Actress Teresa Palmer celebrated the impending birth of her first child by hosting a star-studded baby shower on Sunday (15Dec13). The Warm Bodies star is expecting a tot with fiance Mark Webber and she marked the happy occasion at Los Angeles' Red O Restaurant with famous friends including Jaime King and her filmmaker husband, Kyle Newman, and fellow actress Bella Heathcote.
After the party, the mother-to-be took to Twitter.com to express her gratitude to her pals for such a "beautiful day".
Palmer and Webber became engaged in July (13) and announced their baby news in August (13).
Actress Dianna Agron has taken on the role of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers in the band's new video, Just Another Girl. The Glee beauty transformed into a rock star for the promo and stepped into the character of Flowers as she walked through a brief history of the band's discography.
Agron begins the video by walking on to a set with the four remaining members playing their instruments behind her. She then strolls through a giant sound stage, which shows the sets from the band's previous videos.
She dons a moustache similar to Flowers' in All These Thing I've Done, passes by the wedding scene in When You Were Young, and throughout the video even wears an identical jacket to Flowers' costume in Human.
Agron took to Twitter.com to express her thanks to the band and director Warren Fu, writing, "You're the best. thanks for having me play. Such a great time."
This is the second single from The Killers' Direct Hits album. The first track, Shot at the Night, featured an appearance by Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote.
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Miley Cyrus. Kim Kardashian. Nicki Minaj -- little girls and young women everywhere look up to these ladies. And while this may or may not be a good thing, it’s always nice to have the occasional fictional character whose awesomeness we can all aspire to. So if the pop stars of today aren’t doing it for you, here are a few of our favorite young heroines of film. They're brilliant, badass, and fully-clothed, and for that we thank them.
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games Series
We predict that in a few years college courses will be taught on the legacy of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. Feminists love her, young and old alike adore her, as she embodies all of the qualities of a true hero. Self-sacrifice, strength in the face of death, and there’s even a certain (albeit complicated) rags to riches aspect of her story. Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Suzanne Collins’ beloved character brought a unique femme figure to cinema – a young woman whose beauty and romantic interests played second (even third) fiddle to her other priorities. In a cinematic world filled with many a Bella Swan (no offense, Twihards) Katniss was a welcome and necessary addition to the young leading ladies in film.
Hermione Granger, Harry Potter Series
Emma Watson’s Hermione days are behind her now but Harry Potter fans watched her grow up on screen as the brilliant young witch whose fearlessness and dedication to her studies made her a huge asset to Harry and Ron. Functioning as the irreplaceable glue that kept everything and everyone together, Hermione was no sidekick. Without her amazingness, and her ability to do pretty much anything, there would have been no Harry Potter.
Mattie Ross, True Grit
Little Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld in the 2010 Coen Brothers film) was the definition of true grit. Out to avenge her father’s death, she teamed up with the meanest Marshal around and takes on the perils of the west with more courage than some of the grown men around her. Frighteningly precocious, Mattie is another character who was heralded by feminists and beloved by movie-goers and critics alike. Steinfeld received an Oscar nomination for her brilliant portrayal of the unforgettable character.
Hushpuppy, Beasts of the Southern Wild
A small film with a teeny little girl premiered in 2012 and practically took over the world. Quvenzhané Wallis was critically acclaimed (and also nominated for an Oscar — the youngest person ever) for her role as Hushpuppy, an independent, fierce ball of fire weathering life in the back woods, bayou community known as the Bathtub. Taking on the wrath of a storm, her father, and mythical beats, Hushpuppy was the unique heroine we’d all been waiting for, whether we knew it or not.
Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl, Kick-Ass Series
From the moment she uttered the line, “Okay you c-nts, let's see what you can do now,” Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl became a crowd favorite. Her controversial role as the young superhero/assassin makes her different from some of the other characters on this list (she’s no role model, in the traditional sense), but her genuine badassery and love for both Clint Eastwood and Hello Kitty makes her one of our absolute favorite young heroines in film.
Wrestler-turned-movie action man John Cena has sensationally revealed he once "pooped" himself during a fight. Cena was chatting to his lady love, fellow wrestler Nikki Bella, for an upcoming episode of U.S. reality show Total Divas, when he opened up about his most embarrassing moment in the ring.
The current World Heavyweight Champion came clean after Bella poked fun at another female fighter, who accidentally wet herself during a wrestling match, stating, "I pooped myself once... It was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I had food poisoning and I still went out to wrestle. Everybody knew - I was embarrassed."
His stunned girlfriend was initially left speechless by his confession. She then added, "I don't know what to think right now... That would be so embarrassing!"
Jessie Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are joining forces to be tepidly awkward together once again, but not for the hotly anticipated Adven2reland. The pair will star together in American Ultra, an action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film's screenplay was written by Max Landis, the scribe of 2012's super-hero thriller Chronicle.
In the upcoming film, Mike (Eisenberg) is a lazy stoner who lives with his girlfriend Pheobe (Stewart). One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
The two stars possessed a nerdy charm and chemistry that made Adventureland an enjoyable indie hit. Hopefully they can transfer that chemistry to this new film which sounds like it has more of a moving plot then a coming of age amusement park dramedy. Ever since Adventureland, the two stars have had divergent career paths —Eisenberg successfully taking on high profile projects like The Social Network and being nominated for awards, while Stewart stormed the box office (and the gossip columns) as Bella Swan, but has had trouble kicking off a new film franchise. After the Twilight explosion ended and Snow White and the Huntsman flopped, Stewart has been seeking shelter in indie projects. While this mini Adventureland reunion could be a satifying dose of 2009 nostalgia, it is missing a key component. Unfortunately, creepy Ryan Reynolds will not be taking part in the new film.
WENN.comIt now seems difficult to imagine anyone other than Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the lead roles of The Hunger Games. But due to the phenomenal success of the novels, the majority of the cast faced super-tough competition to land a part in the film. Here's a look at five characters who in an alternate universe would have been played by somebody completely different.Katniss EverdeenAround 50 actors reportedly auditioned for the series' hero, the most high-profile of which were Abigail Breslin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Browning. The last of these shares something in common with J-Law: both actresses had previously missed out on the role of Bella in Twilight.Peeta MellarkAmerican Horror Story's Evan Peters, X-Men: First Class' Lucas Till and Magic Mike's Alex Pettyfer were all in contention for the male lead, as were Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig, both of whom of course went onto play Gale and Cato respectively.Gale HawthorneHad Miley Cyrus' ex been cast as Peeta instead, then Arrow star Robbie Amell, Disney Channel graduate David Henrie and former Hannah Montana regular Drew Roy would all have been poised to take his place.Haymitch AbernathyAccording to various sources, John C. Reilly was in the frame to play the middle-aged victor of the 50th Hunger Games until Woody Harrelson was selected ahead of his fellow Oscar nominee at the last minute.Finnick OdairDespite publicly professing his love for the series, Glee actor Grant Gustin missed out on the role of District 4 tribute Finnick Odair, who will first be seen onscreen in Catching Fire, to Pirates Of The Caribbean star Sam Claflin.
In the words of the blogger behind Reasoning With Vampires, "Before I had any right to dismiss Twihards or criticize the psychologically unhealthy relationship model that Bella Swan and Edward Cullen present, I felt obliged to read the books."
Language sentinels on the Internets are not new: it is somewhat text-based, after-all. The most hilarious thing about this particular blog, however, is the fight it pretends not to pick. While rushing headlong at the insidious syntax of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight cycle, it plunges its teeth into the franchise's jugular at the same time.
While the litany of critiques takes us through the most irksome thing about the series, the blog quietly pokes at Twilight's underbelly, unveiling the star-crossed lovers as dull, vain and downright specious. Tugging away at Meyer's pseudo-poetry reveals what lies beneath it: a politically retrograde morality tale, one that is totally bogus.
If you can't stomach the Twilight series, you will at least want to devour this literary critique of it.
Freaks and Geeks is notable not only for launching the careers of James Franco, Jason Segel, and Linda Cardellini, but also for accurately capturing the painful awkwardness of adolescence. Now, thanks to The Fine Brothers, you can relive those awkward years of your life over and over again through their interactive Freaks and Geeks video game. That's right: someone made a Freaks and Geeks video game. The Internet is a magical place.
The game allows players to guide Lindsay Weir through her newfound friendship with the Freaks through a series of choose-your-own-adventure style questions that each result in a different outcome. Want to see what would have happened if Lindsay changed her mind and went back to Millie? You can make that choice for her and explore the consequences. While only the "Freaks" half of the game is currently available, The Fine Brothers promise that players will be allowed to attempt to navigate life as Sam and the "Geeks" very soon. The show's co-creator and producer Paul Feig has even given the game his seal of approval, and tweeted a link out to his followerss.
In addition to Freaks and Geeks, The Fine Brothers have created interactive games for television shows like Saved By the Bell and Lost, as well as a game that allows players to determine the fates of Twilight characters Bella, Edward and Jacob. Plus, if you're a fan of 8-bit, television-inspired video games, but want more freedom than simply choosing your own adventure, there's always Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne, based on the game played by the characters in the season 3 finale of Community. Because if you can dream it, there's someone online willing to make it a reality.
Bask in your uncomfortable, high school glory and play Freaks and Geeks: The Interactive Game below.
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The Twilight trilogy has lovingly left its sparkle in Hollywood, leaving behind a trail of movies to proceed in its dust, sometimes shining bright and sometimes burning out. Achieving that sparkle, or promising to, is known as the Twilight Effect. Studios can’t seem to buy scripts fast enough hoping to cast the next Bella, taking young female leads to new heights.
Gone are the days of the popular football jock discovering the hot bod of the nerd under her big sweaters.
Now the adolescent girls roar their battle cry, “Give us blood! Give us guts! Give us the soulless creatures only we can save! Give us this or give us nothing at all!”
The hero, young Bella, gave grunge girls everywhere hope that they too might score an older, wise, charming, virtuous and strong, blood sucker that looked torn from the pages of a GQ magazine...admittedly, a lot to live up to.
Enter Katniss Everdeen. With her girl-next-door looks and badass attitude, she has come the closest to touching Bella’s allure. She isn’t just saving her sister when she volunteers for the annual Hunger Games, she is uniting her society that was previously hopeless.
Julie Grigio isn’t afraid to get her hands a little dirty. She doesn’t merely ignite a beating heart in the once lifeless body of R in Warm Bodies, she saves an entire race of people from being massacred by the ever disgusting-have-been-zombies-too-long Boneys.
Beautiful Creatures perhaps missed the beat on providing the strong female role Twihards have come to need. But the beautifully-woven story about a girl entering into puberty and facing the choice of good or evil can’t be completely dismissed, especially after seeing the lovely Emmy Rossum due her evil thing.
It isn’t just teenage girls being swooned by the sensational Twilight Effect. Studio executives are seeing the power behind the angst-ridden females. They are listening. “We just want to be loved...loved by dead, pale day-walking blood-sucking vampires who will carry us to the top of trees and beyond.”
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We say “till death do we part” to cement our love. When we say “bite my neck” we carve it in stone. So how do you know when to give your heart over, or when to trust someone enough to make that commitment? How do you know when to turn?
For most of us, finding “the one” can be a torment. On that front, Elena Gilbert is cray cray. So I have a some words of advice for you, E: two Salvatores. Count ‘em, two. Bella was unconflicted and she only had one diamond-paved vamp in mind. You have two, and they’re willing to raise the dead for you.
If that weren’t enough, they’ve already proven they have a high threshold for your ambivalence. You can volley between them for centuries. They seem to get off on it. So unforrow those brows, girl. Live a little.
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