Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has defended herself against online jibes about her weight. The 21 year old, whose father is Bobby Brown, has been bombarded with abuse on Twitter.com after uploading several snaps showing off her extremely slim figure.
Now Brown has hit back at her critics, insisting she is naturally lithe like her late mother.
Taking to Twitter.com she writes, "I am my mother's child! Have you ever heard of a fast metabolism? Damn, lol (laugh out loud), it's incredible how the world will judge you 4 any & everything. (sic)"
Her husband, Nick Gordon, adds, "My baby is perfect the way she is. And for the record she was made that way why change I know she is beautiful."
Houston was criticised by fans in 2001 when she performed at a Michael Jackson tribute concert looking worryingly gaunt.
Mike Myers has scrapped an appearance at the Miami International Film Festival in Florida on Tuesday (11Mar14) as he prepares for the imminent arrival of his second child. The Shrek star was set to make an appearance at the event to speak about his documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, about the hell-raising music manager behind Alice Cooper and Jimi Hendrix.
However, the funnyman has now decided to stay in New York to look after his heavily pregnant wife Kelly, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Shep Gordon himself and Miami Heat basketball team boss Pat Riley will now attend a question and answer session in Myers' place.
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In 2013, Julianne Moore began a plot of world domination so quiet that you might not have noticed. The four-time Oscar nominee delivered some amazing performances in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon, the Carrie remake, the indie film What Maisie Knew, and another excellent independent feature The English Teacher, where she played a high school teacher having an affair with a former student. She was brilliant, and we sort of wish more people would address that!
This will be another big year for the actress with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, where we'll see her take on the pivotal role of President Alma Coin. But before that, she takes the lead in Maps to the Stars, a film that also stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska. David Cronenberg is directing, and the fact that he's finally teaming up with this brilliant actress is enough reason to get excited (this is the guy who brought us The Fly, A History of Violence, and the recent gem Cosmopolis). Described as "a vicious look at a twisted Hollywood dynasty", Maps will also work as a critique of celebrity and pop culture in Western society. Yes, please.
This month we get to see her go thriller with Liam Neeson and Lupita Nyong'o in Non-Stop., in theaters now.
While the plot to this one seems a little less compelling than some of her other upcoming projects, we have already declared this the year of Julianne Moore and, therefore, are excited for every single one of her movies. And Moore is excited as well. She recently gave an interview to The Telegraph and talked about Jennifer Lawrence, her life as a "shockingly domestic" mother of two, and the fact that she is living a wonderfully priveleged life — and she's grateful for it. In general, she just came off like the amazing goddess, movie star that we believe her to be. So it was good to have that confirmed.
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Rocker Thurston Moore has blasted a female blogger for "gender fascism" after she criticised the former Sonic Youth frontman for discussing the affair which ended his marriage to his bandmate Kim Gordon. The veteran musician recently opened up about finding love with book editor Eva Prinz in an interview with British magazine The Fly, admitting they are now living together in London following his split from Gordon in 2011.
He said, "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now...
"I've had some life issues. In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it... (but) I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does."
His candid comments prompted one Jezebel.com blogger to brand Moore a "d**k" for gushing about the woman he cheated with, but the rocker has since hit back to defend himself.
In an angry post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love."
Actress Sheila Macrae has died, aged 93. The British actress, who played Alice Kramden on the hit 1960s U.S. TV comedy series The Jackie Gleason Show, passed away on Friday (07Mar14) in a New Jersey nursing home.
An accomplished all-round entertainer, MacRae toured nightclubs as one half of an act she former with her actor/singer husband Gordon MacRae.
The couple's actress daughter Meredith lost her battle with brain cancer in 2000, aged 56.
MacRae was born in London, but she made her home New York as a child.
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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During his monologue last night, Jimmy Kimmel shared a clip of Joseph Gordon-Levitt recreating the very classic "David After Dentist" video from five years ago. Check out the clip down below:
Although the gap tooth was a nice touch, Gordon-Levitt looked more like Ben Stiller's Simple Jack from Tropic Thunder than the drugged-up preadolescent David. Otherwise, his performance was spot on!
The clip comes right off the heals of Kimmel's plan to turn viral YouTube videos into big budget Hollywood productions. In case you haven't check it out, here's a psychedelic mash-up of "David After Dentist" and "Double Rainbow" and it looks like it could be an early Oscar contender!
Gun to my head, I might be able to say something positive about 300: Rise of an Empire. In a vacuum, I suppose I'd call its aesthetic appealing, its production value impressive, or its giant rhinos kind of cool. But these elements cannot be taken alone, embroidered on a gigantic patch of joyless pain that infests your conscious mind from its inceptive moments on.
It's not so much that the 300 sequel fails at its desired conceit — it gives you exactly what it promises: gore, swordplay, angry sex, halfwit maxims about honor and manliness and the love of the fight. It's simply that its desired conceit is dehumanizing agony. Holding too hard and too long to its mission statement to top its Zack Snyder-helmed predecessor in scope, scale, and spilled pints of blood, Noam Murro's Rise of an Empire doesn't put any energy into filtering its spectacular mayhem through whatever semblance of a humanistic touch made the first one feel like a comprehensive movie.
Now, it's been a good eight years since I've seen 300, and I can't say that I was particularly fond of it. But beneath its own eye-widening layer of violence, there was a tangible idea of who King Leonidas was, what this war meant, and why Sparta mattered. No matter how much clumsy exposition is hurled our way, all we really know here is that there are two sides and they hate each other.
When Rise of an Empire asks us to engage on a more intimate level, which it does — the personal warfare between Sullivan Stapleton (whose name, I guess, is Themistokles) and Bad Guy Captain Eva Green (a.k.a. Artemisia) is founded on the idea that she likes him, and he kind of digs her (re: angry sex), and they want to rule together, but a rose by any other name and all that — we're effectively lost. With characters who don't matter in the slightest, material like this is just filler between the practically striking battle sequences.
But when the "in-between material" is as meaningless as it is in Rise of an Empire, the battles can't function as much more than filler themselves. Filler between the opening titles and closing credits. A game of Candy Crush you play on the subway. Contemptfully insubstantial and not particularly fun, but taking place nonetheless.
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Without even a remote layer of camp — too palpably absent as Rise of an Empire splashes its screen with so much human fluid that "The End" by The Doors will start to play in your head — there's no victory in a movie like this. No characters to latch onto, no story to follow, no joy to be derived. Yes, it might be aesthetically stunning (and really, that's where the one star comes in... well, half a star for that and half for the giant rhinos), but the marvel of its look shrinks under the shadow of the painful vacancy of anything tolerable.
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Sonic Youth star Thurston Moore has opened up about the affair that ended his marriage to bandmate Kim Gordon, insisting he's "in a really sweet relationship" with book editor Eva Prinz. Sonic Youth have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2011, when news of Gordon and Moore's split hit the headlines.
During an interview with Elle magazine last year (13), Gordon revealed an affair ended the marriage, stating, "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."
Now, her ex has told The Fly that he has been living with Prinz in London.
He says, "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now."
He adds, "I've had some life issues. In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's just something I work through in my own world.
"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does."
Prinz launched the Ecstatic Peace Library with Moore in 2009 and she appears in his latest video.
Actor David Mazouz has landed the role of a young Bruce Wayne in the Batman prequel Gotham. The Touch star will join Sean Pertwee in the series, which will be based around character James Gordon, a police rookie who later rises to the rank of commissioner, and his career before the emergence of the Caped Crusader.
Newcomer Camren Bicondova has also been cast as thief Selina Kyle, who was portrayed by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.
Former The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Gordon, opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor and Donal Logue.