Some comedies fail because of poor execution their humor somehow lost in the transition from script to screen. Others like the Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler rom-com The Bounty Hunter are doomed from the outset lacking even the potential to be funny even in the best of circumstances. If you substituted Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in the lead roles and screened the film in a theater pumped full of nitrous oxide you would still hear nary a laugh emitted from the audience.
Continuing his tragic post-300 freefall Butler plays Milo a scruffy irascible cop-turned-bounty hunter with a pile of debt and a mounting drinking problem. The source of his troubles we learn is his pugnacious ex-wife Nicole (Aniston) a hot-shot investigative journalist who walked out on him a little less than a year ago. On the trail of a potentially explosive news story career-obsessed Nicole unwisely opts to skip a bail hearing relating to her accidental injuring of a police horse some months prior. When the fed-up judge declares her a fugitive a still-resentful Milo is only too happy to bring her to justice. Nicole unsurprisingly refuses to go quietly.
Aniston and Butler are both charismatic enough to form a decent screwball rapport (though Butler increasingly speaks as if his mouth is stuffed with peanut butter) but neither possesses the comic chops necessary to extract lemonade from the rancid lemons of The Bounty Hunter’s lifeless script which might as well have been sketched on a bar napkin the night before the shoot for all its imagination. Not helping matters is veteran rom-com director Andy Tennant (Fool’s Gold Hitch) whose most significant contribution is a handful of wacky chase sequences borrowed straight from Benny Hill (They leave one side of the screen then return on the other! Whoa!) set to the nu-metal equivalent of Yakety Sax.
This appallingly unfunny rom-com is a crime against comedy. Lock it up and throw away the key.
Montag sparked rumours her marriage to Pratt was in jeopardy after revealing she was no longer managed by her partner and had signed her psychic healer, Aiden Chase, as her full-time rep.
The star has worked with Chase since undergoing a staggering ten cosmetic surgeries in 24 hours.
But things have already soured between the pair, with Montag announcing she has parted company from Chase following his "behaviour" on the set of her new movie Just Go With It.
She tells People.com, "I have decided to part ways with Mr. Chase both as a manager and as a psychic and will scrutinise my business decisions more carefully in the future. I will now be managing my own career as a strong and independent woman.
"Unfortunately recent behaviour by Mr. Chase on (the) set of both Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman and The Hills have made me question this decision."
However, Chase insists he hasn't been notified of his behaviour or his dismissal - and denies he tried to poach Montag's The Hills co-star Audrina Patridge as a client.
He adds, "At this time, I am not aware of any change in my business relationship with Heidi Montag... Heidi invited me to the set of Just Go With It and the terms of our financial agreement are in line with standard manager/talent agreements. I spoke with Audrina Patridge briefly when I was on the set of The Hills with Heidi recently, but never discussed being her manager."
The Hills star has landed a cameo role in the romantic comedy, which boasts an all-star cast including Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Montag writes, "I was just cast in my first feature film comedy! I start filming Monday!!!!! This is one of the best days of my life!!! Getting ice cream to celebrate."
The movie is set for release next year (11)
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Nicole Kidman is in talks for Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Sports Illustrated cover model Brooklyn Decker has also joined the Dennis Dugan-directed project.
Sandler will play a man who recruits Aniston to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife and pretends her children are his family.
Variety reports Kidman is looking at an uncredited role that insiders describe as similar in comedic scope - funnily enough - to Tom Cruise's uncredited turn in "Tropic Thunder."
Decker will play a young girl who catches Sandler’s eye, says Screen. Further, Dave Matthews, who has appeared in two previous Sandler films, has signed on to play a supporting role.
Production is set to begin in LA in March for a Valentine's Day 2011 release.
Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
A babysitter has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court alleging the German shepherd, named Floyd Von Meierhof, attacked and bit her while she was working for the actress.
Robinson's husband Craig Snyder told the New York Daily News he had not yet seen the suit.
It's not the first time the pooch has been involved in a legal spat - Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony were sued by a flight attendant, housekeeper and personal assistant who all claimed to have been hurt by Floyd.
The couple got rid of the dog in 2007 - when Robinson purchased Floyd for $35,000 (£21,875).
While Hollywood's elite, including Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck and Mel Gibson manned a bank of telephones in Los Angeles, tens of millions of TV viewers were treated to a string of performances from chart-topping stars in LA, New York and London.
Alicia Keys kicked off proceedings with a performance of her hit Prelude to a Kiss, before Chris Martin teamed up with Beyonce to
perform her song Halo.
Bruce Springsteen followed Keys with a rendition of folk song We Shall Overcome; Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban sang Lean on Me; Madonna performed Like A Prayer; Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris covered Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah and Jennifer Hudson belted out Let it Be.
Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono and the Edge united in London to perform Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) - a track Bono and Jay-Z wrote over the phone especially for the telethon.
Neil Young and Dave Matthews rounded out the night with a sombre duet of Hank Williams song Alone and Forsaken.
Other performers on the night included Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay and Taylor Swift.
Between performances, stars including Denzel Washington, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman and Matt Damon shared the stories of just some of the earthquake's victims.
Speaking to MTV after the event, Clooney said, "I hope we made some money out of this. The only way to make this a success is to make a considerable amount of money."
The telethon was beamed live into 640 million homes around the globe, and all performances are available for purchase on iTunes, with proceeds going to benefit earthquake victims.
To donate, visit Hopeforhaitinow.org.
Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony were sued earlier this month (Nov09) by flight attendant Lisa Wilson, who claims she has suffered serious back problems after the couple's German Shepherd, Floyd, knocked her over on the pair's private jet.
Wilson, who filed legal papers at New York's Brooklyn Federal Court, insists the 2006 incident would never have happened if the dog was better trained.
However, Floyd has one person who is willing to stand up for his character in court - Robinson, who bought the dog from K-9 security outfit in South Carolina in 2007 following a robbery at her New York apartment.
Anthony previously bought the pooch from the company, but later returned him.
And Robinson and her husband Craig Snyder insist there is no way Floyd would have acted aggressively.
Snyder tells the New York Daily News, "I will go to court to defend Floyd's honour. You can get security dogs for half or one-third of the price, but to me those dogs would pose a risk to my family.
"Cheaper dogs are not trained to distinguish between a real threat and a kid who pulls their tail. (This) dog is 100 per cent peace of mind.
"Floyd acts like a big baby puppy who just wants to be loved."
Pop sensation Taylor Swift stole the show at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, scooping five AMAs.
Swift won the coveted Artist of the Year award and was also named Favorite Pop/Rock Female, Favorite Country Female and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. Her album Fearless was also named Favorite Country Music Album.
The singer stayed up late to continue her recent winning streak, collecting the prizes via a satellite link from London, after rehearsing for a forthcoming show there.
Late King of Pop Michael Jackson was the night's other headline-grabber, scooping four awards and setting a new AMA record for most wins.
Jackson was named Favorite Soul/R&B Male and Favorite Pop/Rock Male, and his Number Ones album won the Favorite Pop and Favorite Soul/R&B Album awards -- earning him his 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th AMAs.
The posthumous prizes were collected by his brother Jermaine, wearing a single sequined glove and accompanied on the first occasion by his three sons Jaffar, Jermajesty and Jeremy.
Jay-Z was another of the night's big winners, taking the Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Male and Favorite Rap/Hop Album awards. His wife Beyonce skipped the ceremony, but claimed the Favorite Soul/R&B Female award.
Other winners included Green Day, who were named Favorite Alternative Rock Group, and Rascal Flatts, who collected the Favorite Country Duo/Band award for the fourth straight year.
Keith Urban won Favorite Country Male Artist, and dedicated the award to his wife Nicole Kidman and daughter Sunday, telling the crowd, "To my wife, I love you so much baby girl. This is for you and Sunday."
Elsewhere, the show, screened live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, was dominated by pop music's premiere divas.
Janet Jackson opened proceedings with an eight-minute medley of her hits, and Whitney Houston rolled back the years with an emotional performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." The diva was awarded the International Artist Award prize, which she dedicated to her daughter Bobbi Kristina and her record boss Clive Davis.
The audience was also treated to spectacular performances from Lady GaGa, who played a burning piano while wearing a flesh-colored leotard, and Jennifer Lopez, who performed new track "Louboutins" in a makeshift boxing ring -- and accidentally slipped on her backside.
Rihanna also wowed, wearing strips of bandage to spare her blushes as she entered the stage strapped to a spinning wheel -- and the Black Eyed Peas performed a medley of the hits that kept them on the top of the charts for six months in 2009, accompanied by dancers dressed as robots.
There were also performances from Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Green Day, Shakira, Eminem and 50 Cent, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado and American Idol star Adam Lambert, who wrapped up the night with a bizarre, x-rated display.
The full list of AMA winners is as follows:
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group - The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Country duo/band - Rascal Flatts (fourth year in a row)
Favorite Pop/Rock Female - Taylor Swift
Favorite Alternative Rock - Green Day
Favorite Soul/R&B Male - Michael Jackson
Favorite Country Male Artist - Keith Urban
Favorite Soul/R&B Female - Beyonce
Breakthrough Artist Awards - Gloriana (beating Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Keri Hilson)
International Award of Excellence - Whitney Houston
Favorite Country Female - Taylor Swift
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist - Michael Jackson
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
Favorite Pop/Rock Album - Michael Jackson, Number Ones
Favorite Country Music Album - Taylor Swift, Fearless
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album – Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Soul/R&B Album - Michael Jackson, Number Ones
Favorite Soundtrack - Twilight
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Latin Music Artist - Aventura
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist - Mary Mary
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Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein spoke of his "daily struggle" to cope with life just weeks before his tragic death from a suspected drug overdose.
The DJ survived a plane crash that claimed the lives of four people in September last year -- but the incident left him deeply traumatized.
Last month, he spoke of his battle to come to terms with the fact that he and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker survived the horrific accident in South Carolina while others died.
Goldstein said, "There's no reason why I should have lived or why I lived and they didn't. And it's something I struggle with every day."
The DJ was found dead on Friday at his New York apartment, where authorities reportedly found drug paraphernalia.
Goldstein was born in Philadelphia in 1973 and lived a troubled childhood, turning to food to deal with an abusive father he later learned was gay and a drug addict.
By his early 20s, Goldstein had fallen into a deep depression, battling an addiction to crack cocaine that took hold of his life and eventually drove him to attempt suicide at 24.
The star put a loaded gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger but the weapon jammed, a moment he later described as a turning point that prompted him to eventually give up drugs and undergo gastric bypass surgery to drastically lose weight.
He gained early fame for his involvement with the rock band Crazy Town, but grabbed even more headlines after embarking on a relationship with Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole, to whom he was engaged in 2005.
His career picked up speed as he found work remixing on albums for stars including Madonna and Will Smith, while booking live work scratching at A-list private parties for Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, among others.
He also collaborated with Barker as the hip-hop-rock duo TRV$DJAM, but their careers were halted and lives changed forever after the horrific plane crash in South Carolina.
Barker and Goldstein, the only survivors of the tragedy, were admitted to a Georgia hospital in critical condition with severe burns.
Goldstein's ex-girlfriend, pop star Mandy Moore, rushed to be by his bedside as he recovered, and the pair briefly reconciled their relationship before breaking up in December 2008.
He made his live comeback performing alongside rapper Jay-Z on stage in October, but when he sued the jet company two months later, his lawsuit revealed he was seeking damages for "pain, suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress, disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning."
The recovering addict admitted he was seeking psychological help to come to terms with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, telling People.com he had nightmares about a man chasing him with a blowtorch.
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