Danica Patrick has certainly made her mark on NASCAR history. But long before she became a figure to idolize for ferociously speeding down the track, Louise Smith revved her engine and paved the way for future female racers. In an attempt to highlight Smith's successes, Lionsgate has teamed up with Odd Lot Entertainment and acquired Spitfire, the fact-based story of Smith and her tenure as one of the top female racers in the 1950s, according to Deadline.
The film, which is being penned by Grant Thompson (2014's McFarland), will follow "the first lady of racing" — a figure who is known for racing at the Daytona Beach road course, being the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and securing the initial funding for the institution that would become NASCAR. (Basically, every person who loves NASCAR should be bowing down to the groundbreaking Smith.)
Given that the last big-name film that NASCAR lent its name to was Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, this female-driven film (no pun intended*) seems to be quite a different speed than the Will Ferrell flick. As of yet, it's hard to tell what kind of audience the film is going to bring in, but if it's anything like A League of Their Own, then it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser that sends feminism-induced chills rolling up all of our spines. Because as everyone knows, there's nothing better than an underdog rising to the top and knocking a few smirks off of doubtful faces.
Nicky Weinstock of Invention Films is producing, and NASCAR is executive producing.
*That pun was totally intended.
Will Ferrell's bumbling newsman character from the Anchorman film franchise, Ron Burgundy, has landed his own exhibit. Costumes and props from 2004 hit Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy and its upcoming sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, feature in a new display at Washington D.C.'s Newseum, which will open on Thursday (14Nov13) and run until the end of August, 2014.
The MTV European Music Awards were held in Amsterdam on November 10, and other than a few tryhard moments (side-eye to Miley), the show was full of good times, Ron Burgundy, and Iggy Azalea’s nether regions. Here are some Twitter highlights from celebs who attended the ceremony.
last night was a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr thanks @katyperry for hosting pic.twitter.com/WLmP1L006k
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 11, 2013
Miley is so hard, don’t you know? She smoked a joint on television! Sure, smoking a joint onstage in Amsterdam is about as rebellious as eating a burger onstage in America, but still – Miley is following the “How to Be a Rebel 101” handbook to a T by now claiming to not remember much of the awards. Doubt that was the weed though, sweets...
Obsessed with this photo! @RonBurgundy RT @thewhitmore: Stay Classy!! http://t.co/0gCGZHTKtP #MTVEMA
— MTV EMA (@mtvema) November 10, 2013
Hands down, Ron Burgundy was the greatest thing about the event. His romantic bike ride with Daft Punk pretty much made the whole weekend.
I love award. http://t.co/aSbJdiJ3TZ
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) November 11, 2013
Man of few words meets the Anchorman himself.
Someone sang "I love the way" in the hallway, I turn around it's @BrunoMars. My organs fell out. I'm a corpse. I'm dead. HES SO NICE #MTVEMA
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 10, 2013
Ariana went on a confession-a-thon about her love for Bruno Mars on her Twitter. After she put her organs back in, of course.
If you think this involves my vag lips your mistaken And yeah I'm posting it just to let you know I... http://t.co/Wzv3z5woWE
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) November 10, 2013
You just know the conversation’s going to be good when these 8 words start a sentence: “If you think this involves my vag lips...”
Pop star Justin Timberlake has been unveiled as one of GQ magazine's Men of the Year after he was feted in New York on Monday (11Nov13). The Suit & Tie hitmaker, who celebrated the honour with his wife Jessica Biel as his date, is among five stars who have been chosen for their achievements, including Matthew McConaughey, rapper Kendrick Lamar, comedian Will Ferrell and the late James Gandolfini.
Biel took to Twitter.com to share her excitement for her husband ahead of the ceremony, writing, "Lending my Man of the Year to GQ Magazine for the night!"
The stars all grace individual covers for the magazine's upcoming 18th annual Men Of The Year issue.
Eminem led the winners at the 2013 Mtv Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, on Sunday (10Nov13), taking home two awards and securing his lead as the artist with the most EMAs ever. The rapper won the Best Hip Hop prize and was awarded the the Global Icon trophy for his continued success over the last decade. He has now won 15 MTV EMAs - more than anyone else.
He also took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God before Will Ferrell, dressed as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, presented him with his Global Icon accolade.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had led nominations ahead of the ceremony, but Timberlake went home empty handed, while the hitmaking duo had to make do with the prize for Best New Act.
Miley Cyrus stole the spotlight during the ceremony - the former Hannah Montana star performed twice, opening the event with a rendition of her We Can't Stop hit accompanied by a leather-clad little person, who she groped and spanked. Miley then returned to the stage for an impassioned performance of Wrecking Ball, which won her the Best Video award.
Her pal Katy Perry scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally, while and absent Justin Bieber was named Best Male for the second year in a row. He accepted his award via a video link from South America, where he is currently on tour.
Other performance highlights came from Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character appeared in a number of skits throughout the night, guiding the viewers around Amsterdam with a canal trip accompanied by Daft Punk lookalikes and making a confused visit to the city's famous red light district.
LMFAO star Redfoo hosted the evening and donned nine different costumes, including one which appeared to be edible.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Justin Bieber
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live Act: Beyonce
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Video: MIley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Look: Harry Styles
Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: Chris Lee, China
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Lady Sybil is back, ya'll — well, the actress who played her is, at least. In the trailer for the romantic fantasy Winter's Tale, Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is romanced by Colin Farrell (although we wish she were still madly in love with her Irish rebel back at the Downton estate), and... time-travel is involved?
The Warner Bros. film, which is based on Mark Helprin's 1983 novel of the same name, follows a thief named Peter (Farrell) who falls in love with a dying woman named Beverly (Findlay). (Side note: Why is Findlay always dying?). Decades later, we find an un-aged Peter in New York City with no recollection of his former life. Yes, it appears that we've got another time-traveling romance on our hands (we're looking at you, About Time), or as IMDB says, a story of reincarnation.
The trailer makes the film's plot seem a little bit scattered, but what we can discern from the two-and-a-half minute peek is that Jennifer Connelly eventually steps in to help forgetful, time-jumping Peter remember who he is and what happened to him and Beverly. Oh, and Russell Crowe plays a mobster with a gigantic scar on his face who's out to kill Peter, and Peter's mystical horse might be able to travel through time as well. Yup, that's all we can put together. Take a look at the trailer and try and figure out if you can solve the Winter Tale mystery.
Winter's Tale, which is directed by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), is set to hit theaters on Feb. 14, 2014. If the film is being released on Valentine's Day, it has to have a happy ending, right?
"My wife just commented today that Ron Burgundy looks like a real a**hole." Will Ferrell's wife Vivica doesn't share her husband's affection for his reprised role as the eccentric journalist in the highly-anticipated Anchorman 2 film.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting a lot of Hollywood support in their bid for a World Series baseball berth - Tom Cruise and his son Connor and Bryan Cranston were spotted at the team's play-off series with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week (beg14Oct13) and Will Ferrell read out the Dodgers' starting line-up at Wednesday's (16Oct13) game. Tinseltown's favourite baseball team is currently 3-2 down in the best-of-seven series, which resumes in St. Louis on Friday (18Oct13).
Moving to New York seems like such a magical idea until you realize you don't live in a romantic comedy. Here are the top five movie myths that may have jump-started a desire to relocate to Manhattan but will most likely not be the world you live in.New LineSex and The City: The MovieMoving to the big city means you'll definitely find the love of your life, or at least find the man you’re gonna marry after going on tons of fun dates and having awesome random hook-ups like Carrie and her clan, right? Wrong. NYC Movie Myth #1: You won’t have a fabulous wedding at the New York Public Library, you’ll probably be alone for the rest of your life. That may be dramatic but c’mon, you probably will be a cat lady living in a way too expensive Upper East Side apartment. And it definitely won’t be as trendy as Carrie’s studio.Nick and Nora's Infinite PlaylistHow great would it be to have an all-night adventure through Manhattan with a guy as cute as Michael Cera? Listen, you can even try to have this happen (seriously, plan it out) but eventually it’ll be 4 a.m. and the train running back to Brooklyn will be undergoing construction and suddenly you’re stuck with an annoying hipster and all you want to do is go to sleep. NYC Movie Myth #2: Your nights will consist of laying in bed watching Arrested Development on Netflix rather than gallivanting through a magical city until morning. Maid in ManhattanThis one may be a bit more realistic as you will probably have to clean hotel rooms to pay your exorbitant Williamsburg rent. However, if you think your minimum wage gig is going to eventually lead you to marry a guy as sexy as Ralph Fiennes, you better think twice. NYC Myth #3: Your crappy job won’t lead you to fall in love with a gorgeous man and break up his engagement so you can be together. How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysThis rom-com made you want to move to the city, work at a big magazine and fall in love with one of your story subjects, right? And then spend a weekend with his crazy family in Staten Island and eventually stay together forever? NYC Movie Myth #4: You won’t find a high-paying job at a large publication and most guys won’t bring you to meet their family because of the high number of non-committal jerks in Manhattan. ElfThe holiday season is almost upon us and what is more magical than walking down 5th Ave, gazing at all the store-front windows? New York is great during November and December! That’s totally true. But if you think that Santa is going to end up in Central Park with an awkwardly old elf that looks like Will Ferrell, you’re sadly mistaken. NYC Myth #5: You won’t be singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with a crowd of random people on Christmas Eve to help ol’ Saint Nick deliver toys to children around the world.
There's something out there that not even light can escape, where not even the most seasoned actor can guide a show into strong enough ratings to be renewed for a second season. Where not even the blaze of the strongest sun can provide enough warmth for a show to survive. That seems to be the case with Modern Family.
I was rooting for How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life) to be successful due to Sarah Chalke. I have been a big fan of hers since her days on Scrubs. She's a fantastic comedic actress that really learned the ropes early on a popular sit-com when she replaced Lecy Goranson as Becky on Roseanne. Alas, not even she could escape this: the show was canceled before its first season even completed its run. Suburgatory wasn't canceled, but after this past season, it jettisoned Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, which reduces the show to dwarf star status (yes, it's astronomy humor - just go with it).
This seems to continue a trend: Happy Endings and Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23, both really smart and funny shows that never got the audience appreciation that they deserved, both aired after Modern Family initially. Sadly, the Krysten-Ritter-led Apartment 23 choked worse than her character Jane on Breaking Bad and found itself canceled despite including the awesomeness that was James Van Der Beek. Happy Endings made it to another time slot, but even that was not enough to save it.
What is it that brings about these poor ratings? Is it because their lead-in is such a great and popular show that anything that is viewed as being lesser than it is left behind? Or do people just want to see Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara and then switch off the television regardless of what is on next? ABC needs to figure out what is going on, pronto. Otherwise the space following it will continue to be an empty place devoid of loyal followers.
The latest to try her hand is Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, her show Super Fun Night has been critically panned. Its premiere got somewhat decent numbers, but it remains to be seen if it can become a stronger show that can take that slot immediately after Modern Family. Wilson's got quite the uphill climb, but perhaps one day there will be a success story that can compete with its stronger lead-in. Of course, that might mean that science is broken, since nothing escapes a black hole...
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