The X-Files star revealed to the April (12) issue of Out magazine she was involved in a lesbian love affair for "a long time" during her high school years and also confessed to same-sex flings.
Anderson now admits her big reveal was spurred on by her grief after learning a former partner had passed away in 2011.
She tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "I was talking to Out about gays and choice, and the view that you can just choose not to be gay in some way. I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago - a woman - passed away about a year ago.
"I was talking about her and, in the context of the gentle conversation we were having, I thought I would say that I have had a couple of relationships with women, but that wasn't my experience because I did have a choice. I always knew I still liked boys.
"Being gay was never something that I identified with 100 per cent, because I knew that for me it wasn't the only way. I haven't spoken up about it before because there isn't the same fear and stigma now that there was. But she had just passed and I just wanted to speak about it in a matter-of-fact kind of way."
Director Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom has set a new U.S. box office record as the movie with the best weekend opening from a limited release.
The independent film, which stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray, tells the story of a young boy and girl who run away together in the 1960s.
It premiered at just four theatres across New York and Los Angeles over the weekend (25-27May12), and despite only hosting a few screenings, the project took in a whopping $523,006 (£326,879) in ticket sales.
The feat equates to a per-theatre average of $130,752 (£81,720), which bests the previous live-action record set by Jennifer Hudson's 2006 musical Dreamgirls ($126,317/£78,948).
Hailing the film's success, a statement released by Focus Features studio boss James Schamus reads, "Moonrise is a story of love's improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labour of love from start to finish. How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at Focus, for this remarkable, record-breaking opening."
The movie debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this month (16May12).
Cinematic darling Wes Anderson has returned to the screen, and lovers of aesthetics and indie sensibilities have spoken: Moonrise Kingdom is a hit. The Focus Features film opened in Los Angeles and New York this weekend, taking in $509,000. While that number seems paltry by Men in Black 3 standards, consider this: Moonrise Kingdom, which opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews, only played on four screens this weekend—meaning each screen took in about $127,500.
According to HitFix, these record-breaking numbers have dethroned the previous reigning champ of art house flicks, 2005's groundbreaking Oscar-winner Brokeback Mountain, which earned an average of $109,485 per screen. Even more impressively, it's on track to having the biggest live-action per screen average for a weekend. Perhaps moviegoers, wary of the seemingly never-ending proliferation of sequels, prequels, and reboots that seem to dominate the summertime blockbuster pack, are on the hunt for more original, engaged stories. (If so, they're in luck, we've got some other suggestions for that!) Did you catch Moonrise Kingdom this weekend? Follow Alicia on Twitter: @alicialutes [Image via Getty Images] More:Some Of Us Love, Hate Wes Anderson's New Moonrise Kingdom Trailer Cannes kicks off with star-studded Wes Anderson premiereMoonrise Kingdom: Meet Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and More — POSTERS
The 43-year-old actress admits she was involved in a lesbian love affair for "a long time" during her high school years - and she has has several same-sex flings.
Anderson tells the April (12) issue of Out magazine, "I'm old enough that I can talk about that."
But the actress, who has been married twice and who has three kids, always knew she wasn't "100 per cent gay".
She adds, "It's possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."
This week’s Big Miracle, about a duo’s (John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore) struggles to save a family of whales, is “inspired by the incredible true story that united the world.” While it’s not often that movies bear such a heartstring-tugging tagline, it is quite often that they're inspired by or loosely based on real events. Below we list our favorite such movies, not to be confused, however, with biopics, docudramas or alteration-less “true story” fare. So no Schindler’s List, etc. Also no Titanic – but not because it doesn't qualify.
“True story” notes: Based on the book of the same name – self-adapted by William Peter Blatty – which itself is based on a real-life exorcism that was purported to have included supernatural events.
It is often forgotten that the scariest movie of all time – according to my recurring nightmares – is ultimately “inspired by true events.” Or perhaps we just don’t want to believe that the devil can inhabit cute little kids and turn their voices into gravel. And enable them spin their heads around. And spider-crawl down the stairs.
Saving Private Ryan
“True story” notes: The invasion of Normandy and horrors of war are, of course, the stuff of nonfiction, but the last-surviving-brother plot is largely the result of screenwriter Robert Rodat’s imagination (he was inspired after a story of eight siblings who died in the Civil War).
The opening sequence is forever burned in our brains – if there’s a moviegoer version of PTSD, it is induced here – but Spielberg masterfully, and characteristically, mixes humanity and adventure with unforgettable visuals.
“True story” notes: Fictional but based loosely on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s time as a young writer for Rolling Stone.
Crowe’s best movie (sorry, Jerry Maguire fans and Say Anything diehards) captures what the writer/director always seems to be reaching for: the rock ‘n’ roll of life.
“True story” notes: Adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s novel Wiseguy, based on real-life mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill; other characters’ names were changed but mostly based on actual people.
Pileggi and Martin Scorsese might’ve changed names and condensed a lot of the Henry Hill saga, but it’s hard to imagine Goodfellas feeling any more authentic, even if had it been an all-inclusive 10-hour movie. We’ll give The Godfather the top spot and maybe Part II the No. 2 spot, but not many would disagree with Goodfellas being ranked the third-best Mob movie ever.
“True story” notes: Loosely based on/inspired by the life and times of porn star John Holmes.
Our proper introduction to – and thus fascination with – Paul Thomas Anderson commenced with this pseudo-biopic about the Golden Age of porn and the, um, rise of its, ahem, biggest star. Great performances were in abundant supply, but it was Anderson’s unwillingness to do anything conventional and/or expected that kept our interest, er, aroused. (Sorry.)
One of the best-ever sports movies is also quite possibly one of the best “true story” movies – even though it isn’t, per se: The only keywords that the movie and real-life story have in common are “Indiana,” “basketball” and “high school.”
Terrence Malick’s mesmerizing feature-film debut – loosely based on a killing spree perpetrated by a teenaged couple, and about a similar couple’s (Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek) murderous road trip … and so much more – earned him the right to make us wait sometimes a decade between each of his films. But if he wants to speed up the pace, as is reportedly the case nowadays, that’s OK too.
The French Connection
With The Exorcist (see above) two years after this crime-thriller masterpiece – in which several of the characters have real-life counterparts – director William Friedkin is the sole two-time “true story” director on our list, and he boasts one of the best back-to-back movie runs of all time. How he wound up directing Blue Chips, we’ll never know.
The Hitchcock classic is based on a book loosely inspired by infamous murderer/grave robber/body snatcher Ed Gein. So, uh, thanks for being such an unfathomable psychopath, Mr. Gein … ?
Tim Burton could’ve made an honest, earnest biopic about “one of the worst directors of all time,” but it wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting or fitting – and it wouldn’t have made our list, which was no doubt on Burton’s mind at the time – as the zany homage he paid with Ed Wood.
Milla Jovovich has been kicking zombie butt in the Resident Evil franchise for a long time—ten years, to be exact. And impressively, she hasn’t lost a drop of passion for sci-fi/horror/action hybrid franchise.
We spoke to Jovovich on the set of the latest installment, Resident Evil: Retribution (you can head over here to check out our exclusive report from the set), and she gave us the lowdown on the fifth movie’s enhanced action, cast reunions and calculated segue to a sixth movie…
On what drives Milla to keep making Resident Evil films, even ten years later:
Well, we love the franchise. It’s definitely brought our family together. And we love the story. We’re constantly going on, ‘Okay, what’s going to happen next?’ so it’s very organic in that sense. And it’s fan driven. Every movie is done better than the last and people want to see another one. We have the ideas for it, so it’s not like anybody is bored and going ‘Okay, let’s just write something. Whatever. Just put it out there.’ Paul [W.S. Anderson, writer/director/producer of the series] constantly has these great ideas for it. I’ve been having zombie dreams for the last ten years now.
On her input she has in the story:
Paul and I definitely have a back and forth dialogue because we live together and Resident Evil is such a huge part of our lives. We’re always talking about where it can go and what can happen, who’s coming back and who’s not. What is Alice going to be in this movie? Definitely, I have a lot of input into the stunt sequences. It’s really funny because I’ll read the script, Paul’s original script for it, and I could never write a script. I could never direct a film. I’d kill myself if I was Paul. I don’t know how he does it. But I do have good isolated ideas which kind of go like, ‘Well, there’s kind of a lull here and it would be great if something happened that was super cool. Fill in the blanks! Maybe make me jump off of something and something explodes.’
Alice started off as the audience, as this innocent bystander watching what’s going on and then finally understanding what role she had to play in all of it and who she was. And then throughout the series, she kinda started separating from people. First she realized Umbrella was controlling her, so she couldn’t be close to people. Now that she’s human again, and not only human again… I mean, this is her life. It’s like when you spend 10 years of your life at war, what else do you have, in a sense? This is what she knows. This is what she loves in a weird, sick way. It’s what she does best. It’s how she excels. I don’t know if she would be able to become a teacher or have some sort of career outside of what she does. This is what she does best. And I think in this one, she has a little bit more of a sense of humor about it and is a little more relaxed with it. It’s not as shocking as it normally is. In a sense, now she’s got her friends, her team, she’s part of a team. She’s a human being again, so she’s connected with the people around her. And she has fun with them. In some strange, twisted way, she gets a kick out of it.
On upping the action in the fifth installment:
Well, it better. The whole point is that we want to make every film better than the last one. So, we definitely have more creatures and monsters and action. And the action sequences for the actors are really difficult. It’s one of the most trying physical undertakings that I’ve ever done in an action movie. I think the Jill and Alice fight has over 200 moves in it, which is more than Nick Powell did for The Bourne Identity. It’s pretty crazy.
Her highlights from shooting the new installment:
Definitely, the first big stunt sequence is spectacular for me. It’s really out of this world. I can give you a hint. There’s definitely a Kubrickian homage to it. It’s one of the most unique stunt sequences and action sequences and zombie sequences that I’ve ever seen to this point. That was definitely a big highlight.
Obviously, working with all the actors again is amazing. I have to say, working with this really phenomenal little girl in this movie named Aryana Engineer, and you know her from Orphan. She was the deaf girl. She plays a deaf child in this movie, but she speaks. She has an ocular implant, so she does hear and she speaks incredibly well. I think if she continues with this speech coach, she could grow up to be a phenomenal actress that you wouldn’t even know she was deaf. In this movie, when we saw her audition, there was such a beautiful charm about her. The way she talked, you could hear there was something off about it, like she doesn’t talk like she should for someone her age. It was just heartrending. As a mother, I was just going ‘My God! Her parents must have worked so hard to have gotten her to this point.’ As a mother, my heart just went out to her. She’s so unbelievable. She’s a phenomenal actress.
On the big chase scene in Russia:
Well, we had a splinter unit go to Moscow and they pretty much cleared Red Square for a day, which is quite a big deal. Then they cleared the Russian subway for about five hours, for as much as they could, to get plate shots of everything. So, we have all the background and then we built pretty much the Moscow street. I don’t know if you guys got a tour yet of the sets, but up front, there’s a street in Moscow where we did the Rolls Royce chase sequence. It’s exciting for me because obviously, I’m Russian. To be able to show my people what we’ve created in Toronto and how we’re really trying to bring the Russian people into the Resident Evil universe… I think it’s going to be really fun for everybody.
On bringing back and reuniting with Michelle Rodriguez:
We’ve been racking our brains on how to bring Michelle back for years because she’s just such an amazing actress and just such a cool girl and such a well-loved character in the first movie. When Paul got the idea of how to start bringing people back, it was really amazing. The script is just so different from any other Resident Evil movie. It’s going to take people by surprise. Every sequence and how everything comes together is just quite mind-boggling! It’s really cool. And it always keeps you on your feet. It always keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. What’s happening? Who are these people?
I was watching an assembly of it, and I’m sure you read about it on Twitter, but I started crying watching it, because having the history of Alice and me and Rain and Jill and all these people who have been going through this hell for the last 10 years, and again Umbrella is torturing them. It was almost heartrending to watch them again having to go through all of this. And the way the script is written, the way Paul has written the script, there is so much more character involved and so much more subtext. The storylines are so intertwined and in such a strange and beautiful way that there’s something very nostalgic and sad about it too, which is different.
Listen, it’s going to be a really fun movie. We’re not expecting anybody to start weeping in the audience, but just on a personal level, going through it for 10 years of my life and watching these people coming together again, it was quite emotional.
On the films weaponry:
Yeah, we’ve got the Kriss Vectors this time, which I actually did a video of that I Tweeted, which are really wonderful guns. They’ve actually never been shot on screen before. They used a version of them on Total Recall, but they kind of did them up in some crazy sci-fi way. But these are the original bad-ass Kriss Vector guns. They are amazing in the way they fit and the way we have them incorporated into the costume.
On a possible Resident Evil 6:
This is the first time Paul had an idea for number six, where there’s a story that we talked about, a year ago now, that was five and six. We were just talking about it. I said ‘And then what happens?’ Then naturally, it was ‘Well, this and that and this is why and this is actually going on.’ He does have sort of a rough basis for a sixth movie.
We never make these movies thinking another one is going to come around the corner. I think that’s part of what makes them so great, is that you don’t have that comfort of going ‘Oh yeah, we’re just shooting them back-to-back. Whatever.’ We put 100 per cent of our passion into each one and I think the audience reacts to that. Definitely, there’s some ideas, potentially, for a sixth movie.
On a capping the series with a grand finale:
There’s only so much longer I can play Alice as she is today. At some point, I’m going to have to be the mentor to the younger generation. I love to make these movies. I have to say, it’s hard to imagine this world ending for us. We work with the same people, we shot here [in Toronto] for three films and it always feels like coming home. It definitely makes me sad when we start getting to the end.
This one has been extra hard because we were doing promotion for Three Musketeers and traveling to Tokyo and England. I had to do some work in Italy, so all my weekends kind of got ruined. So now, I’m a little bit like, “Ahhh!” towards the end. And there’s the depression of ‘Oh, it’s coming to an end and I don’t want it to end, but at the same time, I do want a week off.’
Her memories of day one on the first movie:
The first film, I was high on my laurels. I had just come off of Fifth Element, Million Dollar Hotel and Joan of Arc. I was like, ‘You’re lucky to have me!’ Me and Michelle…she had just come off of Girlfight. Paul cast me in the movie. I did it because me and my little brother played Resident Evil 3 all the time. I was like, “Yeah, they’re casting for it. I’ll go in and ‘read’ for the part. They won’t hire me, of course.” It was sort of very tongue-and-cheek when I did it.
And then I was doing this indie movie called You Stupid Man, and I was here in Toronto actually filming it. We were doing the first one in Germany and I remember reading a new draft of the script on the plane ride from Toronto to Germany. Halfway through the flight, I’m red in the face because Paul has completely written me out of the movie and put all the good fight sequences for Michelle. I’m thinking ‘I’m out of here!’ I hit the set—poor Jeremy Bolt. He’s one of our producers. He meets me with flowers and I’m like, ‘You better tell Paul to meet me in my room in an hour or I’m out of here first flight tomorrow!’ Then Paul came to my room. I was like, ‘You better sit down! We are going through this page by page and you are putting me back in the movie!’ He’s like, ‘What? What? You’re in the movie! You’re in the movie!’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m the little girl that goes ‘Look out! Oh, no!’ Why am I doing this?’
So, yeah, he gave me back my good action sequences. It was fun. I was 24 at the time. It was my mid-twenties, having a great time, successful, feeling good. Actually, for the second one, I was scared because it was like ‘Ohhh God, why are we making another one? Do people really want to see it?’ I felt very responsible for everybody and so grateful for everybody being there and just wanting to take care of all the actors and saying “Thank you” every day. And I still do. The more we go, the more I feel like Mama Milla on set. It’s just the welcoming committee and trying to make everyone feel like part of the family, feel good and comfortable, and make sure people are taken of, our crew, our actors.
Melissa McCarthy, of Bridesmaids fame and credited with hosting the best episode of Saturday Night Live in recent history, appeared on Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show and said she doesn't really have that much time to obsess about her weight. She said, "There's so many other things to worry about. I still worry about it, but I think, my kids are healthy, I've got a great husband, and I go to work every day and I do what I want. I'll keep working on [my body]...I just can't put any time to worrying about it." She added that she'd love "to wake up one morning and weigh, like, 94 pounds," but concluded she doesn't think that's in the cards for her. Which is fine, because I think most of us enjoy who she happens to be right now. Besides, she brought back the word "undercarriage" into today's lingo, and it would be weird if she expressed an interest in losing weight and not having one anymore. - Us
Lady Gaga told Vanity Fair recently that she doesn't know what it feels like to be in a happy relationship with a man, and fears she never will. She said, "I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man. I think what it really is is that I date creative people. And I think that's what intimidates them is not my purse, it's my mind...It starts out good. Then when I'm in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there and it's all unicorns and rainbows. But then they hate me. It's a hideous place to be in when someone that you love has convinced you that you will never be good enough for anyone." - People
There are a lot of crazy diets out there (I have at least 4 downloaded onto my Kindle), but it turns out the most effective one doesn't have anything to do with watching what you eat. Instead, it has everything to do with being Hugh Jackman and acting in a Broadway musical. The British publication, Express, reports Jackman's role in Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway has such rigorous dance numbers and requires so much physical activity that he loses 3 to 4 pounds PER NIGHT. Jackman confirmed he's lost weight since the show's beginning to NPR, saying "We started a week ago; already they've taken in my pants three times." So... lose the cayenne pepper, I guess! - Express
The Baywatch star, who is an avid animal rights activist, is urging European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli to honour the deadline which was put in place for a blanket ban on sales of products developed using the controversial procedure by 2013.
Anderson has written on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following rumours officials are planning to delay the legislation.
She writes, "I was distressed to hear from PETA that the European Commission is considering delaying the 2013 deadline to end the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. I hope it’s just a nasty rumor, but if there’s any truth to it, please do right by the European citizens who overwhelmingly support the ban - as well as the thousands of animals affected - by honouring the original deadline.
“I love cosmetics, but there’s no reason for animals to suffer for lip gloss and eye-liner; those cruel tests are from another era. Today, there are effective and 100 per cent humane non-animal testing methods. We also already know thousands of ingredients that have a long history of safe use. Hundreds of manufacturers have already been using them for years! Please, don’t turn back the clock.
“This legislation is a huge step forward and sets an example for countries around the world to eliminate animal testing for cosmetics. Please ensure that the ban moves forward without delay."
Anderson Cooper joined every single one of us in displeasure after we learned that the members of the Jersey Shore cast were going to be making $100,000 per episode next season when the show moves to Italy. But Cooper seemed significantly more upset about Snooki in particular, and took some time during his show on Tuesday night to point out how completely absurd it is that someone as "pint-sized" and "freakishly tan" can command such hefty lump sums for making appearances (like at Rutgers University, where she was given $32,000 to make a speech about studying hard, but partying harder). Cooper stressed that we don't really need to pay Snooki thousands of dollars for her wisdom because it's already on television, each episode is the same, and even though she's more delicious than Revlon lip gloss, she's not worthy of such uninhibited adoration.
Laurence Fishburne’s daughter, Montana, is set to star in a porno/sex tape for Vivid Entertainment. You can imagine his sheer joy! Young Montana cites the reason behind her decision to act herself silly is because she’s “watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and [she thinks] a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape.” It’s better than working in a banana stand, right George Michael Bluth?
She’s right though. Kim exploded in popularity after footage of her and Brandy’s brother, Ray J, doing the long duck dong was released. But does starring in a sex tape guarantee you celebridom? Here are the top five celebrity sex tapes you pushed out of your brain to make room for the recipe of chicken parmigana, along with a brief word on if their careers have benefited or suffered from their filmed romps.
5. Verne Troyer
The diminutive actor of Dunston Checks In and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and his girlfriend Ranae Shrider shot a private tape of intimacy on Easter Weekend in 2008. Shrider herself took the goodness straight to TMZ, but Troyer sued them and even though it’s probably difficult to come across online, it is by no means impossible to locate. It’s still out there if you’re willing to cruise around for a while.
Career Impact: While the tape can still be found, do you know who’s not? Verne Troyer. So Montana, be forewarned: a sex tape doesn’t even guarantee you a spot as Mike Myers’s bitch, let alone fame.
4. Collin Farrell
Farrell sued his ex-girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain and the Internet Commerce Group over the “unauthorized public distribution” of a sex tape he made with Narain in 2003. A Los Angeles judge issued an injunction that prevented the tape from going public, so most of us will never be able to cross that item off of our bucket list. Farrell claimed Narain was behind the tape’s distribution, and that she was attempting to ruin his career.
Career Impact: Obviously Narain failed as Collin's still plenty busy. It really didn’t even have an affect on anything (mostly because nobody ever saw it). But not even the knowledge it ever existed makes him more intriguing as a celebrity…which is odd.
3. Kim Kardashian
As stated above, Kim Kardashian allowed boyfriend Ray J to film her having sex with him in 2007 in Kim Kardashian Superstar featuring Hip Hop Star Ray J, which was released by Vivid Entertainment. Kim told Us Weekly that she was “hurt and embarrassed” by the company’s decision to make the tape public, despite her wishes they wouldn’t. With less than 15 minutes of actual sex on the tape, most people who saw it were dissatisfied, but enjoyed the production value…in addition to Kim Kardashian being quite easy to please sexually and her natural assets that make hot air balloons envious.
Career Impact: Her career has since skyrocketed. She has her own perfume, store, and makes around $10,000 per tweet. She’s also caught the attention of one Montana Fishburne.
2. Paris Hilton
Paris has also earned her right to be here. Her 2004 video, 1 Night in Paris (get it! Hilarious!), with boyfriend Rick Salomon has it’s own entries on Wikipedia AND imdb.com, and is the sole reason the army even bothers to use the night vision setting on their goggles. Released by Red Light District Video, Hilton did not approve of its public release and Salomon sued for defamation. Hilton also sued Saloman out of court in July of 2005 and reportedly received $400,000, a portion of which she said she was going to donate to charity. But what did the public think? A few imdb reviewers classified it as “a fun tape to watch and recognized it for Hilton’s “attractive posture and wonderful performance in what is surely to be known as her best work to date.” (This guy also called it Oscar worthy.)
Career Impact: The film was shot before she starred in TV's The Simple Life, which means she definitely recommends anyone and everyone to go down on a guy in any Paris hotel.
1. Pamela Anderson
Obviously Anderson has a place on this list. She starred in two sex tapes – one with her then husband Tommy Lee on their honeymoon in 1998 the Internet Entertainment Group put online, and another lesser-known one with Bret Michaels that was made before the one with Tommy Lee, but released after it on DVD in 2005. Anderson’s responsible for people having the urge to stash a tripod and camcorder in their closets, as well as making the remote control a legitimate way to measure…stuff. Like linens! Stuff like linens. In his quest to review celebrity sex tapes, Jack Oceano of associatedcontent.com calls her tape with Tommy Lee “the quintessential celebrity sex tape,” where it has “all the perfect ingredients”: a rock star with a colossal ego, one of the hottest women on the planet, and a beautiful setting.
Career Impact: Despite never starring in anything better than Baywatch, she’s certainly cemented herself as quite the PETA advocate and generalized household name. Surely it’s the tapes that’ve kept her even remotely relevant.