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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Still hot? Paris Hilton spinning in Ibiza, Spain, last night at 3:30 a.m. during her set Foam and Diamonds at Amnesia- one of the biggest baddest clubs in Ibiza where the music is so loud it vibrates through your entire body. Her contract at the Spanish nightclub started July 31 and she spins there every Wednesday night. Heiress turned professional DJ? Paris Hilton may be 32 but she's still living it up hard. What are your thoughts- Is that still hot?
Paris flips her hair and starts to feel the groove.
Paris pumps up the crowd.
Judging from the crowd it looks like she's a success.
Paris the multi-tasker? Texting while spinning.
Paris taking a quick video of the crowd for her Instagram followers.
Field goal? No that's a double fist pump.
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Country star Gary Allan is recovering after undergoing knee surgery on Monday (22Jul13). The Man to Man hitmaker had the operation to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but he hopes to be back onstage in Mississippi on Friday (22Jul13).
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "I wanted to thank all of you for the well wishes and let you know I'm feeling great. I may be in a knee brace the next time you see me on the stage, but I'm looking forward to rocking Mississippi on Friday night!"
A homeless man has been sentenced for posing as British documentary maker Louis Theroux and tricking staff at a bar into letting him stay overnight. Allan Debenham booked two nights at the Duke of York in Somerset, England, claiming he was Theroux, who is best known for examining controversial subjects including porn stars and the controversial U.S. religious organisation Westboro Baptist Church.
Debenham insisted bosses at the BBC would cover his costs, but he aroused suspicion during his stay when he rang from his room to request cigarettes and bottles of wine.
The 39 year old, who suffers from a drinking problem, pleaded guilty earlier this month (Jun13) to making a false representation, and has been ordered to pay $256 (£165) to the pub. He was also slapped with a 12-month community sentence.
The real Theroux was clearly amused by the case, tweeting, "I love that it wasn't his appearance that tipped them off but the fact that he asked for 'fags' not 'cigarettes'... I am partial to a bottle of cava though."
Singer Sheryl Crow is teaming up with country star Gary Allan for a U.S. tour. The musicians will hit the road together in September (13), and the All I Wanna Do hitmaker is looking forward to the gigs.
She says, "I love Gary's music. He puts on the kind of show that I like to go see, so I am thrilled to be out with him on tour, and really look forward to be able to perform my new music to the country fans this fall."
Speaking about how the collaboration came about, Allan adds, "Sheryl and I met while doing some guitar pulls (gatherings) earlier this year and started talking about doing something together. The timing seemed right... If we're near you, come on out. It's going to be a good time."
Three California gigs have been announced so far, but more performances will be added to the schedule.
Thompson Square singer Keifer Thompson turned to fellow country stars Keith Urban and Gary Allan for advice after he was recently struck down with vocal problems. The husband and wife duo axed a string of concerts across May (13) and June (13) to allow Thompson time to recover from a "very serious vocal condition", which he now reveals was caused by a haemorrhage.
He tells Country Weekly, "I had a really bad haemorrhage, and it's completely healed, resolved and the polyp is about 70 per cent down, so they don't want to do surgery now."
Thompson also heaped praise on singers Urban, Allan and Larry Gatlin, who have all experienced voice problems in the past and reached out to offer him reassurance during his recovery.
Thompson adds, "(They) talked me off a ledge and told me that it was OK."
The star has been banned from speaking for two weeks, and doctors have also taught him a new way of singing which will protect his vocal cords.
In 1971, America was introduced to a New York family whose trials, tribulations, and flaws rang all too familiar... albeit with a healthy dose of comedy: the Bunkers, the colorful characters who occupied a working-class New York household on All in the Family. Alongside curmudgeonly Archie, passionate Gloria, and wayfaring Mike, there was Edith: a golden hearted but flighty mother, played to comic perfection by Jean Stapleton. Sadly, CNN reports that 90-year-old Stapleton has passed away, as confirmed by her son.
For nearly a decade, Stapleton exemplified inimitable wit and charm as Edith Bunker, squawking amicably as her husband groused and grimaced, her daughter charged for change, and her son-in-law argued with the lot and scarfed down whatever food Edith brought to the table. Brimming with good nature amid the hostility of her family members, Edith was the heart and soul of the Bunker home and of All in the family, a character that could have easily gone by the wayside were not for the mammoth precision in Stapleton's performance.
The actress, also a veteran of stage and the big screen, is survived by children John and Pamela Putch.
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Kim Rubenstein, founder of the fashion blog Miami Fashion Revolution, held her Google+ hangout called Give It To Me Now! Thursday to talk about the latest in pop culture news.
Rubenstein was joined at her South Beach loft by Miami Beach realtor Allan Blank. Her first guest was local musician LMJ, whose latest music video 'D.R.I.T.S.' got over 260,000 YouTube views. Her second guest was her sister Carolyn Rubenstein, of the blog a beautiful ripple effect and founder of the stationery company Two Rubies.
The hangout covered what's next for the judges of American Idol and The Voice and a possible relationship between Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine. They also debated — along with most of the Internet — whether or not Beyoncé was pregnant. And they talked Kelly Rowland's anger towards Beyonce after the Destiny's Child days.
You can watch Give It To Me Now! Thursdays at 8 p.m. And with Beyonce's new single leaked, I think I have an idea what they'll be talking about this week.
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Folk singer Rodriguez became a doctor on Thursday (09May13) after receiving an honorary degree from his alma mater. The Mexican-American star, born Sixto Rodriguez, graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in philosophy in his native Detroit, Michigan in 1981, and he returned to the college this week to be appointed a Doctor of Humane Letters during the school's 2013 commencement ceremony.
The Searching for Sugar Man star, who developed a large following in South Africa during the apartheid era, was recognised for his "musical genius and commitment to social justice".
Stepping up to the podium to present Rodriguez with the award, President Allan Gilmour said, "Over the years, you have remained politically involved and connected to the Detroit community, living humbly in the city... working to improve conditions for the inner-city working class."
Fats Domino's restored white piano is to become a museum piece in his native New Orleans, Louisiana after Sir Paul McCartney helped fund the instrument's restoration. The Steinway grand was salvaged from the star's flooded home after 2005's Hurricane Katrina and it has been meticulously returned to its former glory thanks to donations from music producer Allan Slaight, McCartney and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Domino's piano will go on show next year (14) as part of a major Louisiana State Museum music exhibition.
It's not the only historical Steinway McCartney has helped to restore in recent years - he also helped pay for the makeover of the Motown museum's piano, which recently went on show in Detroit, Michigan.