Editors at Forbes magazine have named rappers A$Ap Rocky, J.cole and Meek Mill among the Hip-Hop Cash Princes of 2014. The inaugural list was compiled by rapper and entrepreneur Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and Fab 5 Freddy and features artists who are up and comers in the genre.
Only artists under the age of 30 are eligible for the list.
Rounding out this year's countdown are Azealia Banks, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, French Montana, Travis Scott, Tyga, Methodology and Wale.
Up until now, model Kate Upton's acting career has largely consisted of making cameos in films like Tower Heist and The Three Stooges(where the Farrelly Brothers managed to have her in a nun's habit and a skimpy swimsuit at the same time). That will change this spring with the release of The Other Woman, where Upton has an above-the-credits role alongside Cameron Diaz.
Upton is the latest in a long line of supermodels that has made the transition to acting… or as Zoolander once labeled it, becoming a "slashie" (model-slash-actor). We know from her photo shoots that she can make a bikini look good even in zero-G, but can she convincingly deliver a line? Those who have preceded her show just how hard it is to get an audience to accept a supermodel as more than just a looker. Who's done it well and who's fallen on her heavily insured face? These five models-slash-actresses all have had their chances at thespian stardom.
Decker was the swimsuit model du jour just before Upton, and showed some skill as Adam Sandler's object of distraction in Just Go With It, as a pregnant trophy wife in What To Expect When You're Expecting, and on board the laughably bad Battleship. Now she's trying her hand as a series regular on the CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives. Not a bad start to a career for any actress, supermodel or not.
MacPherson's most memorable acting gig might have been her story arc as Joey's temporary roommate on Friends. But the Australian cover girl has had her share of big screen roles, including playing Anthony Hopkins' wife (a woman worth killing Alec Baldwin for) in The Edge and as one of Sirens' temptresses. Her acting style mostly consists of employing her Down Under accent to enhance her natural beauty.
Banks is best known for her hosting duties on America's Next Top Model and her own talk show, but she started acting early in her modeling career, including playing a love interest to Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She's had high-profile big screen roles in films like John Singleton's Higher Learning and Coyote Ugly and pops up regularly in guest spots on TV shows. She's kind of funny and a little bit scary, whether she's doing a character or just playing herself.
Crawford might be the most financially successful model ever, but she always appeared more comfortable hawking products in infomercials than trying to act. That said, her spectacularly bad performance opposite Billy Baldwin in Fair Game has now reached the status of camp classic. Any time they want to make a sequel, we're on board.
Brinkley recently celebrated her 60th birthday by donning a swimsuit for the cover of People, proving that she's still got it. The former Mrs. Billy Joel doesn't act very often, most recently popping up on Parks and Recreation for a couple of episodes, but she only needed one role to cement her cinematic legacy: her turn as the flirtatious driver to Chevy Chase's stammering Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation has set her up as a timeless embodiment of the male fantasy. The teenagers that lusted after her initially are now middle aged men… who still lust after her, much more creepily. Brinkley mostly just smiles as opposed to attempting to act, but there's something to be said for playing to your strengths.
The Lego Movie is building on its success in the U.S. by soaring to the top of the U.K. box office chart in its opening weekend (14-16Feb14). The animated comedy, featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks, took a massive $13.4 million (£8.3 million) in ticket sales, dwarfing its nearest rival The Monuments Men, which managed just $2.7 million (£1.6 million) in its first three days.
The remake of classic sci-fi movie Robocop dropped one place to third, with $2.5 million (£1.56 million), and last week's chart-topper Mr. Peabody & Sherman sunk three places to fourth, with $2.3 million (£1.4 million).
The top five was rounded out by Martin Scorsese's crime drama The Wolf of Wall Street, with weekend takings of $1.8 million (£1.1 million).
Iain Banks' wish to become a published poet is finally coming true. The late Scottish author, who died last June (13), wanted to have a book of poems published before he passed away.
He lost his battle with cancer before the project could get underway, but his publishers have now confirmed they will honour his last wish by releasing his poetry book next February (15).
The Wasp Factory author previously said of his poetry ambitions, "I'm going to see if I can get a book of poetry published before I kick the bucket (die). I've got about 50 I'm proud of."
For W magazine's March 2014 Social Media issue, photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott rounded up some of Instagram and Twitter's brightest stars (read: most avid posters) for an intimate photoshoot. Featuring the likes of Ciara, Delicious-err David Gandy, and Cindy Crawford, the pictures have the celebs giving us their best between-the-sheets pouts.
Check out #InBedwithW @wmag @Edward_Enninful @mertalass and @macpiggott http://t.co/NTWFxEZJno pic.twitter.com/g8AUEQaVaL
— Cindy Crawford (@CindyCrawford) February 10, 2014
New #InBedWithW for @WMag by Mert&Marcus | @edward_enninful. See all the images here: http://t.co/3Gu0lzg7At pic.twitter.com/XYLcGInEZJ
— David Gandy Official (@DGandyOfficial) February 10, 2014
W Magazine shoot #InBedWithW @wmag @edward_enninful @mertalas @macpiggott pic.twitter.com/bpqNneWsW0
— Joe Manganiello (@joemanganiello) February 10, 2014
Me #InBedwithW @wmag. edward_enninful Love, You are truly a sweetheart. Thank You! mertalas and… http://t.co/TUL9FVMdL2
— Ciara (@ciara) February 10, 2014
Thank you #MertandMarus & @Edward_Enninful for this...one of my favorite shots of myself ever! #InBedWithW http://t.co/b0buiS0rzW
— Liu Wen (@LiuWenLW) February 10, 2014
In bed with @Pharrell. Photo by @MertAlas and @MacPiggott, styled by @Edward_Enninful. See more #InBedWithW on wm... pic.twitter.com/xFMQAg1AV3
— W magazine (@wmag) February 11, 2014
#InBedwithW @wmag @Edward_Enninful http://t.co/hH85BurZ1b
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) February 10, 2014
#BTS @wmag: Photographers from my shoot, mertalas & macpiggott, go from behind the camera to in front… http://t.co/g6vdhxHtOD
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) February 11, 2014
Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and U2 were among the stars who turned out on Monday (17Feb14) to help TV presenter Jimmy Fallon launch a new era of America's The Tonight Show series. The comedian took the long-running talk show back to New York for the first time since iconic host Johnny Carson moved it to California in 1972, and a slew of celebrities stopped by the NBC studios to celebrate the big move.
Fallon opened his first Tonight Show by thanking his predecessors, including Jay Leno, who stepped down from the programme after 22 years earlier this month (Feb14), before taking aim at a friend who had bet against him ever hosting the legendary series.
Looking into the camera, Fallon said, "To my buddy who said that I'd never be the host of The Tonight Show - you know who you are. You owe me $100 buddy!"
The comment prompted De Niro to begrudgingly walk out onstage and hand the host a $100 bill, but the movie veteran wasn't the only one - he was followed by the likes of Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson and a scantily-clad Lady Gaga, who each parted with $100 as part of the joke.
Fallon's first Tonight Show interviewee, Smith, then showed off his moves in a sketch titled, The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing, in which the pair ran through popular dance trends over the years, from the Running Man to the Robot to the Carlton, which was named after the actor's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro's geeky onscreen character, Carlton Banks.
U2 provided the musical entertainment for the night by performing new song Invisible from the roof of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where the NBC studios are based, and later joining Fallon and his house band The Roots inside for an acoustic version of their Oscar-nominated song Ordinary Love from the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Bono marked the occasion by gifting Fallon a red electric guitar from his line of instruments for the (RED) charity, which raises awareness of the fight against AIDS.
The big star guests will continue throughout the week as Gaga, Jerry Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama are all booked to make appearances on The Tonight Show.
Actress Brittany Snow is joining her Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson for the highly-anticipated sequel to the a capella-centred comedy. Snow will reprise her role as Chloe in Pitch Perfect 2, which will mark actress Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut.
Movie veterans Kathy Baker and Charles Dutton have joined the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, Midnight Rider. The Saving Mr. Banks star will portray the Allmans' mother, while Alien actor Dutton has been slated to play Gregg Allman's best friend, confidant and assistant Chank Middleton.
The duo joins a cast that includes William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg, Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Joel David Moore and Zoey Deutch.
Director Randall Miller tells WENN, "This cast is a dream come true."
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, will start shooting in Savannah, Georgia later this month (Feb14).
"I'm weirdly big on oral health, it's like a thing with me. I make my living with this mouth, you only get one of them... Oh God, everybody... I meant with my smile." Actress Elizabeth Banks has an embarrassing moment during an appearance on America's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as she talks about her obsession with dental hygiene.
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There was a time when Kevin Costner was one of the top actors in Hollywood, as well as an Academy Award winning director. Of course, that was 20 years ago, before his epic debacle Waterworld. It's been so long that it's like saying that there used to be a time when movies weren't in color or didn't have sound.
After years of flying beneath the radar, Costner could have as many as five films released in 2014 (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 3 Days to Kill, Draft Day, McFarland, and Black and White). Five! That's a lot for any actor not named Elizabeth Banks. How did it come about that an actor-director once vilified for his difficult nature and cost overruns is suddenly the hardest working guy in films?
Costner's is a tale of how to best deal with Hollywood adversity and come out mostly okay. After the fiasco that surrounded Waterworld — which comes honestly by its reputation as one of the biggest filmmaking disasters ever — Costner kept on working. Even when the post-apocalyptic The Postman tanked on a grand scale as well, the actor kept going. In fact, since his breakout role as Elliott Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables in 1987, there have only been four calendar years in which Costner hasn't been on the big screen at all. Typically, it's been roles that play upon the everyman characteristics that made him so appealing in earlier films like Field of Dreams.
It's actually the most recent of those missing years, however, that probably explains the actor's current resurgence. While he didn't appear in a feature film in 2012, he did appear on television in the History Channel's well-received miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. His turn as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield won him a Golden Globe and a wave of good publicity.
After playing Superman's Earth father last year in Man of Steel, Costner's new run of roles has him playing everything from a dying Secret Service agent in 3 Days to Kill to sports related characters in Draft Day and McFarland to a man fighting for custody of his granddaughter in Black and White. It's a diverse group, yet each part harkens back to territory that Costner has covered in the past.
That, in the end, might be the true explanation for why 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of Costner. After 30 years of working steadily as an actor, Costner has found the sweet spot where he knows what kinds of roles that he can excel in and he largely works within that range. Acknowledging limitations is something that many actors are loath to do, but as Costner has demonstrated sometimes staying true to one's self leads to greater rewards… and a whole bunch of movie roles.