also starring Paul Rudd). But if you really want to get a taste of Marino’s comic genius, I highly recommend a short-lived series called Party Down. On the show, Marino plays the owner of a catering company staffed almost entirely by people who would rather be doing anything other than catering. Marino also co-wrote both Wanderlust and Role Models.
Sebastian Stan (Gone)
One of the best things that can happen to a young actor anymore is landing a role, even a supporting role, in a comic book film. Sebastian Stan, who will be appearing in this week’s kidnapping thriller Gone, managed just such a feat when he played Bucky Barnes, the best friend of weakling-turned-super-soldier Steve Rodgers, in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved Stan as Bucky—he made us all fall in love with that character. In addition to appearing in a Marvel film, Stan was fortunate enough to work with world-renowned director Darren Aronofsky in the sinister, but artful Black Swan. He also made the perfect, textbook 80's bully in 2010’s meta comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.
The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne will guest-star on an upcoming episode of NBC's sitcom Up All Night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Osbourne -- also a judge on America's Got Talent, which, lest we forget, will feature Howard Stern next season -- will play fellow talk-show diva Ava's (Maya Rudolph) archenemy on a yet-to-be-scheduled episode.
Up All Night, which airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC, stars Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as a married couple trying to navigate the tough terrain that is new parenthood.
It's been a whole month since the last bit of casting news on Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming, controversial Osama bin Laden movie, so it's only fitting that today we learned of another high-profile actor joining the project: Kyle Chandler.
Nothing has been confirmed -- like most of the details surrounding the still-untitled film -- as far as his specific role, but Deadline reports that the Friday Night Lights actor will play a CIA agent in the mysterious drama about the Navy SEALs' hunt for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden. The film is set for release on Dec. 19.
Since the end of the critically acclaimed football drama series Lights -- for which he won an Emmy -- Chandler has starred in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and booked a role in Ben Affleck's upcoming Argo.
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has landed the lead role in Zorro Reborn, a futuristic reimagining of the title swordsman's tale.
Bernal will play the beloved -- and masked -- Spanish (via California) character as a "vigilante bent on revenge," according to Variety.
Antonio Banderas played the fictional Zorro in two films, the most recent of which was 2005's The Legend of Zorro.
Bernal, meanwhile, has throughout his career starred in smaller fare, including Y Tu Mama Tambien and The Motorcycle Diaries.
Guillermo del Toro has been brought on by Warner Bros. to direct an update of Beauty and the Beast.
Emma Watson is reportedly close to joining the project, which will be written by Bridget Jones's Diary scribe Andrew Davies.
Del Toro famously left The Hobbit, which he was to direct, in 2010, but remains a credited co-writer. His next directorial effort, Pacific Rim, will hit theaters May 10, 2013.
Ellen Barkin appears set to join the cast of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler's upcoming NBC pilot The New Normal.
The concept of the single-camera sitcom reportedly centers on a gay couple and their relationship with the woman who ultimately becomes their surrogate and helps them become parents -- with Barkin playing the surrogate's mother.
Glee writer-producers Adler and Murphy have quite the TV resume -- including Chuck and the massively popular American Horror Story, respectively. Murphy, no stranger to stepping behind the camera, will direct at least the pilot episode of New Normal.
S2E15: Tonight's episode of Hawaii Five-0 was a tough one for Danny, but a good one for us viewers -- maybe the season's best.
It starts out seemingly unrelated in any way to Danny. A prisoner, Sal Painter, being transported via plane escapes his shackles and is nowhere to be found, with a dead U.S. Marshal -- his escort -- found in the plane's lavatory. Surveillance footage of the getaway shows another man, an accomplice, who is listed in the flight records as Rick Maguire. But Five-0 soon finds out that Rick Maguire has been dead for years, and that the deceased Marshal knew Danny from back in New Jersey. So the connection begins ...
Before long, the escaped convict, Painter, is apprehended, but it turns out that he didn't kill the Marshal, instead merely taking up this Maguire guy's offer to unlock his shackles and help him off the plane undetected. That's when, almost simultaneously, Five-0 discovers that the Marshal was, in fact, attempting to call Danny just seconds before he was killed AND spy-type photos, of Danny's daughter Grace, on a computer at the "Maguire" residence. The plot thickens.
Soon thereafter, Grace is kidnapped by Maguire, posing as a police officer, thus setting in motion a sadistic cat-and-mouse -- or puppetmaster -- game between him and Danno. The evil "Maguire" is actually Rick Peterson (superb guest star Peter Greene), no stranger at all to Danny but rather his former corrupt partner from New Jersey whom he helped put in jail for 10 years.
Peterson is out for revenge on Danny, but he's willing to spare his daughter's life (nice guy!) if Danny follows all of his instructions perfectly, and in the end, there's only one of importance: Shoot and kill Stan Edwards, the man who came between Danny and Rachel, so that -- as Peterson puts it -- Rachel doesn't forgive him and he loses the only thing that matters to him, his family. Just like Peterson's fate when he went to prison for a decade.
Danny follows those instructions -- with a little sleight of hand mixed in for good measure (see below), and ultimately Peterson is arrested without even resisting and Grace is, of course, perfectly fine.
TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM TONIGHT'S EPISODE
1. The opening sequence, which plays like an aerophobe’s worst nightmare: The stewardess goes to the back of the plane to check on a prisoner passenger and his police escort, only to find the former’s open shackles on the floor and the latter dead in the bathroom!
2. The chase scene in which Steve and Danny are running after Painter, who flashes an “I’m gonna outrun ‘em!” smile just before getting blindsided by Danny and landing in the pool.
3. The scene in which Chin and Steve break into “Maguire’s” home, which has seemingly been vacant for a long time, only to find a computer projecting creepy surveillance-type photos of Danny’s daughter.
4. The chilling scene in which we find out who “Maguire” is – and how sadistic he is. We also see some of the best acting yet from Scott Caan.
5. The climactic scene in which Danny, with no other choice, shoots and kills Stan. Only he doesn’t: He fires one shot into Stan’s shoulder and the rest into the grass, which is imperceptible to Peterson, from afar. Trickery!
Movie director Brett Ratner will take a step down to the small screen to helm the pilot episode of an upcoming Fox thriller.
Ratner, who previously directed the pilot episode of Prison Break for the same network in 2005, will also produce the series, from The Playboy Club and Bones writer/producer Karyn Usher.
The untitled show is about a teenaged girl who follows in her father's footsteps to become a CIA operative -- and meets a mysterious man along the way..
Ratner is a few months removed from the Academy Awards debacle that saw him quit as producer of the ceremony's telecast after using a gay slur.
Although Madonna was supposed to be the center of attention during last night's Super Bowl halftime show, the Queen of Pop was mildly upstaged by M.I.A.'s rather obscene finger malfunction. The rapper (real name: Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) went rogue during the "Give Me All Your Luvin'" portion of the performance by flipping off the camera mid-way through the song. This, of course, has caused quite a bit of controversy given that actions like that are usually frowned upon on such a "family friendly" network.
As expected, both the NFL and NBC immediately apologized for the faux pas. A spokesperson for the NFL, Brian McCarthy, released a statement to the Associated Press, saying, "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans." McCarthy went on to say that the NFL was blindsided by the gesture and that M.I.A. had not indicated during rehearsals that she would be doing anything like that during the actual performance. Additionally, NBC spokesman, Christopher McCloskey, also released a statement concerning the matter, explaining, "Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers." As of this morning, neither organization has been fined.
To be honest, I watched the halftime show and didn't even see that it happened, so hopefully this won't get blown too much out of proportion and overshadow what really was an impressive halftime show. Yes, M.I.A. was wrong doing what she did, but the gesture was barely noticeable. If no one was reporting on it, would you even be aware that it had happened? I know I wouldn't, so it's not as awful as it could have been (although I personally fail to see the reasoning behind the middle finger to begin with). Either way, let's just hope M.I.A learns her lesson from this and keeps her inappropriate sign language to a minimum the next time she performs in such a public venue. Think of the kids!
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