"Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get... And it's unfortunate that we don't have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff." Singer-turned-politician Clay Aiken on the recent nude photo scandal, which hit celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kaley Cuoco Sweeting.
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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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Actor James Mcavoy has urged his fellow Scots to treat the country's independence referendum defeat as a victory and work towards making his homeland great. The Glaswegian Wanted star is thrilled so many Scots got behind the campaign to break away from the United Kingdom, even though they fell short by 18 per cent.
Now, the actor hopes those who campaigned hard for independence will get to work.
He tells WENN, "It's better than what we had before. It's a step.We have to move forward now with positivity as if we've won something, because we have actually still won something. We need to stop campaigning and start working."
Rising R&B star August Alsina has reached out to fans from his hospital bed after waking up from a three-day coma following his concert collapse in New York on Monday night (15Sep14). The No Love singer lost consciousness midway through his performance and stumbled off stage and into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local medical centre, where Alsina's representative revealed he was being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
He has since regained consciousness and has wasted no time in assuring fans he is on the road to recovery via Instagram.com.
On Friday (19Sep14), Alsina shared a photo of himself in his hospital bed with his best friend by his side, and in the caption, he wrote, "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ (with) every follower of mine. iWoke (sic) up out of a 3 day coma... &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I'm tryna (sic) say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second'. I'm recovering well and thankyou (sic) for all of your prayers & concerns."
Alsina had to scrap a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (16Sep14) due to his hospitalisation. It is not yet known when he will be well enough to return to the stage, but U.S. dates scheduled until early October (14) are still live on his website.
Former t.A.T.u. star Yulia Volkova has stunned fans by revealing she would not be happy if her son turned out to be gay. The All The Things She Said singer, who formed the lipstick lesbian duo with Lena Katina, appeared on a Russian chat show recently and admitted she has no love for gay men.
Asked what she would so if her son announced he was gay, Volkova reportedly said, "I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man.
"God created man for procreation. It is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength... I won't accept a gay son."
According to NME.com, she further risked the wrath of fans and gay activists alike, by stating, "A man has no right to be a f*g."
She added, "Two girls together (is) not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing. But I want to say that I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man."
The t.A.T.u. star gave birth to her son in December, 2007.
The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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"I am a big no. I think the should stay with the union. It's 307 years old, it works incredibly well." Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson revealed he was against Scottish independence during an appearance on U.S. show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (18Sep14) as people in the U.K. were awaiting the outcome of a referendum. People voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.
Liam Neeson showed off his fun side on U.S. show Watch What Happens Live! on Thursday (18Sep14) when he read out famous movie quotes after taking a hit of helium from a balloon. Pal and fellow guest John Benjamin Hickey had to guess the movies from the Taken star's high-pitched lines.
Billy Crystal reduced Whoopi Goldberg to tears on U.S. TV on Friday (19Sep14) as they reminisced about their late friend Robin Williams. The When Harry Met Sally actor was a guest on Goldberg's daytime talk show The View, and during his appearance, he recalled how he and Williams would spend hours on the phone to one another each of the four times the Ghost actress was selected to host the Oscars.
Crystal explained, "We were very protective of Whoopi. When you would host the Oscars and... Robin would be in San Francisco and I'd be in L.A... she'd do an opening, phone would ring. 'How do you think she's doing, boss?' and I was going, 'It was good, really strong opening; it was great'. Five minutes later you'd done your first intro (and he'd call again): 'What do you think?', (I'd reply), 'I think it was really good'.
"The whole show would be the two of us on the phone."
The touching tale brought tears to Goldberg's eyes and she struggled to regain her composure as she held Crystal's hand.
After wiping away her tears, the comedienne offered up her own recollections of working with her two old pals during the Comic Relief USA charity shows, saying, "I would just sit and you didn't want to do anything, you'd just want to watch these fools."
She also recalled meeting Williams early on in her career at The Comedy Store in San Diego, California, where he promptly took Goldberg under his wing: "(He) babysat me and took care of me for as long as I can remember and we've aged together and grown up together... There was nothing that we couldn't do together."
Williams took his own life last month (Aug14) after a long battle with depression.
"It does make tipping an awkward situation, because it's like you don't wanna to be cheap, obviously, but you don't wanna be obnoxious; you don't wanna leave, like, a car. You wanna be, like, cool... I was shoe shopping recently, and I said, 'Oh, can you bring me a size eight...' They go back there and bring me another shoe and I felt so bad so I'm like pulling out a 20 ($20) to give to this guy... I was with my girlfriend and she was like, 'What are you doing?'" Actress Kaley Cuoco Sweeting hates the fact her huge The Big Bang Theory salary is public knowledge. She reportedly makes $1 million (£625,000) per episode thanks to a new deal.