Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp has replaced Zendaya Coleman in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Coleman pulled out of the project last month (Jun14) after she was bombarded with negative remarks following her casting as the late R&B singer.
Executives at U.S. TV network Lifetime put the film on hold following her departure, but now the movie is up and running again with Shipp as the lead and TV talk show queen Wendy Williams on board as a producer.
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is scheduled to debut on Lifetime later this year (14).
The singer was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Police have been called in to deal with an obsessed fan who has allegedly been showing up at the studio where TV star Wendy Williams films her talk show, according to a U.S. report. Staff at The Wendy Williams Show called cops to report a man who had allegedly been attempting to gain access to the TV studio in New York City and once slipped past security guards, reports New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The publication states concerned employees requested police assistance after the fan continued to show up at the studio despite being told to stay away.
It is not known what action was taken against the unnamed man.
Actor Terry Crews' past pornography obsession almost wrecked his marriage, because his guilty secret turned him into a sex addict. The Expendables star grew up in a strict religious home, where his mother and father both struggled with their own addictions, and he began to use pornography as an escape when he was 12 years old.
He tells U.S. TV host Wendy Williams, "We weren't allowed to play sports, we weren't allowed to watch movies...
"It was one of those things that took me and it medicated me and here's the problem, I never told anyone. I didn't tell my wife for years."
Crews reveals his addiction grew and he gambled with his marriage when he was unfaithful to his wife of 25 years, Rebecca.
He adds, "It's one of things where the pornography addiction turned into something else. You can't have something like that in your life without it growing into something else."
Actor Terry Crews has revealed he's partially deaf. The Expendables star has had hearing difficulties since he was a young child and he has become adept at reading lips, so he can communicate with others in loud places.
He tells U.S. TV host Wendy Williams, "It was something I grew up with and what was wild is, I went and saw a doctor and she covered her mouth and started talking and asked me to repeat what she said, and I couldn't and I didn't even know it.
"It's one of the reasons why I'm so loud."
New York jeweller Mr. Flawless has dismissed reports suggesting Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange were shopping at his store days after video footage of them allegedly fighting in an elevator surfaced. Beyonce's husband and sister hit headlines on Monday (12May14) when surveillance video footage from inside an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City appeared to show Solange hitting and kicking the 99 Problems hitmaker as they left a Met Gala afterparty on 5 May (14).
On Tuesday (13May14), editors at TMZ.com reported the rapper and his sister-in-law had been spotted perusing high-end jewellery at Mr. Flawless, but the jeweller has now spoken to U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams to clear up the rumours.
She says, "We call Mr. Flawless and he says, 'No, Solange and Jay Z were not here checking out jewellery'..."
The parties have not spoken out about the incident, but on Tuesday Solange reportedly deleted photos of herself with sister Beyonce from her Instagram.com account, while the Crazy in Love hitmaker moved to end reports of a feud on Wednesday (14May14) by posting four candid snaps of the sisters having fun in the past.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Jay Z put on a united front on Monday night by sitting courtside at a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat in New York.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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As grand as the themes of good and evil, needs and deservings, power and responsibility and such forth are, superhero movies are generally pretty straightforward in premise: hero stops villain from wreaking havoc. As off-putting as this kind of simplicity might sound, it's usually the right way to go. If you pack enough substance into your characters and adhere your plot to these linear margins, you can actually wind up saying a healthy amount (and having a lot of fun). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets half of this formula down pat. Although Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is still a moreover undistinguished identity, his emotional magnitude (re: his relationship with Gwen Stacy) is enough to keep him valid through the storm of lunacy that is his second feature. And it's not even that lunacy that holds him back. The problem isn't how wild his conquests are, how silly some of the action sequences feel, or how absolutely bonkers his villains turn out to be. It's all the other stuff (and yes, if you can believe it, there's a ton more going on in this movie than what I've already mentioned — that's the issue). All the plot twists, tertiary mysteries, ominous flashbacks, abject reveals, and weightlessly sinister pawns in this brooding game that, save for its fun with the baddies, takes itself way too seriously. All that stuff that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 thinks is necessary to make Peter Parker matter? It actually does just the opposite.
Peter is at his best when he's playing Tracy and Hepburn with the girlfriend he's perpetually disappointing (the eternally charming Emma Stone), or trying to win back the favor of the only remaining parental figure from whom he's rapidly slipping away (Sally Field, reminding us why she's a household name), or angling to connect with the mentally unstable engineer who just wants people to notice him (Jamie Foxx working his comic shtick with a frightening zest). We have the most fun with Peter when he's playing the simplest games, and we connect best with him on similar ground. But Peter and company, at the behest of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise's Sandman-sized aspirations, spend so much time exploring new avenues: the secrets surrounding the death and work of Richard Parker, the behind-the-curtains operations of OsCorp, the nefarious goings on in the waterside penitentiary Ravencroft.
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As a result of the grand stab at world building, there is just so much stuff that Peter has to wade through in this movie, dragging the likes of Gwen and his boyhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, mastering angst, menace, and upper-class privilege all at once) into the dark crevasses of narrative waste. With so many diversions into the emotionally vacant, deliberately joyless explorations of Parker family origin stories, secret brief cases, and underground subways — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rivals Captain America: The Winter Soldier in complexity, but forgets the necessary ingredient of fun — we barely have enough energy left when the good stuff hits.
And in truth, the good stuff isn't really good enough to sustain us through all the duller periods. Garfield and Stone do have laudable chemistry. Foxx is a hoot as Peter's maniacal new foe, especially when paired with the grimacing DeHaan. And the action, while often straying from any aesthetic authenticity, is nothing shy of neat-o. It's all passable, occasionally worthy of a hearty smile, but rarely anything you'll be definitively pleased you took the time to see.
But beyond coming up short in the micro, the film's regal downfall is its scope. With so much to do, both in accomplishing its own necessary plot points and setting up for those to come in future films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't seem to take time to make sure it's having fun with its own premise. And if it isn't having fun, we won't be either.
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Veteran actress Valerie Bertinelli has been forced to put her exercise regime on hold after breaking her foot earlier this year (14). The Hot In Cleveland star, 53, has struggled with weight issues for years and previously regained her figure by adopting a strict work out plan and relying on the help of nutritionists at diet firm Jenny Craig, for which she served as a spokesmodel.
However, Bertinelli admits she has been letting herself go a little in recent months as she waits for her foot to fully heal.
She tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I broke my foot at the beginning of the year so it's been a little hard for me to work out, so you feel the weight creeping back on and there's not much you can do about it except bring your portion sizes way down, and I'm not about to do that! So I just need to get moving more, but I feel good... I just want this foot to get better already."
R&B star Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle has confessed to undergoing cosmetic treatment to boost her butt. The former Xscape singer/songwriter, who is married to rapper T.I., has become known for showing off her curves in photos on Instagram.com, and now she has revealed her figure isn't all natural.
She made the confession during an appearance on America's The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (25Mar14) when she was asked if she had "a natural booty or a bought booty", to which she replied, "It's a little both."
She stopped short of revealing exactly what she'd had done to her backside, but Cottle did state that she had previously undergone surgery to improve the look of her breasts too, adding, "They're bought. I've always had a lot of boobs (sic), but after three babies, they started to sag."
But there is one part of her body the 38 year old has decided against having work on - her nose.
She said, "I thought about it but it's my dad nose so I just feel like, you know, (I don't want to touch it)."
Cottle's father, Charles Pope, died last year (13).
R&B singer/songwriter Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle has blamed a finger injury for failing to wear her wedding ring amid ongoing rumours suggesting her marriage to rapper T.I. is on the rocks. Speculation surrounding the status of the couple's relationship has been swirling online for several weeks after T.I. left the former Xscape star to walk the red carpet at the Grammy Awards solo, while weeks later he also publicly criticised his wife for posting a photo on Instagram.com showing off her slim waist and backside.
Cottle has fuelled the troubled marriage claims by recently stepping out without her wedding ring, but she has now spoken out to clear up the allegations.
She says, "We had a couple fights and we were arguing. We argue all the time though. We had this one big fall out about the Grammys... but no, we're still together. No divorce, we're just normal. We go through the same things that everybody does."
Explaining the reason for her missing engagement and wedding bands, she tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I jammed my finger so I can't even fit it (on my finger). For real, it's a big rock. I would like to wear it."
The couple, which has two kids and four stepchildren together, began dating in 2001 and wed in 2010.