Mad Men actor Jon Hamm stars with Megan Fox and Adam Scott in the movie, written by his partner Jennifer Westfeldt, and he reveals the actors filmed in the town of Tuxedo, New York, which was hit by the freezing weather in December, 2010 and January, 2011.
Hamm reveals the cast and crew spent four days snowed in and unable to work until they decided to help clear the streets themselves so they could get on with the movie.
He tells the New York Post, "We shot here, 14 hour days, in last year's worst winter in 40 years. In Tuxedo, brutally cold, snowed in four days, we finally got shovels and dug ourselves out. The ski trip scene, two-thirds through the movie, was pivotal. It was our last day shooting. Lots of material to cover, and if we didn't get it then we'd never get it. Wow, we were tired."
The filmmaker has posted footage of the storms in his latest behind-the-scenes video blog from the set of the top secret movie, which has been shot across his native New Zealand for the past eight months.
Jackson explains he was shooting scenes of dwarves floating down the Pelorus River for the second sequel when blue skies clouded over and the weather took a change for the worse.
In the taped video footage, he says, "Our location shooting came to a pretty dramatic end because the police arrived and said they were about to issue a severe weather warning. I've never seen a crew pack up their gear so quickly.
"The very next day, everywhere where we were standing... was under floodwater. That was incredibly dramatic. The rise of the river level was, like, 20 or 30 feet."
Jackson and his crew also faced adversity when they shot scenes on the slopes of Mount Taranaki - they had to create an elaborate scaffolded walkway for the cast so ancient vegetation growing in the world's second oldest national park wasn't disturbed.
In a candid new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the movie star admits he "sought out" the U2 singer after a visit to Morocco made him realise just how severe poverty was in certain areas of Africa.
The life-changing trip forced Pitt to "get off the couch" and join Bono and the other celebrities who attempt to make a difference in the world.
He says, "I sat down with him a few times and got involved in some of the stuff he was doing."
And Pitt reveals it was shortly after that he met his current partner Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith.
He adds, "That may have been one of the things that brought us together. Certainly, I've met very few people more dedicated than she is.
"She is always studying issues, daily. She has such compassion for the people she works with."
Learning from Bono and Jolie, Pitt knew exactly what to do when Hurricane Katrina swept through his adopted New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005.
He explains, "There was a responsibility to make it right, which was not being answered wholly, so I decided to make that a focal point and help families return home, and in the process we started discovering the inadequacies of low-income housing."
Pitt co-created the Make It Right Foundation in 2007 and began designing and building cost-effective housing for those left homeless by the storms.
Weather conditions forced Bruce Willis to miss a special dinner and cast panel talk about his new film Lay The Favorite when his trip to the Utah festival was delayed and rapper Drake was three hours late for a party performance because of the snow.
But Lords suffered the most embarrassing experience thanks to the storm - she had to dig out her car en route to a press junket to promote her new film Excision.
A source tells WENN, "Traci Lords and her team had to push the car out because it got stuck in the snow. As a result she arrived late."
And the actress told reporters, "I got in a snow drift and we had to get out our snow shoes and do some pushing. I looked like a Russian mobster's wife in these big black furry boots!"
The former Two and a Half Men star visited the ravaged state last year (11) after almost 300 people were killed when devastating storms hit the area in April (11).
Sheen later launched fundraising website Torpedos Against Tornados to help raise money for those effected by the disaster and now he's made good on his promise to give back by cutting the city of Tuscaloosa a large cheque.
Don Staley, the head of the town's tourism agency, has confirmed the donation, revealing the actor handed over the money shortly before Thanksgiving without making a public announcement.
The Twilight superfans camped out in Los Angeles for Monday's (14Nov11) Breaking Dawn premiere are set for a wet weekend - storms are expected to dampen their spirits. A makeshift tent city has been set up outside the Nokia Theatre as die-hard fans of the film and book series gather ahead of the big red carpet event.
The director was set to start shooting the apocalyptic action movie with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron this year (11), but he was forced to change his plans when storms drastically changed the look of the location.
He explains, "We were all geared up to shoot in the Australian desert and then the unprecedented rains came and what was the wasteland with a completely flat red earth is now a flower garden. The big massive salt lakes in the centre of Australia, Lake Eyre, where the Bonneville Salt Flats are is now full of pelicans and fish. So we sort of lost the wasteland.
"Hopefully we'll get to Fury Road next year. We have 150 big vehicles built (for the film), but, to be honest, I'm not even there in my head right now."
Miller used the break to work on the Happy Feet sequel, which hits U.S. cinemas later this month (Nov11).
The Queensland floods, which hit Australia in December (10), forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities and claimed the lives of 35 people.
The electricity at the star's property in Bridgewater, Connecticut cut out during heavy wintry weather last weekend (29-30Oct11), and Farrow is still without power nine days after the storm.
She has been giving followers on her Twitter.com page daily updates, and as she entered day nine on Monday (07Nov11), Farrow revealed she now has a generator to give her light and heat in some rooms, although she is still without hot water.
She writes, "Day 9 without power... We r (are) lucky to have small generator so heat in some rooms, cold water - light in two rooms. Can't complain... Honestly it's time to be grateful for what we DO have."
Jones, who is currently hosting the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's hit show The X Factor, shot a pre-recorded chat for CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight earlier this week (beg26Sep11).
However, the segment turned nasty when the former newspaper editor started quizzing Jones on his Lothario reputation, prompting the presenter to walk away mid-interview. The chat is due to air on Friday (30Sep11).
Jones, who previously dated Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, writes on his Twitter.com page, "For the record I'm not ashamed to admit I stormed off Piers Morgan tonight. His line of questing (sic) was highly offensive. You judge this Friday."
However, fans were confused by the update after Morgan gave his own side of the story - insisting he was the one who called time on the interview.
Morgan writes, "Had him thrown off my set yesterday for lewd conduct."
S2E13: It saddens me to see Louie go because we’ll have to wait almost a year before we see more episodes of what it truly one of the best, if not the best, shows on television. That’s why I’m thankful that the show continued its signature brand of witty, oddball, quirky, heartbreaking vignettes as it said farewell to its second season with “New Jersey/Airport.”
“I’m not taking you into the city at 2 o’ clock in the morning because you had to look at some woman’s vagina.” –Chris Rock
After killing it with brand new material during his set at Caroline’s, Louie lets a barfly tell him that he can have any woman he wants after a set like that and that he should hang out in the bar and get laid. Immediately a woman comes up and compliments Louie on his set, and he thinks she’s going to hit on him, but she just asks for headshots that reflect what he looks like now that he’s older for the comedy club’s website. This bleeds into a sad montage of Louie not getting any tail from the copious amounts of attractive ladies. He leaves, dejected and stumbles upon a beautiful woman waiting in a car outside. She compliments him on his set and says she was sitting outside hoping he’d come out so she could offer him sex. She unlocks the car door and Louie looks at it like the entrance to the Temple of Doom, but he ultimately gets in. We know immediately that this isn’t going to end well, a realization promoted immensely by the fact that the woman is dressed like a mail-order bride.
She starts driving him to her house – in New Jersey – and every time he starts to stutter and feel uncomfortable that she’s taking him to her house – in New Jersey – she starts giving him a hand job. That’ll shut any guy up. They reach her magnificent house where she introduces him to her husband – she wants to have a threesome. When he’s uncomfortable, the couple kick him out but he has no way home because he’s deep in rural New Jersey. It's only fitting that he calls a famous comedian – because all famous comedians live in New Jersey, right? So, as he walks the unpopulated streets of suburban New Jersey, he calls Chris Rock to come get him. Rock picks him up, but not without a lecture about how Louie needs to grow up.
As evidenced by Mrs. Rock’s vehement disapproval of Louie – though we only hear it in the background – Louie may be an adult, but he still needs to grow up. It’s really true; if we look at this whole season, from the moment he realizes he can’t buy his dream house to the time he tries to get laid after witnessing a violent death to the time he tries to have sex with an advocate for celibacy to the time when Joan Rivers teaches him how to accept how lucky he is, this whole season showed us that even with his bouts of wisdom, Louie still has a lot to learn.
This half of the episode ties those instances together and prepares us for the painful second part of the episode in which Pamela heads to Paris.
“You’re the most f**ked up person I ever knew.” –Pamela
Louie’s taking Pamela to the airport so she can go to Paris and try to get her son back from his father because they’ve decided they want to live together. Or at least that’s what we assume she’s doing until she won’t answer Louie’s repeated question about how long she’s going for. He tries to get it out of the gate agent. No go. He continues to pitifully ask when she comes back at security. No go. She finally tells him that the reason she’s going to Paris is so that she can make it work with her kid’s dad. And we are crushed right along with Louie.
She oh-so brutally tells him that they will never be together and that she can’t believe that despite her efforts, Louie is still hanging on. He admits he is, and she is forced to even more brutally tell him she’s just not attracted to him. His dumbfounding stubbornness continues and he chastizes Pamela for her decision to follow her ex even though he’s an ass and he left her.
Louie doesn’t get that love can be unrequited. It doesn’t compute. He says he’ll wait, but she insists he doesn’t. She says he’s a good person and a good dad, but when he starts crying she storms off. I thought the agonizing moment of watching Louie watch Pamela as she zigzags through the security line was the most heart-breaking few minutes of television I’ve ever witnessed. Then it happened. Pamela stops at the top of the top of the stairs and yells for him to "wave to her," but he hears what he wants to hear instead: “wait for me.” As he walks out of the airport, hope restored, chest puffed out, ready to take on anything, we can’t help but feel immense pain for him. His incandescent happiness is all for nothing and he’ll eventually learn that and feel the soulcrushing weight of such a realization.
I never thought an episode of Louie could make me tear up, but this episode did just that. Louis CK has taken the very typical saying goodbye at the airport scene, and with a few subtle changes he’s made it something meaningful and new. It’s an incredibly moving, innovative and heartbreaking scene and the perfect note to end on for the show’s second season finale.
Farewell, Louie. We’ll miss you. Here’s to another wrenching season next summer.