Last week B.o.B. told MTV that the video for "Both of Us," his team-up with Taylor Swift, would be "about all walks of life, all classes of society" — which is precisely what the just-unveiled video seems to depict. It's an uncharacteristically not flashy effort for both megastars, whose music videos tend to focus, justifiably, on them and feature more cinematic production values overall.
By contrast, the stripped-down "Both of Us" clip — which was shot in the Nashville countryside, where Swift said bugs and spiders stalked her and B.o.B. — shines a light on other, everyday people, more so than the country-pop singer and the rapper behind the hit song off B.o.B.'s latest album Strange Clouds. Check out the video for yourself, below!
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It's taken a long time for Dax Shepard to get his proverbial "shot," and it has arrived in the form of Hit and Run, the action comedy he wrote, co-directed, and stars in.
And if the just-released red band trailer is any indication, Shepard could potentially be looking at an ascension similar to that of his costar in the movie, (a dreadlocked) Bradley Cooper, following his own breakout comedies, Wedding Crashers and The Hangover.
The comparison is apt: August 24's Hit and Run — about a former criminal (Shepard) who leaves the Witness Protection Program to help his fiancee (real-life soon-to-be wife Kristen Bell) land her dream job — shares producers with Wedding Crashers and very R-rated laughs with The Hangover. A delightfully foulmouthed Kristin Chenoweth also stars. Check out the red band trailer below, but remember: "red band" means R-rated and in this case, very much NSFW.
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Eleven-year-old singer/actress/daughter of really famous people Willow Smith caused quite a social-media kerfuffle over the weekend when she posted a photo (left) on Instagram sporting what appears to be a tongue ring.
Not long after, however, her female friend (also pictured at left) posted her own Instagram photo of the girls' piercings with hashtags like #fake, #dontjudge and #justhavingfun — seemingly suggesting that their studs are of the magnetic variety. So ... who knows what to believe?!
If the piercing is real, you'd have to think that Will and Jada would give Willow a little talking-to, if not a full-on grounding ("Go to your wing!" "No publicity for a week!"). Or would they? As E! Online points out, Will did an interview with Parade magazine just last month and implied that he and Jada are somewhat lenient parents.
"When you have a little girl, it's like how can you teach her that you're in control of her body?" Will said. "If I teach her that I'm in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she's going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world. ... She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she's going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself."
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Ever since we heard that Shirley MacLaine was going to be on the third season of international smash hit Downton Abbey playing Lady Cora's American mother, all the fans of the show have been waiting for her to square off against Dame Maggie Smith's wonderfully acerbic Dowager Countess. Finally we got a peek of what that will look like. Clutch your pearls, kiddies, because you're gonna love it.
This weekend TV Land aired the ceremony for American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award which feted MacLaine and featured Downton costar Elizabeth McGovern introducing a clip that shows the first time the audience sees Shirley and Maggie meeting. Of course their tete-a-tete is a passive aggressive clash of petty insults hidden behind the niceties of the day. And two costumes that must have set the wardrobe department back as much money as MacLaine's most recent movie, Bernie, made at the box office.
MacLaine said the isn't going to be what we're expecting, but it's everything we were hoping for, as long as this escalates into them two of them duking it out in the duck pond like an episode of Dynasty. Here's the clip (and sorry about the quality):
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During the taping of her upcoming appearance on Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel's eponymous new talk show (oh yeah, that exists), Kris Jenner opened about pretty much everything. No gossip-fodder topic was out of bounds!
On the topic of still-going-very-strong lovebirds (and soon-to-be newlyweds?) Kim and Kanye West, Kris offered her thoughts — with a slight jab at Kim's ex-barely-husband, Kris Humphries: "With Kim, she falls in love really hard. She’s a hopeless romantic. And I tell all of my children, follow your heart. You know, follow your heart. Do what you feel and what you want. What you think is the right thing to do, but follow your heart. Be happy. ... She’s really good with her intuition. Well, she hasn’t been so right lately. But, I think this one, she’s right about. ... What's a measly little 72 days?"
Oh, and that rumor about her most famous daughter dropping a cool $750,000 on a Lamborghini for 'Ye? She didn't exactly deny it, saying, "Well, she bought him a very beautiful gift, but I don’t have any idea how much it cost."
The Kardashian empire, er, family matriarch also talks about using technology to keep tabs on her famous teenage kids ("I get Google alerts several times a day and it’s so hysterical because I’ll go, 'That’s where my children are.' ... They’ll come home and go, 'Oh, we were at so-and-so’s house.' 'Well, no you weren’t. You were in Malibu at Nobu, because I saw you.'") and the birth-control details of Kim and her other daughters.
Catch a sneak peek at the latter topic below, and check out Kris's entire sit-down with Frankel on Bethenny when it airs Tuesday, June 26! (Check your local listings for time and network.)
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There is only one bad part of the new trailer for Hit & Miss: I don't have DirecTV so I have no clue how I am going to watch this show! It stars Big Love sisterwife Chloë Sevigny as Mia, a transgender assassin. That alone sounds like it would make for a great drama, but she also has to raise the children she fathered with her ex-wife now that the children's mother passed away. Now they have a whole new mother, and a whole world of confusion, which you may or may not have as well. (So, she was a man, fathered some children, divorced their mother, and now lives as a woman who kills people for the mob. Got it?)
Of course this is a British show (if you couldn't tell by the accents, and Connecticut-born Sevigny's is gorgeous) because there is no way that any American station would dream of funding this project, even on the edgier cable channels. Since this was dreamed up by Shameless and State of Play creator Paul Abbott, it certainly has a gold-plated pedigree. Now I have to figure out how soon I can order DirecTV so that I can watch this show when it starts July 11 and not wait for the American version which some network will find a way to completely ruin. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Los Angeles judge has given Jesse Eisenberg the go-ahead to sue Lionsgate for its promotion of a direct-to-DVD movie in which the actor had a cameo.
In 2007, as a favor to his director friends who were filming the low-budget horror movie Camp Hell, Eisenberg agreed to a tiny role. Much to his surprise, however, when the DVD was released in August of last year, Eisenberg — who has obviously shot to superstardom as an actor since his Oscar nomination for The Social Network — was front and center on the DVD cover, with his name above the title.
Accordingly, the star is suing the studio, claiming false advertising and a violation of his right of publicity. Plus, he's seeking $3 million.
Eisenberg's pursuit was tentatively granted on Tuesday by a judge whose ruling essentially stated that Lionsgate's argument of free speech doesn't apply because of the commercial nature of the "content of the materials."
Catch Eisenberg in Woody Allen's lawsuit-free (as far as we know) To Rome with Love, out this Friday.
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Even though we've already seen the Django Unchained trailer, the movie is very much still in production — and apparently still casting roles, since Jonah Hill has joined the Quentin Tarantino neo-Western (after initially dropping out of the film).
It isn't yet clear who Hill will be playing, but Deadline is reporting that it won't be Scotty Harmony, "a kid who loses Django's (Jamie Foxx) slave wife (Kerry Washington)" to Leonardo DiCaprio's evil plantation owner, Calvin Candie. Hill, a Tarantino virgin, joins an already star-studded cast that includes, among many others, Tarantino returnees Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.
It will, however, mark something of a reunion between Hill and DiCaprio, who will soon start filming Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Django is due in theaters on Christmas Day.
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Chris Hemsworth is water-bound after signing up to star in the disaster tale In the Heart of the Sea.
In the true-story film, Hemsworth will play the first mate of a ship attacked by a giant sperm whale, which leads to a shipwreck of potentially cannibalistic proportions. In the Heart of the Sea has been in the works for several years — with everyone from Edward Zwick to Barry Levinson attached to direct at various times — and is said to have inspired Herman Melville's literary classic Moby Dick.
It'll be quite a change — at least settingwise — for Hemsworth, who has already appeared in two blockbusters this summer: the all-star superhero epic The Avengers and the reimagined fairytale adaptation Snow White and the Huntsman. He will be seen next in November's perpetually delayed action remake Red Dawn.
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Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.