Shia, you've been holding out on us. While we're not sold on your email etiquette or love for the Olive Garden, your bod may have us rethinking your dating potential. Middleweight boxer Peter Quillin, who is apparently a new homey of LaBeouf's, posted a photo to his Instagram account of the two showing off their torso regions. And... surprise! Turns, out, LaBeouf is LaBuff.
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With his shaved head and ripped abs, LaBeouf almost has a Tom Hardy thing going on here. Almost. How is it that, as impressive as his physique may be (and it's pretty gosh darn impressive), LaBeouf still falls closer to overgrown prairie dog than Magic Mike on the hotness spectrum?
One more question before we let you go, Shia. Was your shirt not very tasty? Is that why you went to the Olive Garden? (Yeah, we're still stuck on the Olive Garden thing).
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I have some bad news for all you fans of beefy men in tiny spandex outfits, gymnasiums that smell like must and victory, and wonderfully homoerotic photographs: wrestling may no longer be in the Olympics.
Apparently there are only 25 "core events" allowed in each games with an additional floating 26th slot and today the IOC voted on which of their extra sports should get the ax. According to ESPN, the International Olympics Comittee decided to drop wrestling starting in with the 2020 games (which have nothing to do with vision or Barbara Walters). The other events up for elimination – like this is some sick episode of Big Brother – were taekwondo, field hockey, and modern pentathlon. What the heck is a "modern pentathlon"? I have never seen this on my TV. What do their outfits look like? Are they skimpy enough to compete with wrestling?
Wrestling is not modern. It has been in the Olympics since 1896 and was around way before then when naked Grecos and Romans coated in oil would roll around in the soil fighting for olive wreathes and blocks of salt. That is what I call Olympic spirit.
So Wikipedia just told me that the Modern Pentathlon is pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping, and cross-country running. Who the hell wants to watch that? No one. Sure, some of the events are kind of sexy, but they don't even show fencing, show jumping, or pistol shooting in prime time, why would they want to show a combination all at once? That's like taking three naps at once. To make it even worse, it looks like a former IOC chairman's son is the Vice President of the International Modern Pentathlon Union. Something smells fishy, and it's not modern pentathletes after they finished the swimming portion of their event.
Now wrestling has to compete with a handful of other sports for the IOC's final 26th slot. Why are they doing this to wrestling? It has to campaign for itself like a crass actress trying to get herself an Oscar (we're looking at you Melissa Leo) or fight to the death like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (Oh, I would watch a Hunger Games Olympic event!). The other events it has to pin into submission to make it back into medal contention are baseball (and softball for ladies), karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu. These would join the aforementioned "core 25" athletics: rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing, and volleyball.
Come on, if we're choosing between roller blading (or roller derby) or another Eastern martial arts competion (that's wushu, which is not just a kind of pork) wrestling is the clear favorite! And one of those events isn't even a game, it's a root vegetable served in the fall. Wrestling is ancient. It's agressive. It makes for great pictures. It keeps all of our blond Mid-western men out of trouble when they could be off tipping cows or lighting corn fields on fire or something. Don't get rid of wrestling! Please.
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We have our Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri!
Fans of the Vampire Academy series and the upcoming film adaptation of the first novel were anxiously awaiting a mystery announcement teased after the official Facebook page for the movie hit over 250,000 fans. And as promised, the casting announcement for the three leads was released Friday afternoon, as well as a name change. The first movie will now be called Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, which is the title of the German version of the series.
Zoey Deutch will portray main character Rose Hathaway, Lucy Fry will play Lissa Dragomir, and Danila Kozlovsky will take on Dimitri Belikov. All three are relative newcomers: Deutch had a role on the CW show Ringer as Sarah Michelle Gellar's stepdaughter Juliette, Fry was on H20: Just Add Water, and Kozlovsky is a Russian superstar but unknown in the US.
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As a big fan of Richelle Mead's series myself, I was torn between these choices for the leads. While I appreciate the relative unknown status of the three (this is going to be a large franchise with six books, and it's better to start with a clean slate than go the route of casting Cedric Diggory as Edward Cullen...), I'm still unsure on the casting of Deutch as Rose for a couple reasons. First, she's isn't that unknown. Before her role on Ringer, she was also a big part of Disney Channel's Suite Life On Deck's final season, as well as in the upcoming movie Beautiful Creatures. But the major issue I have with Deutch is that she is too delicately pretty. Rose Hathaway is an infamous dhampir (half human, half vampire bodyguard-in-training), fierce, tough, and deadly with a fiery personality to boot. She is described as a curvy, exotic Turkish/Irish mixture. This gives her long, dark hair and tan olive skin. Rose can take down any opponent in a physical fight, whether it's another dhampir, a human male twice her size, or a Strigoi (an undead evil vampire with inhuman strength). Deutch does not exude that same strength that makes Rose who she is. You can't fake that kind of inherent toughness. Rose can intimidate anyone with just a threat of violence because her reputation is so well-known. I'm not confident that Deutch portray that.
As for Princess Lissa, Rose's best friend and the last remaining Dragomir alive, I don't have any problems with Fry. She has the exact look for Lissa, pale skin for a Moroi (the good, living vampires), light blonde hair, and a kind, gentle demeanor. Lissa is elegant and polite, the sweet to balance Rose's spicy. Let's just hope she can hide her Australian accent well, as Lissa is of Romanian descent.
The last of the main three is Dimitri, Rose's mentor. In the books, he is described as a god, the best of all the dhampirs. Deadly, yet with a gentle side that hardly ever comes out, Dimitri is supposed to be an enormous 6 foot 7, made of muscles, with shoulder-length hair and never without a long, black, leather jacket/duster. And the most important aspect is his Russian descent, as he speaks with a slight accent. And this is why I'm torn on the casting of Kozlovsky. As a native Russian, he will bring authenticity to the role, but physically he just doesn't strike an imposing figure. He doesn't have the kind of presence that you immediately notice and fear.
Back when I was dreamcasting VA, I thought perhaps Supernatural's Jared Padalecki could fit the bill. He's enormously tall and muscular, he's already got the hairstyle down pat, and we know he can play both the badass good guy and the evil, deadly villain (I won't explain why the latter is necessary to play Dimitri, no spoilers here!). All he needed was a little coaching on the accent.
But despite all the fans' complaints, celebrations, groans, and squeals, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters has been cast, and for better or worse we have our main characters. Daniel Waters, who wrote the iconic Sundance comedy Heathers, has written the script and his brother, Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters, will direct the film. Casting is in full swing for a summer shoot.
What do you think of the casting? Are you happy with our Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri? What do you think of the name change? Hit the comments below and let us know how you feel!
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"We were very fortunate (receiving gifts). We used everything too. And then I found a wonderful company, Baby2Baby, that if something didn't work for Olive we were able to donate it to them and they give to families in need." New mum Drew Barrymore made sure none of the gifts she received for her daughter Olive went to waste.
"I just got her passport today. The picture is so heartbreaking and she's looking right at the camera, she's so locked in. It's the cutest picture." Drew Barrymore's baby daughter Olive is ready to become a jet-setter, just like her mum.
The Charlie's Angels star grew up in the spotlight after making her movie debut in Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was only seven.
Since then, her every moment has played out in the tabloids thanks to relentless photographers, but after becoming a mum to little Olive in September (12), Barrymore has grown more determined to shield her tot from the intense spotlight she endured as a kid.
During an appearance on U.S. chat show The View, she says, "(I've been) crying for two months about having to take my daughter outside into this very tumultuous world that has no protection for people. I agree with other countries when they won't allow the kids to be photographed. I think there has to be a limit and we teach our children boundaries, and yet the world doesn't have any boundaries to our children and that is an anomaly that I do not support."
And Barrymore reveals she turned to the legendary filmmaker for guidance on how to handle the shutterbugs, who have no qualms about snapping pictures of her child.
She continues, "They make so much money, it's crazy, it's like going against the most evil force that you'll never win against. But maybe there's something we can do. I need to look deeper into it... Unless I was to move underground with no windows, there's no way to avoid this, so I thought about the people that I look up to... People who have grace and they seem happy and they give us an example of how to behave. I talked to my husband (art consultant Will Kopelman)... He's someone I think about when I think about that kind of person; I talk to his family, who I love. I talk to my godfather Steven Spielberg; I seek advice from him."
The Charlie's Angels star donned a yarmulke when she married art consultant Kopelman in a traditional Jewish ceremony last June (12) and now Barrymore reveals she's thinking about formally becoming a member of his religion so little Olive, who was born in September (12), can be raised in a proper Jewish household.
During an appearance on U.S. chat show The View on Friday (25Jan13), she said, "He is a nice Jewish man from a nice Jewish family. I do the Seders (holiday feast), and we do Passover. I haven't converted yet, (but) Olive will be raised traditionally. And we had a very traditional wedding ceremony with Rabbi Rubinstein and I did the ketubah (prenuptial agreement), and we wore the yarmulkes, we were under the chuppah (wedding canopy).
"I'm there. I love it. It's a beautiful faith and I'm so honoured to be around it. It's so family-oriented and beautiful and I learn so much and the stories are so beautiful. And it's incredibly enlightening. I'm really happy."
The Hollywood star opened the doors to her home in Montecito, California for talk show host Oprah Winfrey and showed off her four-month-old daughter Olive for the cameras.
The Charlie's Angels star also discussed motherhood and teared up as she promised to always be there for her little girl.
Barrymore told Winfrey, "I will be there at 3pm in the school line waiting to pick her up. That is first and foremost. I think that's, as a kid, what I craved the most... just believing that that was going to be there - (my mother) being there in that school line. I think the world offers so many wonderful varieties of obstacles, but that shouldn't be one for kids... the worry that 'my parent won't be there'."
The former child star, who emancipated herself from her mother Jaid as a teen, also explained her decision not to invite her mum to attend her wedding to Will Kopelman last year (12).
Barrymore added, "She was not there, which was very hard. We both discussed it and thought it would be best (for her not to come)."
During the candid chat, due to air in the U.S. on Sunday (20Jan13), Barrymore also admitted she worries about Olive discovering her wild child past.
She explains, "I will absolutely instil in her that you cannot be ashamed of the journey that it took to get where you are if you are proud of yourself. But I will also try to instil in her that I did not have guidance and that is why I lived my life that way. And although I am proud of it and I don't want to spend the rest of my life regretting it, there is no option for her to take that path because she has guidance."
After wrapping her 2009 directorial debut in Whip It, Barrymore went on a solo journey to India to give herself a chance to reflect on her future.
However, the Charlie's Angels star admits she panicked when the time came to give up her career, since she has been working on movies continuously since her childhood.
She tells Good Housekeeping magazine, "It freaked me out. I was afraid to let go. But with great risk comes great reward. We always wonder (when single), 'Where is this person? Oh my God, I'm lonely; what's my future?' But eventually you'll meet somebody, and this time will be gone. And you will kick yourself for not enjoying it. For me, that year was a great investment. It made me realise, I'm ready for something different."
Barrymore is convinced the life-changing trip also made her better prepared for her new role as a wife and mother after marrying Will Kopelman and giving birth to a daughter, Olive, last September (12).
She adds, "Had I not carved out that time for myself, I don't know if I'd be as happy trying to figure out what makes my husband happy and how to be a good mom. I needed to be on my own and do my own thing."
The former Doctor Who star's wife Georgia Moffett gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Olive, in March, 2011, and they wed that New Year's Eve (31Dec11).
Tennant subsequently revealed he had adopted Moffett's son Tyler, from a previous relationship - and now he has confirmed the couple is set to add to its brood.
Speaking to U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross, the actor gushes of the impending arrival, "It's lovely, very lovely. Very exciting."