Country singer Jason Aldean made his red carpet debut with former mistress Brittany Kerr at the 2014 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (04Jun14).
The Big Green Tractor hitmaker proudly showed off his new girlfriend, a former American Idol contestant, with the pair holding hands and posing for photos at the Nashville, Tennessee prizegiving. The public appearance comes two years after they were embroiled in a 2012 kissing scandal, which led to the end of Aldean's marriage.
He hit headlines after he was photographed locking lips with Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles, and after attempting to repair his marriage to high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery, the singer eventually filed for divorce to end their 12-year union last year (Apr13). Aldean and Kerr officially began dating in March (14), according to Us Weekly.
The genesis of Universal's 47 Ronin is almost as tragic as the actual history that the movie is culling from. As the story goes, Universal saw the sprigs of talent sprouting from fresh faced director Carl Rinsch, whose previous experience was limited to just a couple of commercials and a nifty short film. The studio decided to ease the new director into feature filmmaking by cutting him what amounts to virtually a blank check, and giving him charge over a multi-national samurai fantasy epic. Almost impossibly, the film isn't a complete disaster. It's just a minor one.
47 Ronin follows the classic story of the titular team of warriors, a group of disgraced samurai who band together to seek revenge against a merciless warlord that betrayed and killed their master. But this isn't your grandfather's version of the story. 47 Ronin is an international affair, and it's covered with a veneer of Japanese mysticism and a thick coating of Hollywood lacquer, but east meets west rather uncomfortably, and it's mostly due to Keanu Reeves. Reeves' character is clearly crowbarred into the story that has no room for him, and it's plainly obvious where the seams of the story were stretched in order to patch him into the narrative. Reeves plays Kai, a half Japanese, half English orphan who is adopted by the samurai clan. His character serves no real purpose beyond being white, slicing things until they die, and playing the male lead of the most superfluous love story of the year. Rinsch simply can't make the inclusion of the character feel organic in any way, and "Kai" ends up feeling like a calculated studio move. It's a shame that the film spends so much time on Reeves when the real star is clearly Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays off the stoic samurai most believably among the rest of the cast.
It's also shame that with all the mysticism pumped into the story, there's no magic in the actual center of the film, the ronin themselves. The only personality trait a samurai is allowed to possess seems to be unerring stoicism, and between all 47 ronin, there are probably only three distinct samurai with any discernible character traits beyond an intense need to brood, and you'll probably only remember those three by the time the credits roll, only to promptly forget about them only a few hours later. Thankfully, Rinko Kikuchi's slinky and treacherous witch adds some much needed camp and personality to the mostly forgettable human characters.
And that's the issue with 47 Ronin. It's largely forgettable. When your film takes on a historical legend like the tale of the 47 ronin, a story that has been told and told again ad nauseum over the years, you really need to justify your own version. There are reels and reels of film dedicated to this story, and 47 Ronin doesn't manage to add anything significant to the canon. It promises to weld myth and history together, but does so clumsily, and while some of the action scenes are exciting, especially a particularly inspired set piece that involves the ronin noiselessly breaking into a heavily guarded fortress, the film is a bore when it's not clanking swords together.
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47 Ronin is a film with many stories. As much as it is a tale about the revenge of four dozen masterless samurai, it's also the tale of an inexperienced filmmaker swallowed up by the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking. Most of all though, It's proof that you shouldn't cram Keanu Reeves into a movie that doesn't really need Keanu Reeves. What you're left with is a dull and bloated samurai epic that has its moments, but feels largely unnecessary.
Country star Jason Aldean has blamed poor judgement for the 2012 kissing scandal which led to the end of his marriage. The Big Green Tractor hitmaker hit headlines in September, 2012 after he was photographed locking lips with former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles.
He publicly apologised to his wife Jessica Ussery in a statement published online, admitting he had "too much to drink" and "acted inappropriately", and the high school sweethearts battled to save their marriage for the sake of their kids.
However, Aldean filed for divorce to end the 12-year union in April (13), and now he has opened up about the controversy for the first time, revealing the former couple had been going through its own troubles when he was caught cheating.
In a U.S. TV interview with newswoman Robin Roberts, which aired as part of the special Countdown to the CMA (Country Music Association) Awards show on Tuesday (05Nov13), he said, "It's one of those things where, you know, you go out and you're just hanging out.
"I think the biggest thing is, you know, obviously there was things going on in my marriage at the time where it just wasn't really happy. And you go out and you kind of let your guard down a little bit and things happen, and unfortunately... it's tough."
Aldean claims the media scrutiny which followed only made it more difficult for him to fix his marriage: "When you have to deal with all that stuff in public, I mean, it's hard to - it's hard enough to deal with it in private."
He admits that he's glad the paparazzi took photos of himself leaving the bar with friends - as he had photographic proof that he didn't take the singer back to his hotel.
He says, "Probably the best thing that could have happened that night was... they also took the pictures of me getting in a cab with my buddies."
Country star Jason Aldean is set to open up about his recent divorce in a TV special that will air on TV in America on the same night as the CMA Awards next month (Nov13). The Big Green Tractor singer filed to end his 12-year marriage to Jessica Ussery in April (13), after the couple fought to put a cheating scandal behind them.
Aldean struggled to save his marriage after he was photographed kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a Los Angeles club last year (12).
And now he's sitting down with newswoman Robin Roberts to discuss the love split as part of her Countdown to the CMA Awards special on 5 November (13).
Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will also appear on the show.
Country superstar Jason Aldean has filed for divorce from his wife Jessica Ussery after 12 years of marriage. The Big Green Tractor hitmaker filed legal papers to end their union in Williamstown County, Tennessee on Friday (26Apr13), citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of their split.
The news comes just days after the singer's representative confirmed the couple's relationship was in trouble following rumours the two had parted ways in January (13). The Aldeans reportedly failed to work past the singer's cheating scandal in September (12), when he was snapped kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a Los Angeles club.
On Thursday (25Apr13) his spokesperson told People.com, "I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share with the press at this time. It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
The pair has two daughters - Keeley, 10 and Kendyl, five.
"Memory lane [is about to be] up in the headlights" quite soon for Jason Aldean. The country singer and his wife of 12 years, Jessica Ussery, have decided to end their marriage. Aldean filed for divorce from Ussery on Friday, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, People reports.
On Thursday, Aldean's rep confirmed that the couple were having problems. "I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share with the press at this time," the rep said. "It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
The divorce comes nearly six months after Aldean was pictured getting cozy with American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr. Aldean quickly issued a public apology saying, "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys."
But despite Aldean's apology, Aldean walked the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards without his wife or their daughters Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5 earlier this month.
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Country superstar Jason Aldean and his wife have reportedly split, just months after he was snapped kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a club in Los Angeles. Sources tell Us Weekly magazine that Aldean and Jessica Ussery parted ways in January (13). The couple did not attend the Academy of Country Music Awards together earlier this month (Apr13).
A representative for the singer tells the publication, "I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share at this time. It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
Aldean and his wife tried to work through the cheating scandal, which hit headlines in September (12), and sat down for a joint TV interview in November (12). The star apologised for acting "inappropriately" and "embarrassing" his wife and their kids. When asked how their relationship was following the incident, Aldean said, "I think we're fine. I think anytime you go through anything like that... I mean it's tough. We've been together for a long time and through a lot of things together. Those are things that most people get to deal with in private, but we didn't have the luxury of doing that." The couple wed in 2001.
So, former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr likes to make out with strange men in bars; is that a crime? According to Twitter and Facebook users, it should be — and one that is punishable by public stoning, no less. Kerr came under heavy fire when news broke yesterday of her public make-out session with married country music star Jason Aldean, with online commenters slinging harsh terms like "slut" and "home-wrecker" her way. The criticism was so severe that Kerr decided to delete her Twitter account.
And yet, after so much unwarranted (stay with me) abuse, Kerr is the one apologizing. "The actions I portrayed recently were not a representation of my true character, but a lapse in judgment on my part," Kerr said in a statement to E! News. "I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this, including my friends and family."
In these sorts of extramarital affairs, I strongly believe that both parties are to blame. The only (kinda maybe sorta) exception is when one party doesn't have all the information — like, when one person doesn't know that the other one is married. Which, according to TMZ, is what happened in this case. Sources told TMZ that Kerr had "NO IDEA" (yes, in all caps) Aldean was married, and that "if she would have known, she would have shut the whole thing down from the start." And yet, it is Kerr, not the actually married Aldean, who was forced to shut down her Twitter account to avoid hateful comments.
Whether you believe Kerr's ignorance or not, the lopsided criticism is inexcusable. This affair and its fallout are more than a little reminiscent of the Great Kristen Stewart/ Rupert Sanders Debacle of July 2012, and that's not a good thing. Sanders was the family man, the guy with the ring on his finger, and yet Stewart had to deal with "Trampire" T-shirts and Internet backlash. And do you know why that is? It's because women, like Stewart and Kerr, are inherently seductive, salacious creatures who want nothing more than to ensnare innocent, unsuspecting husbands in their lustful webs. The married men who conveniently forget that they have wives at home, meanwhile, are just "boys being boys." This is obviously the most logical explanation.
No, I'm sorry, there is no logical explanation for letting the man off Scot-free. It takes two to tango, social media commenters! Can't we share the blame (and while we're at it, tone down the inflammatory language)? I'm not asking that we give celebrities a free pass when they commit indiscretions, but I would like to encourage everyone to distribute their blame evenly. Both parties acted reprehensibly here, lets act accordingly. End rant.
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Country star Jason Aldean is singin' a brand new tune and it's called "Fessin' Up in Regards to My Cheatin' Ways." Perhaps you've heard it before, since it's recently been sung by the likes of Kristen Stewart and Arnold Schwarzenegger and is the focus of just about every country song ever, including some of Aldean's.
Over the weekend, photos surfaced on the Internet of the 35-year-old musician getting awfully close with someone who wasn't his wife Jessica Ussery. (The pair, who have been married since 2001, have two children together). TMZ claims that the grainy blonde Aldean is getting cozy with is American Idol alum Brittany Kerr. On Sunday Aldean opted to ignore Shaggy's advice and took to his Facebook page to address the scandal head-on.
"Hey Guys — I wanted to talk to you directly, so you were hearing the truth from me and not just reading allegations made about my personal life on gossip web sites," Aldean he wrote, adding, "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."
While the country crooner's admission was plenty sufficient in the apology department, why not say it the best way he knows how? Through song! We've compiled some of Aldean's own lyrics and crafted a country song about cheatin' hearts and feelin' sad. (Is there any other kind?) Check out Aldean's "new" apology here called "I Believe in Ghosts Even If I Wanted To I Break Everything I Touch Why? It Ain't Easy A Grown Woman Asphalt Cowboy Lonesome USA." (Top that, Fiona!)
"Well, I'm haunted by a memory That won't leave or let me go Man I've tried to kill the pain by shooting whiskey through my brain But it never works it only makes it worse I'm on the brink/ I can barely think With all of these thoughts runnin' through my head Wonderin' if I did you wrong? I could make some excuses, but darlin' the truth is I'm just the reckless kind It's 3 AM and I finally say I'm sorry for acting that way I didn't really mean to make you cry Don't know why I do the things I do Must be I love to light the fuse You're supposed to treat your lover At least as good as your neighbor Pay no mind to my lonely heart I just ride, ride. Lonesome USA, population one since yesterday."
C'mon, how is that not a country smash waiting to happen, y'all?!
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"Sorry if my snoring bothered you."
Those are not the first words I'd expect out of the mouth of someone who got up on a Friday morning to catch the 10:30 AM screening of a new movie but that is more or less what the fellow who'd been sitting behind me said as I passed him on my way out. I'd heard him snoring over the constant rat-a-tat-tat of bullets and butt-kicking being doled out by Milla Jovovich et al in this latest iteration of the never-ending Resident Evil series (this time in IMAX 3D) but I figured maybe I was hearing things. Nope he was asleep.
I used to play Resident Evil on my ancient PlayStation when it first came out. It scared the crap out of me. I enjoyed the first two movies — hey they included the skinless zombie dogs! — but I lost interest soon after that. How many times can you make the zombie apocalypse exciting? How many different skintight outfits can Jovovich wear while killing grotesque creatures who shoot evil grasping tentacles out of their mouths? Why should we care about all the blood and guts when we know the people we're supposed to be emotionally invested in will never die? We don't.
Try as he might there are only so many ways for writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson to give the Resident Evil series fresh new layers for each new movie. The Umbrella Corporation is the big bad. They were playing with biological weapons and somehow there was an accident that let one of the viruses loose... and boom you've got a zombie apocalypse on your hands. Our heroine is Alice played by Milla Jovovich and there is a rotating cast of characters who help her fight the good fight against the hordes of brain-eaters and whatever is left of the Umbrella Corporation that's now after her. There are some parallels to the video game series but Paul W.S. Anderson (a gamer himself) has taken lots of liberties with the basic plot over the years. While Anderson's flashy style is especially suited to these types of movies there's not enough plot to make it work.
We don't go to video game movies for plot of course but there has to be something to hold onto; otherwise why would we care if our protagonist were in danger? Anderson tries some neat tricks to snap us back to attention like bringing back characters that were killed in previous movies and throwing in a cloning subplot that calls into question some of the characters' true identities but it's still hard to get worked up about anything onscreen. However it ultimately sidesteps any deeper ideas that might take our attention away from all the guns. And there are so many guns and explosions and elegant butt-kickings doled out by Milla and her pals (or former pals in the case of Michelle Rodriguez's character Rain) that they blend together.
It is especially difficult to work up any interest in the story because it's a franchise and no matter how many times the stars or director might say they're not that interested in doing another everyone is just waiting to see how much money this will make before deciding to go forward. There is no question how franchise movies will end; there will be no derring-do on the part of the writer or director to actually kill off a beloved character permanently. At one point it seemed like Anderson was going to pull the old "And then she woke up!" trick which would have been bold both because it's such a hackneyed idea that it would make writing professors' heads explode all over the world but also because it would have required Anderson to play in a different universe and expand his repertoire a bit. Alas like Alice and Anderson himself we just can't seem to escape this rabbit hole.