Forest Whitaker and Jon Voight were among the stars who turned out to help Italian actress Sophia Loren mark her 80th birthday at an exhibition in Mexico celebrating her life and career. The Oscar winner is the focus of a show at the Museo Soumaya, a private museum in Mexico City, and her Hollywood friends turned out for a red carpet gala there on Saturday (20Sep14), the day she reached the milestone.
Whitaker and Voight were among the guests at the glittering event, along with U.S. TV host Larry King and actor Andy Garcia, according to the New York Daily News.
The exhibit, titled Sophia Loren: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, features Loren's belongings and awards including her Oscar statuette, and it officially opens to the public on Monday (22Sep14).
Leonardo DiCaprio enjoyed a late night at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Wednesday (03Sep14) when he chose to stay up to watch Novak Djokovic defeat a weary Andy Murray. The bearded movie star sat in a luxury box to watch the match of the day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
DiCaprio was joined by his mum Irmelin.
The three-hour-plus match ended after 1am local time and now number one seed Djokovic will play Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals this weekend (06-07Sep14).
Singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg and his fiancee Jenny Mccarthy will end the summer (14) in style by becoming husband and wife this weekend (30-31Aug14), according to reports.
Sources claim the New Kids On The Block star will exchange vows with model-turned-TV personality McCarthy in New York on Saturday (30Aug14), just four months after announcing their engagement. The couple initially met in March, 2013 when Wahlberg featured as a guest on her short-lived late night programme, The Jenny McCarthy Show, but it wasn't until U.S. TV presenter Andy Cohen brought them together on his show Watch What Happens Live last summer (13) that they started dating.
The bride-to-be previously revealed she wanted Cohen to officiate the pair's nuptials.
The wedding will be the second for both stars - Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008, and McCarthy shares a son, Evan, with her ex John Asher. They divorced in 2005. In between marriages, she has dated Jim Carrey and football star Brian Urlacher, among others.
Rare films made by Andy Warhol will soon be available to the public. Experts at New York's Museum of Modern Art are working to turn the previously-unseen films, made between 1963 and 1972, into a digital format. The artist withdrew most of his films from circulation in the 1970s but some have gradually been restored since his death in 1987.
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Now that they're done sailing on a boat, hugging it and quitting it, and doing the Creep, The Lonely Island boys are finally ready to tackle their biggest project yet: a feature film. The comedy group, made up of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Golden Globe-winner Andy Samberg, is set to star in and produce a musical comedy for Universal (via Variety). Shaffer and Taccone will also be stepping behind the camera to co-direct the project, and Judd Apatow has also signed on as a producer. Thus far, no information about the project's plot or title have been released, but based on the three comedy albums and hundreds of Digital Shorts that the team has created over the past decade, it seems likely to contain plenty of celebrity cameos, hip hop influences and people's junk in inappropriate places. In fact, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the group decided to look to their musical sketches for cinematic inspiration; after all, the trio has produced a great deal of ridiculous and memorable characters and more than enough absurd premises to provide the basis for a full-length film. We decided to take a look back at Lonely Island's 10 best sketches in order to see if we could predict who (and what) is most likely to appear in the upcoming movie. Something's got to work better than Hot Rod, right?
10) “YOLO” Like most of the group's sketches, “YOLO” relies on a one-joke premise: treating the phrase “YOLO” as a cautionary tale rather than a celebration of adventures. But it’s a great example of Lonely Island's ability to build on that one joke, moving slowly from “be careful” to “never leave your house” to a terrifying shot of them smiling gummy smiles after pulling out all of their teeth. It also happens to be an incredibly well-crafted pop song, which shows how far the group has come in terms of musicality. Could It Be a Movie? There might be enough in the premise in order to create a funny side character, but it’s hard to see how much further the guys would be able to take a joke that ends with them cowering toothless in a boarded-up house.
9) “Great Day” “Great Day” is a rapid-fire barrage of jokes, but what’s great about them is that they all build on each other to tell a complete story. From the first moments when the camera pans through Dennis’ dirty apartment, you already know that the actual song won’t be as upbeat and cheery as the background music. The juxtaposition between the Sesame Street nature of Dennis' adventure through the streets and what he’s actually singing makes it even funnier when he finally loses it and starts climbing trees and pretending he’s in the Matrix. Could It Be a Movie? Maybe not a full-length movie, but there’s probably enough tragedy and insanity in Dennis’ life to make an interesting short film.
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8) “3-Way (Golden Rule)” There’s a lot that goes into making “3-Way” such a solid sketch: the idea that these guys would do just about anything to hook up with a girl, the fact that it finally establishes them in a pre-cell phone era, the plethora of multi-colored outfits, the fact that Justin Timerlake’s character met their cutie at a Payless, and then the final reveal that they’re much more interested in each other than in the girl they came to see. It takes the original “D**k in a Box” joke to absurd new heights and throws in a bunch of tiny, subtle jokes to create a sketch that actually gets better the more you watch it. Could This Be a Movie? Are you kidding? We’d watch anything with Timberlake and Samberg’s R&B wannabes in it, and an epic tale about their love and the girl who came between them has great cinematic potential.
7) “Like a Boss” “Like a Boss” is another great example of The Lonely Island’s ability to turn a single joke into a chronicle of one man’s breakdown. However, it owes just as much to Seth Rogen, whose incredulous looks punctuate every unbelievable claim that Samberg makes perfectly. It kind of fall apart towards the end as the Boss’ actions escalate, but it’s that middle bit, where Samberg first starts to hint at how messed up he is and Rogen just starts to get uncomfortable, where this sketch truly shines. Could This Be a Movie? Probably not. The Lonely Island managed to do everything it possibly could with that one joke in two minutes, and any longer would probably ruin things.
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6) “I’m on a Boat” Look, “I’m On a Boat” is a pretty dumb song as a whole, but the lyrics are some of the finest Lonely Island has ever written. They’re generally simple – the chorus is just “I’m on a boat” repeated over and over again – but the verse slowly builds from the standard party rap song to rhyming about nautical-themed pashmina afghans in a way that’s truly clever and inventive. Simplistic enough to stick in your head, but complex enough to make you laugh, it’s no wonder it became one of their biggest hits. After all, when was the last time you managed to resist singing this song anytime you were in the same vicinity of a boat? Could This Be a Movie? Only if it’s about the love story between T-Pain and that mermaid; that’s what we really want to see more of.
5) “Space Olympics” Less a song than a sketch that happened to have been run through auto-tune, “Space Olympics” is a truly ridiculous, truly epic piece of work that’s most remarkable for the sheer world-building it does in the confines of three minutes. Sure, it’s mostly a joke about the dumb events that would make up a future Olympics, but the glimpses of a resource-lacking, poorly-run sporting event and the incompetent bureaucrat put in charge is a clever, well-crafted piece of satire. Could This Be a Movie? Definitely. We’d pay good money to see Samberg’s ridiculous ambassador attempt to rebuild the Space Olympics on his own. It’s true underdog story.
The Lonely Island - Space Olympics from Jeff Wiggles on Vimeo.
4) “Dear Sister” Anyone can parody a soapy teen drama like The O.C., but “Dear Sister” manages to take the single most ridiculous, shark-jumping moment in that show’s history and make it even more absurd and melodramatic. The close-ups, the music, the slow-mo – it all comes together to make a wonderfully surreal sketch that is just the right amount of dumb. Plus it contains what is perhaps the finest performance of Shia LaBeouf’s career. Could This Be a Movie? Unfortunately, no, but it would make for an incredibly dramatic climax.
3) “D**k in A Box” Perhaps the greatest use of a one-joke premise in The Lonely Island’s career, “D**k In a Box” is remarkably clever for a song about a dude gifting his junk for the holidays. But as hysterical as the facial hair and smooth falsettos are, the true highlight of the song is its two breakdowns. The ending where the gifting occasions slowly become more and more inappropriate is one of Lonely Island's best uses of escalation. But it’s the second verse, where the lyrics basically explain the whole joke of the song with slow jam earnestness, that’s the real triumph, as instead of killing the whole premise, it actually just heightens the ridiculousness of the situation. Could This Be a Movie? You mean someone’s not already making a film about these two idiots?
2) “Lazy Sunday” The Digital Sketch that kicked everything off, “Lazy Sunday” has everything that would eventually become The Lonely Island’s hallmarks: a simplistic premise, clever rhymes that tell a story about a slightly unusual character, plenty of pop culture references, a catchy, repetitive chorus, and old-school video effects. The jokes might be somewhat dated now, but the sketch as a whole holds up well. Even all these years later, it's a modern classic. Could This Be a Movie? It would be a relatively uneventful one... but sure, why not? We’d love to see The Lonely Island attempt a full-length character study.
1) “Mother Lover” Like Spider-Man 2 before it, “Mother Lover” proves that sometimes the sequel is, indeed, better than the original. Unlike “D**k in a Box” and “3-Way,” it immediately introduces a conflict into the situation (they need a last-minute Mother’s Day present) and reveal some important character backstory about the characters (they were raised by single moms who are lonely, and happen to like baths with chamomile) before reveling in the absurd solution they come up with. They might think it’s the second best idea that they’ve ever had, but thanks to the goofy lyrics, dramatic delivery and the way Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson ham it up in increasingly dumb situations, it’s definitely the best sketch The Lonely Island has ever written. Could This Be a Movie? We’re ready to buy tickets the second they go on sale. Come on, Timberlake, this could finally make you a movie star. You know you want to make this movie.
Pop stars Erasure have booked a New Year's Eve (31Dec14) gig at New York's Terminal 5 venue, which will end a major tour that begins at the beginning of next month (Aug14). Vince Clarke and Andy Bell are hitting the road to promote their 16th studio album, The Violent Flame, which will be released in September (14) - and they've lined up a 60-date European and North American tour, which begins with a pre-tour set at the CarFest event in Cheshire, England on 1 August (14).
The official dates begin in Miami, Florida on 12 September (14) and include a Halloween (31Oct14) concert in Las Vegas and Christmas shows in London.
The tour will wrap up with two dates at Terminal 5 in New York on 30 and 31 December (14).
Justin Timberlake gave his blessing to a group of Broadway stars who covered his songs in a special cabaret show on Monday night (14Jul14).
The Mirrors hitmaker is currently in the middle of his own The 20/20 Experience World Tour, but took time to send a special delivery to the cast of Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake in New York City.
A post from the official Broadway Sings Twitter.com account featured a photo of a bouquet of four dozen white roses, along with a handwritten note which read, "Break legs! I am very honored (sic). Best, JT."
Broadway stars including Tony Award winner Lena Hall and former Smash actor Andy Mientus were part of the showcase, which included covers of Timberlake's hits such as Cry Me a River, Suit & Tie and a number of 'N Sync tracks.
The concert was sold out, but the cast will take to the stage again next Monday (21Jul14).
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is to close early due to disappointing ticket sales.
The stage show, based on the music of the late rapper, officially opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on 19 June (14) and less than two months after its debut, the curtain will come down for the last time on Sunday (20Jul14).
Producer Eric L. Gold made the announcement on Monday night (14Jul14), attributing declining sales to the show's ultimate demise. He says, "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac's urgent socially important insights and the audiences' nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
The production reportedly cost $8 million (£4.7 million) to stage, and, after receiving mixed reviews from critics, box office figures have been declining ever since the show began previews on 2 June (14).
Jennifer Lopez made a special trip from Paris, France to New York City to support her best friend Leah Remini during her appearance on U.S. late night show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (09Jul14). The singer/actress even served as a bartender by handing Remini and host Andy Cohen shots of tequila.
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Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. But what's the most impressive of all is the fact that the movie is having its conversation in the first place. The fact that a science-fiction blockbuster plopped right in the heat of a Marvel Comics- and Michael Bay-stocked summer, composed of computer generated super-apes and post-apocalyptic San Franciscos, is speaking unabashedly about the futility of war, the corrosivity of guns, the corruptibility of man (and ape), and the intense fallibility of any singular ideology.
So astounding is it that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is delivering these principles that you'll watch with the constant apprehension of a thematic undercut — that a movie like this couldn't possibly carry forth with its desolation of the cells that constitute its summer picture brethren's lifeblood. But the film stays true, never for a moment working to glorify its illustration of violence and hate. Dawn has a lot of ugly things to show us about its world and our own, and it pulls no punches in its presentation.
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That's not to say the movie is at all a chore to watch. Though its mission may be grim, Dawn drives us through a story about the impending war between hyper-intelligent simians and what's left of mankind with an effervescent pulse and rich character. On one side, we have Caesar (mo-capped Andy Serkis) struggling to maintain a just and orderly society of his ape brethren in a swanky little set-up in the woods, hoping principally for communal isolation. On the other, Gary Oldman strives for the very same harmony with his slum of Simian Flu-resistant humans, eyeing the power plant on the apes' turf as the source of a basic human necessity. Neither side wants war, and yet neither side is incapable of seeing the other as a threat to what it wants and needs.
We delight in our time in Ape Kingdom, finding a special fascination in watching Caesar play father to his eldest son Blue Eyes (who endures his own coming-of-age crisis of faith), in clever orangutan Maurice pioneering primate academia, and in battered chimp Koba fostering that Macchiavellian drive the old world knew too well. When the story slips into the inevitable nightmare that spawns between two parties, we have as vivid an idea of who's fighting who as any adventure, sci-fi, or war film has given us in recent years.
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So who do we root for? That's just one of the many blockbuster conventions that Dawn not only avoids but abjectly annihilates. This isn't a story about good versus bad, right versus wrong, or even man versus ape. This is a story where the act is the enemy. Where war, guns, and hate are the criminal, where trust and love are the unfortunate victim. Dawn is outstandingly impressive in its delivery of these ideas: in the construction of a race of post-human apes, its coloring of archetypal characters (like top billing human Jason Clarke and a simple but substantial Keri Russell) as fluorescent, and its unique understanding and adherence to its message's gravity. But, to reiterate, what's even more unique, outstanding, and impressive is the fact that a movie like this is saying these things at all.
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