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Controversial British comedian Ricky Gervais found himself under attack on Monday (01Sep14) after cracking a joke about the headline-grabbing celebrity nude photo leak on Twitter.com.
The privacy of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and model Kate Upton were violated on Sunday (31Aug14) after intimate snaps of the stars surfaced online, with the mystery hacker responsible for the leak claiming to be in possession of similar pictures of more than 100 famous females. FBI agents have been called in to investigate the leak, while lawyers for both Lawrence and Upton have threatened to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen snaps on the Internet.
Gervais offered up his thoughts about the Hollywood scandal in a post on Twitter on Monday, writing, "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer."
However, his attempt to make light of the situation only angered followers, with many taking aim at Gervais for appearing to blame the victims for the leak. The offensive post has since been deleted, but Gervais fired back at his detractors by making it clear he was not condoning the hacking.
In a series of follow-up tweets, he wrote, "Making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing... "Of course the hackers are 100 (per cent) to blame but you can still makes (sic) jokes about it. Jokes don't portray your true serious feelings on a subject..." Attempting to draw a line under the controversy, he then concluded with the message, "Make jokes, not war."
Meanwhile, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and actress Patricia Arquette have followed in Lena Dunham's footsteps by condemning the hacker online and urging fans not to view the stolen snaps.
Taking to her Twitter blog, Watson writes, "Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy", and Arquette adds, "Every time someone opens a stolen intimate nude photo of anyone. They are becoming a sexual molester. Participating in a group molestation. Please explain why it is alright to look at someones private stolen intimate images (sic)?"
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Prince William welcomed a bevy of stars including Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss and Emma Watson to Windsor Castle for a charity gala on Tuesday night (13May14). The Duke of Cambridge invited over 200 notable figures into the royal residence in support of London's The Royal Marsden hospital, of which he is president.
Among the famous faces who filed into the benefit at Queen Elizabeth II's residence were Blanchett, Moss, Watson, Cara Delevingne, Benedict Cumberbatch, photographer Mario Testino, Helena Bonham Carter and singer Emeli Sande, who also performed at the event.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren was the toast of the evening, with the prince revealing the style guru is funding a new state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility at the hospital.
The fashionable evening had one noticble absentee, however - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had stayed at home with their son, Prince George.
During the event, Bonham Carter admitted she was nervous about meeting Prince William again after a previous embarassing encounter.
She told reporters, "The Duke and I met before, along with the Duchess, before they were married, when I was staying on Mustique (island). I got very drunk at one point and I was determined to ask him to be a godfather to my daughter. He quite wisely said no. I admire him. He has got the same grace as both his parents."
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been named the Most Desirable Woman of 2014 in a new survey. The 26 year old English beauty nabbed the title in the AskMen.com poll, which was created to find the world's most in-demand females.
Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie comes in second, while model/actress Emily Ratajkowski earns a spot at number three, followed by last year's winner Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson.
Kate Upton, Kerry Washington, Amy Adams, Margot Robbie and Kate Moss all make the top 10.
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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 end of the second episode of this season of Elementary, detective Sherlock Holmes was talking to his partner/trainee, Joan Watson, about the death of a former patient of hers. He then offered to accompany her to the grave site the next time she went. There was a pause as they both looked at each other and then she said she would like that. My immediate reaction was, "Oh, they are NOT going there already, are they?"
I know that every show thinks there has to be some sexual tension to grab viewers, but forcing that would make this one jump the shark way too quickly. We want to see the intellectual sides of the two characters, where they both learn from each other. Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes as an aloof, detached sort, caring only about the problem in front of him. He came a bit out of his shell earlier in the episode, asking Watson if she was going to pursue a particular avenue involving loaning money to the son of her dead patient. He then advanced her more than she asked for, but seemed content to let her choose her own course of action despite expressing earlier reservations.
The other thing is (avoid this if you have not seen the first season) that Holmes should be very wary of love after finding that the woman that he had been grieving all those years had turned out to be his greatest adversary, Moriarty. Having him fall for Watson and vice versa would make no sense. Then again, I'm not a scriptwriter.
The last thing that we need is for the show to suddenly devolve to sudden sideways glances while the two are investigating something or having their hands suddenly touch when reaching for a particular clue. I know, there's always a subset of people who want to 'ship' two characters on a show. There's those who waited forever to see Rick Castle and Kate Beckett get together on Castle. The phenomenon first came into play on Supernatural when Sam Winchester told his brother Dean during an episode when the characters went out into the 'real world' that people on internet boards wanted to pair those two together. "But...but...we're brothers!" Dean spluttered. Sam's only answer was a shrug.
Elementary just seems to work better with its present equation and I think that even nudging it into 'shipping' territory would be a grievous mistake, The ghost of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is probably nodding his head at this. It's elementary, really.
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Actress Lily Collins has landed a new job as the global ambassador for Lancome. The Mirror Mirror star joins other famous faces including Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Emma Watson and is set to appear in ads promoting the French Ballerine collection starting in January (14).
Announcing the big news, Lancome International's general manager Francoise Lehmann, says, "With her charm, gracefulness, modernity and lively wit, Lily Collins is the perfect embodiment of femininity according to Lancome."
Melanie Griffith's actress daughter Dakota Johnson will romance Charlie Hunnam in the upcoming film adaptation of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. Author E.L. James announced the big news on Monday (02Sep13), revealing The Social Network star, whose father is Miami Vice veteran Don Johnson, had been chosen to portray adventurous college student Anastasia Steele on the big screen.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog, James wrote, "I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."
Minutes later, she added, "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."
Johnson's casting comes just days after she was tipped for the role, ahead of the likes of Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale and Alexis Bledel, while Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam also recently emerged as the hot favourite to play masochistic billionaire Grey.
British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie.
Melanie Griffith's actress daughter Dakota Johnson has emerged as the favourite for the female lead in the big screen adaptation of raunchy bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. The 23-year-old former model, whose father is Miami Vice legend Don Johnson, is currently a "serious contender" to play the book's heroine Anastasia Steele, according to movie industry website TheWrap.com.
A host of famous faces, including Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale and Alexis Bledel, have reportedly been considered for the coveted part, but Johnson is said to be a favourite as she has few film credits to her name.
British moviemaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed up to direct the Hollywood version of the erotic literary sensation by E.L. James, while Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam is the latest name linked to the role of masochistic billionaire Christian Grey.
Slowly but surely, Beyonce Knowles is taking over the human brain. The vast majority of the American populace is entranced by her dominating allure, each of us falling victim to her thanks to her stronghold on a growing number of our sensory receptors.
Right out the gate, she reigned supreme in the occular. Obviously, Beyonce is objectively beautiful. Of course, there's the auditory. Her musical numbers are what made her famous in the first place, as we all know. And now, the olfactory. Yes, Beyonce's perfume line Heat has been named the No. 1 celebrity fragrance worldwide. Now, she officially has our noses.
So what's next? A Beyonce cooking show to snag taste? A Beyonce massage parlor for touch? And what about those weird other ones scientists are talking about now — balance and proprioception and humor? Where will it end, Beyonce? When will you be satisfied?!
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