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The Fault In Our Stars and TV series Orange Is The New Black were the big winners at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday (27Jul14), scooping three honours each.
The teen romance film picked up the Favourite Flick accolade at the annual prizegiving, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's young stars. The movie's main star, Ansel Elgort, won Fan Favourite - Male and was also awarded Best On-Screen Couple with co-star Shailene Woodley.
The prison-based TV series was crowned the most Bingeworthy TV Show while Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the show, won Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber won the We Love to Hate You trophy for his evil character George 'Pornstache' Mendez.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber also took to the stage in Los Angeles to be honoured with the Champ of Charity Award, for his humanitarian work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other winners included Ed Sheeran, Chloe Grace Moretz and British singer Sam Smith. The ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will be televised in the U.S. on Monday (28Jul14).
R&B star R. Kelly is expanding his resume by releasing a house music album inspired by his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker is working on a new record influenced by the music created in the Windy City in the late 1970s.
Kelly revealed his new project during a concert in Chicago last week (06Jul14), when he was caught on camera saying, "I want y'all to know a secret. I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming."
"And y'all know, I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music - just like y'all."
The house music record is just one of many projects the singer is working on - in March (13), he announced he is planning a follow-up to his 2013 LP Black Panties, titled White Panties, and is reportedly also putting together a holiday album called The 12 Nights of Christmas.
Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is to play James Franco's lover in a new biopic.
Franco will portray gay rights activist-turned-pastor Michael Glatze in the Justin Kelly film, adapted from a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
Glatze went on to denounce homosexuality as a minister in Wyoming. Emma Roberts is also attached to the project.
Iggy Azalea's comedian father Brendan James Kelly is releasing a series of naughty 'childrens' books in his native Australia.
The new tomes, which will hist stores next week (beg16Jun14), will include titles like The Perfect Poo and The Runt Who Said C**t. A press release about the books reads, "One of the titles contains illustrations of penises black and white, erect and flaccid while foul language and swear words occur commonly throughout Kelly's work."
Actress Sandra Bullock is laughing off recent rumours she is romantically linked with Captain America star Chris Evans. Speculation has swirled recently that the Oscar winner has been secretly dating the 32-year-old Hollywood hunk after they were spotted having dinner with friends in Los Angeles last month (May14).
However, Bullock is keen to shrug off the rumours, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I'll tell you what happened. We've since married. And it just started breaking apart and now we're filing for divorce. And I hope everyone can respect our privacy. "But we're gonna remain friends and share the responsibility of the farm animals we've taken on, because you can just abandon the animals."
Bullock divorced ex-husband Jesse James after five years of marriage in 2010, and Evans split from actress Minka Kelly last year (13).
Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Skrillex will join Grateful Dead star Mickey Hart for the annual Superjam at this summer's (14) Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and Zedd will also perform with Hart and company at the event in June (14), while Andrew Bird, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal and Ben Folds will perform with guitarist Derek Trucks at another live jam, and The Hangover star Ed Helms will host the festival's The Bluegrass Situation Superjam, featuring Dierks Bentley, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive and Yonder Mountain String Band banjoist Dave Johnston.
Last year's (13) Bonnaroo Superjam featured My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, John Oates, R. Kelly and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard. Bonnaroo 2014 begins on 12 June (14).
James Franco has defended his courtship of a 17-year-old fan again, insisting it's legal to date a girl that young in New York. The movie star's Instagram correspondence with Scottish schoolgirl Lucy Clode turned embarrassing for Franco when she revealed her age.
The 127 Hours star, 36, met the teenager following a performance of his Broadway play Of Mice & Men at the end of March (14), and later contacted her through social media, asking for her phone number and bombarding her with personal questions. Appearing on U.S. TV show Live! With Kelly and Michael days after the scandal broke, he explained the dangers of Internet dating, saying, "I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky. It's the way that people meet each other today, but what I've learned - I guess because I'm new to it - is you don't know who's on the other end... I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson."
And, during a chat with satellite radio shock jock Howard Stern earlier this week (begs28Apr14), Franco attempted to defend his actions, stating, "Seventeen is legal in New York, but that being said, it's still pretty damn young. They make it out like I'm pursuing young women. I'm not going to high schools looking for dates. I'm leaving my work and they're coming there. So, I'm seeing attractive women."
And the actor insists he was nothing but polite: "I saw her (Clode) and she said on her page, 'I love James Franco! Blahblahblah'. 'Well, OK, you look interesting. I don't know how old you are. I was a gentleman. I said, 'Do you have a boyfriend?' And her response was, 'Not when you're around'. So that to me sounds like, 'OK, she's interested'."
During the conversation with Stern, Franco also confirmed he had kissed Lindsay Lohan during a romantic encounter with the Mean Girls star when she was 17, but he insisted the two never had sex - even though his name appeared on a lover's list scribbled by Lohan during her rehab stint last year (13).
At the end of Almost Human, the characters on the show met in front of a review board to face the decision of whether or not android Dorian (Michael Ealy) could continue to work as a cop. It was a sidewise smirk at the fact that the Fox series was facing possible cancelation. The show remains on the bubble; the more time that passes, the more bleak the outcome looks. Fox does not have a terribly good record in terms of letting science fiction themed shows breathe and grow for long. Firefly and Terra Nova, anyone?
The thing that will be really aggravating is that if they cancel this in the face of renewing the nihilistic garbage that is The Following. Almost Human is a show that has a heart. Karl Urban and Ealy have an easy cameraderie and there are a lot of unanswered questions that I would love to learn the answers to: What does the other side of The Wall look like? What does John Larroquette's mad scientist have up his sleeve? Will Urban's John Kennex actually make a move at some point with Minka Kelly's Valerie Stahl? Will Michael Irby's Richard Paul ever be a good human being?
I know that part of the decision may be financial. In this day and age, it's cheaper to film shows about psychopaths who stab people over and over and over rather than having to have to build futuristic sets. That doesn't make the possibility of the show not coming back any easier to stomach. The only consolation that I may have is that the network let it run its episodes and not axing it in the middle or even earlier, like some other networks.
There may come a time when science fiction becomes a staple: the CW is trying with The 100 right now, but people seem to prefer the fantastical, like Supernatural, or comic books, like Arrow. Until then, I'll keep hoping and waiting. And also praying that Urban and Ealy don't wind up with roles on The Following in Season 3.
Hollywood actor James Franco has blamed "bad judgement" for his misguided attempt to court a teenage girl via Instagram.com and insisted he feels "embarrassed" by the incident. The 127 Hours star hit headlines this week (beg31Mar14) after screenshots of an online conversation between him and 17-year-old Scottish schoolgirl Lucy Clode emerged online.
Franco met Clode following a performance on his Broadway play in New York City, and later contacted her through Instagram, asking for her phone number and bombarding her with her personal questions including whether she had a boyfriend.
The actor was quizzed about the exchange during an appearance on U.S. TV show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Friday (04Apr14), and he explained the dangers of Internet dating, saying, "I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky. It's the way that people meet each other today, but what I've learned - I guess because I'm new to it - is you don't know who's on the other end. You get a feel for them, you don't know who you're talking to. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson. Unfortunately, in my position - I mean, I have a very good life, but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world. So now, it's double embarrassing."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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