Poor Jerry O'Connell. Yet another show of his got scrapped. This time it was the underwhelming We Are Men, canceled after just two episodes. This is nothing new for O'Connell. His star doesn't shine as bright anymore.
Gone are the days of shuffling to different worlds in Sliders. He can't fly away using spray paint cans (who thought that was a viable method of transportation?) in My Secret Identity. It's not all bad for O'Connell. After all, he is married to Rebecca Romijn.
The former child star needs to recognize his role. He's a supplementary actor who's fully capable of succeeding as long as he's not the star. He can't be the leader of an ensemble cast either.
O'Connell's IMDB resume has many credits but few recent hits. There is one role that only he is qualified to play and it could be hilarious: Trip McNeely.
Yes, the beer-chugging wash-up from Can't Hardly Wait should have his own movie. Or TV show. Or web series.
The potential is great for a Trip-centered story. He was the jock who had it all in high school, but began to falter in college. Warts on his feet and poor choices in women were just the beginning of his problems.
What hilarious misadventures could be in store for Trip? O'Connell's brief cameo piqued enough interest for him to be a memorable character. Heck, there's an urban dictionary entry about him!
For added comic effect, cast Peter Facinelli as Mike Dexter, Can't Hardly Wait's high school top dog. Mike seemed destined to follow Trip's life path.
Success in Hollywood is never guaranteed. But a Trip McNeely movie or TV show is O'Connell's best bet at making it as a leading man now.
Don't forget the six pack, Trip.
Twilight star Peter Facinelli's actress girlfriend Jaimie Alexander dared to bare on the red carpet at the Thor: The Dark World premiere on Monday night (04Nov13), choosing to go underwear-free in a revealing Azzaro Couture gown. The sexy 29 year old, who plays Lady Sif in the Thor sequel, stole the show at the star-studded Hollywood screening wearing a black sheer dress that only just covered her breasts, butt and genitals.
The stunning, figure-hugging gown featured a see-through panel that snaked down her sleek body from her neckline to her ankles - but it left little to the imagination.
Alexander has been dating Facinelli, 40, for just over a year.
In preparation for the December release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, seven new posters for director Peter Jackson's second installment of the Hobbit trilogy have been released via the film's Facebook page. And if the posters are any indication of what's to come, it looks like Bilbo Baggins and his gang of warriors are more than ready for battle.
The posters feature the familiar faces of Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thranduil (Lee Pace), and introduce the characters Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). While the posters are epic, we're slightly disappointed that there isn't a group shot of our favorite gang of dwarfs or one of the villain of the film, Smaug (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Hopefully, we can look forward to seeing a few more posters before the film is released.
Check out all seven of the posters below:
Bilbo Baggins finally knows how to wield his sword... maybe.The Hobbit/Facebook
Thorin is prepared to lead the battle of all battles.The Hobbit/Facebook
Gandalf might be secretly homeless.The Hobbit/Facebook
Bard the Bowman is ready to give Legolas a run for his money.The Hobbit/Facebook
But it's okay because Legolas can pierce his victims with his arrow and his eyes.The Hobbit/Facebook
Tauriel is beyond fierce.The Hobbit/Facebook
And Thranduil is the prettiest elf of them all. Just look at that headpiece.The Hobbit/Facebook
The Desolation Of Smaug follows Bilbo, Gandalf, the dwarves, and the elves as they continue their journey to take back their gold from the dragon, Smaug. The film hits theaters on Dec. 13.
Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer has opened up further about her one-time involvement with a cult, where leaders pushed members to exist without food or water. The Scarface star became involved with a controlling couple when she first moved to Hollywood in her early 20s, revealing they attempted to convert the star to breatharianism - a cult which follows the belief that people can live only on the energy from sunlight, and do not need nourishment from food.
The actress tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism. They were very controlling. I wasn't living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more.
"I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining. They believe that people in their highest state were breatharian."
The star admits it took a film about the followers of Korean religious leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church she helped her former husband, actor and filmmaker Peter Horton, research that made her realise she was part of a cult.
She adds, "We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked."
Actress Michelle Monaghan has become a mum for a second time after giving birth to a baby boy. The Source Code star and her husband, graphic artist Peter White, welcomed Tommy Francis on Wednesday (30Oct13).
Monaghan and White, who tied the knot in 2005, are already parents to five-year-old daughter Willow Katherine.
Sir Elton John's bodyguard is getting his own moment in the spotlight after winning a contest to land the cover of a top fitness magazine. Peter Howe, 34, has beaten his fellow musclebound competitors to be named the champion of Men's Health's annual model search.
He will now star on the cover of the publication's December (13) issue.
A former U.S. Marine, Howe now helps protect the Rocket Man and his family as they jet around the world.
Men's Health Editor Toby Wiseman says, "He personifies everything the Men's Health man should be - a natural in front of the camera and a down-to-earth guy. The competition was very tough, but he is a more than worthy winner."
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The success of Ender's Game rests on the shoulders of one grand assumption: that everybody in the audience, everybody in the world, wishes they could have gone to space camp. And for the most part, that's true. The idea of space camp was, even to those of us stricken with cloying vertigo, heaven. We all wanted to don astronaut suits and float through anti-gravity rooms, blasting away at each other with lasers and learning the tricks of the extraterrestrial warfare trade. Those dazzling dreams are the principal meat of Gavin Hood's adaptation of the controversial classic — the majority of the time we spend with Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), we're alongside him in battle school. We're watching video footage of a battalion laying waste to an army of invaders, and zipping weightlessly along in high-stakes games of space rugby. So, through these chapters, we're having fun.
And it's not entirely untethered fun. Along the way, Ender endures the sort of coming-of-age traumas we've seen in every preteen protagonist from Sean Astin to Daniel Radcliffe. He doesn't fit in. He doesn't know who he is. He doesn't like what he's becoming. It's not difficult material to wrestle with, but it's just enough substance to give us a reason for caring about whether or not he beats the Napoleonic school bully in tactical games, or wins special affection from fellow soldier Hailee Steinfeld.
But this story of a growing boy struggling with his intellectual gifts and emotional curses finds itself planted clumsily in the middle of a movie that wants to be about something else. Even if you've read the book, or heard the "big reveal" from loud-mouthed friends of yours who don't revere spoiler etiquette, you'll be surprised by the ending for Ender. Because it comes out of nowhere.
The character's emotional journey is bound so tenuously to the narrative around him that you'll be confused at exactly what is going on when the two collide. You'll question whether or not you nodded during a scene that might have tied everything together, or challenge your own capacity for picking up subtle signals. Don't be so hard on yourself; Ender's Game wants to conquer two worlds (one inside its hero, the other outside its spaceships), but doesn't dive far enough into either to make it so. The script only scratches the surface of its science-fiction backdrop, and only the broadest of strokes are painted with Ender — he's not a complex enough character to warrant the psychological suspension of disbelief that the film eventually asks of its viewer.
But he doesn't need to be, nor do these tasks really need to be conquered, for Ender's Game to be a good time. With just enough of a sob story to ground the movie, a surprisingly warm performance by the larger-than-life headmaster (Harrison Ford) — that is, when he's not standing up slowly and peering in awe directly through the camera — and, most importantly, all the anti-gravity fun you can ask for, Ender's Game works just fine for anyone looking to float free from the world for two hours.
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Bruce Springsteen has been forced to relive his most embarrassing onstage moment for a new DVD box set of Amnesty International concert movies. The Boss agreed to sit down and talk about his experiences with the human rights organisation for a new DVD box set product, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and he reveals he was left cringing after agreeing to be part of a star-studded 1998 Paris gig at the last minute.
Springsteen recalls, "We were in Europe somewhere and they (Amnesty bosses) got in touch and said, 'Hey, they're doing the anniversary show, do you wanna do it?' and I said, 'I don't have my band together at the moment but I'll come over with my guitar'.
"They said, 'We'd like you to go on after Led Zeppelin!' I said, 'I'm playing by myself. I don't think I wanna go on right after Led Zeppelin. How about I go on before Led Zeppelin?'
"So we gave the guitar to one of the road guys... and I went out and he came and he handed it to me and I went to the mic and it was completely out of tune, like, horrendously, unbelievably, horrifically, embarrassingly, you're-finished-go-home out of tune.
"There was an enormous commotion. I handed it back and I think I sat down on the stage for a while. The difficulty was it was a French audience, so I had nothing to say. Peter Gabriel comes out, who speaks French pretty well, and launches into obviously some excuse for me; what that was I don't know, and I'm sitting on a speaker watching him.
"The guitar comes back, it's still pretty badly in shape, but I manage to get it somewhat in tune and if you ever see all the footage... it was hilarious."
The footage exists but it won't feature among the 12-hours of Amnesty concert footage in the six-DVD box set, released next week (beg04Nov13).
Actor Peter Facinelli is set to star in a gritty new TV series about U.S. crime boss Whitey Bulger's enforcer Eddie MacKenzie. The Twilight star, whose role has yet to be announced, will also executive produce the show, which is based on MacKenzie’s memoir titled Street Soldier: My Life As An Enforcer For Whitey Bulger And The Boston Irish Mob.
The series will chronicle how the boxer and drug dealer managed to leave Bulger's gang without being killed, according to Deadline.com.
Street Soldier is not the only Bulger project in the works - Matt Damon is set to star as the notorious gangster in an untitled film directed by pal Ben Affleck, while Johnny Depp was previously attached to the lead role in Black Mass, but has reportedly dropped out.
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland has apologised after she angered fans by donning Native American dress while preparing for Halloween. The 18-year-old model took to Twitter.com to show fans possible costumes for the annual celebration on Thursday (30Oct13), with one option being the Indian Chief from Disney's Peter Pan.
After uploading a snap of her wearing a feathered headdress and sporting coloured stripes on her cheeks, Baldwin faced a backlash from some followers, who accused her of racism.
She went on to apologise for causing any offence, but angrily lashed out at critics who got personal.
She writes, "Ok everyone. I apologize if my Halloween costume offended you and your culture PERSONALLY. However, I don't apologize to a majority... Of you who thought it was necessary to return the favor with a lot of hateful mentions. A Native American costume was AN OPTION at a Halloween store. I respect all cultures and I would never mock one.
"I am Cherokee Indian and I am also well aware of what many tribes encountered in the past. And for some of you pathetic morons to bring my family and other matters into the discussion, you are all sad excuses for human beings. People make mistakes, everyone. I made a mistake and I apologize if it offended."
The blonde beauty's actress mother reportedly has Cherokee Native American ancestry.