Secret service agents flew into action over the weekend (09-10Aug14) after a stranger was spotted taking pictures outside a celebrity party close to the home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The incident occurred on Sunday (10Aug14) when a man was seen taking pictures close to Harvey Weinstein's home in New York's The Hamptons where the movie mogul was hosting a star-studded screening of his latest film The Giver.
The house is next door to a property rented by the former U.S. leader and his family, and secret service agents issued an alert after the snapper was spotted in the woods.
The unnamed man was questioned by local police and later released.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "An individual was observed between houses taking pictures of an adjacent property. They were stopped, and it was verified they were taking pictures of the other property. Local police were contacted as well. They were sent on their way with no charges."
Stars attending the party included Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton and their pregnant daughter Chelsea.
"I like to carve sculptures out of crayons. I started doing it to pass the time on the set of the Harry Potter films. Throw an idea at me and I'll turn it into a crayon sculpture - anything from a baby squirrel to Harvey Keitel's head. My favourites are busts of Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Bill Murray." Actor Rupert Grint has a hidden talent.
Actress Uma Thurman has called off her engagement to multi-millionaire Arpad Busson, according to a U.K. report. The Kill Bill star began dating the French financier in 2007 and the couple announced its engagement in 2008, but Thurman returned her engagement ring to Busson in 2009.
The couple, who have a daughter together, became engaged again in 2012 after reconciling, but sources tell Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper they have split once again after Thurman was spotted without her engagement ring.
One source says, "Uma and Arki (Busson) were due to attend a gala together on April 8, but Uma showed up without her engagement ring or her fiance. Arki was scheduled to attend and it seemed clear there was only one reason why he didn't show - because he and Uma are no longer an item."
Another source tells the newspaper, "Uma lives in New York while Arki lives in London. He has been out and about without Uma since October when he went to a Halloween party alone. They have been at one or two events together, like Harvey Weinstein's pre-BAFTA party in February, but on that occasion they looked miserable."
A spokesperson for Busson was unavailable for comment while Thurman's representative declined to comment on the report.
The Butler director Lee Daniels is in talks to bring a long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic to fruition on the big screen. Michael B. Jordan, Damon Wayans and Eddie Murphy are all currently in the running to play the late actor/comedian, who died of a heart attack in 2005, aged 65.
Pryor's widow, Jennifer, is producing the film along with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The untitled project has been in the works since 2009, with actor Forest Whitaker becoming the last big name attached to help bring Pryor's life story to the big screen. He signed on last March (13) to write the script and also produce the film, although it is not known if he is still linked to the movie.
Adam Sandler and director Bill Condon were previously involved in the project before it was shelved in 2011.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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At the Toronto International Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein entertained audiences at a screening of his documentary 12.12.12, about his Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. Weinstein gossiped about the stars who were performing at and even called out Jimmy Page for refusing to reunite with the other members of Led Zepplin despite personal requests from Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But by far the weirdest story he told was about Kristen Stewart.
Weinstein doesn't explain why Stewart was at the event, but says she caught the eye of a "Prince of an Arabian country" who requested a "sit down" with her. Stewart agreed, and had a 15-minute conversation in exchange for $500,000 in cash. While we're all for raising money for charity, and are sure Stewart is too, isn't there something really... off about this? For one, it doesn't really seem to jibe with her usual "I'm too awkward to live" protestations. For another, it's dangerously close to Lindsay Lohan territory. Granted this was to benefit victims of a hurricane and not to take a private jet to a film festival, but still.
Also, Weinstein's words are cringeworthy: "She said 'How much?' My kind of girl." Uh, okay, that might be funnier if Weinstein didn't spending an inordinate amount of time with his arm around really skeeved out 20-something actresses. We all remember Jennifer Lawrence's jokes/cries for help as she picked up award after award for her performance in The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook. Which poses an interesting question: Why is Harvey Weinstein so keen to tell the public that Robsten-breaking, middle finger-flipping Kristen Stewart is a generous and chairtable soul? Just self-aggrandizing publicity for the documentary? Or does he see her as the next target of his Oscar-generating machine of a movie studio? If so, selling your celebrity to the highest bidder should not be a prerequisite for success, even highly strategic success like Oscar campaigning.
So run, KStew, run! Run to college and maybe a money managing seminar so you are never obliged to do anything for Harvey Weinstein again!
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One of rocker Jimmy Page's lawyers thwarted an attempt to reunite Led Zeppelin for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit gig in New York City last winter (12), according to movie mogul and concert organiser Harvey Weinstein. The film boss tells the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter he came close to agreeing terms to get Page back onstage with bandmates Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in December (12), but the guitarist's legal expert wrecked his big plan.
Weinstein says, "He's got a lawyer who's Satan or something like that."
The movie mogul also asked former U.S. leader Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama to help him secure the services of Led Zeppelin at the big charity gig.
Clear Channel entertainment president John Sykes, who produced the concert with Weinstein, explains, "Harvey found out Led Zeppelin was being honoured by The Kennedy Center, and he chartered a plane to (Washington) D.C. and was like, 'We're going to get presidents Obama and Clinton to get Led Zeppelin back together'."
The Hollywood producer reveals Plant and Jones agreed to perform but Page nixed the Madison Square Garden show, which featured the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Billy Joel and Alicia Keys and raised more than $53 million (£35.3 million) for charity.
There was a time when we all knew Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn, Buffy's little sister who wasn't really her sister but was actually her sister. (Confused? Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How have you missed out for so long?) She's also known for her part as Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl. But now Trachtenberg is taking on a much different kind of role as Russian immigrant Marina Oswald on National Geographic's Killing Kennedy. She plays the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Will Rothhaar, pictured below), John F. Kennedy's assassin. Killing Kennedy chronicles the final years of John F. Kennedy and Oswald and is based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. It will debut in November.
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Just goes to show you: even a poor, lowdown greaser from the North Zone can go on to become our nation's leader. Rob Lowe, whose Brat Pack beginnings have launched him to a career of playing criminals (and criminal attorneys) in Lifetime movies, is taking on a National Geographic film based on Bill O'Reilly's best seller Killing Kennedy. In the film, Lowe will embody the charmer that was our 35th president, John F. Kennedy.
Deadline reports that Lowe is joining the two-hour picture, which will focus on Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination of JFK. Playing beside the Commander-in-Chief will be Ginnifer Goodwin (as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy) and Michelle Trachtenberg (as Oswald's wife, Marina Prusakova Oswald). No word yet on who will take the role of the assassin in question.
With Scott Peterson, a lawyer in the Casey Anthony trial, and Parks and recreation's vehemently cheerful city manager making up his recent small screen résumé, we're wondering if the actor can, indeed, take on the thick-haired, strong-jawed, Cuba-invading world leader? We can't say for certain, but we have an inkling: Problowebly.
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Actors Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin are set to play husband and wife after signing up to star in a new drama about former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The former The West Wing hunk will play the assassinated politician, while Goodwin will portray First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in upcoming TV movie Killing Kennedy.
Michelle Trachtenberg will round out the cast as Russian-born Marina Oswald, the wife of accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby before he could face trial.
Production on the project, based on author Bill O'Reilly's bestselling novel of the same name, is set to begin in Richmond, Virginia next month (Jun13). It will air on the National Geographic Channel later this year (13) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Excited about the prospect of showing off her foreign language skills in the role, Trachtenberg took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (28May13) to share the news with fans, writing, "Excited to FINALLY announce I'm starring with @RobLowe in @natgeochannel movie KILLINGKENNEDY as Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald's wife! This will be my first role speaking entirely in Russian."