Harrison Ford put his Star Wars set accident behind him by walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of The Expendables 3 on Monday (11Aug14) just two months after breaking his leg.
The Indiana Jones star crushed his left limb on the set of Stars Wars: Episode VII in June (14) in London. He underwent surgery and jetted back to his native U.S. to begin rehabilitation treatment.
Last month (Jul14), the veteran actor was pictured walking unaided for the first time since breaking his leg, and on Monday, he proved he is ready to get back to work by striding up the red carpet at the Los Angeles screening, where he was joined by co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Mel Gibson.
The production schedule for the seventh Star Wars installment was altered to allow Ford time to recover. The actor is expected to resume filming on the sci-fi movie in the coming weeks and the shoot is scheduled to wrap in the autumn (14).
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Filmmaker Lee Daniels has signed on to direct a film about U.S. high school football star Brian Banks, whose sports career was derailed following a false rape accusation.
All-American high school star Banks had signed to become a college player at the University of South California (USC) in 2002 before he was accused of rape.
He maintained his innocence, but ended up serving over five years behind bars thanks to a hasty plea bargain deal. In 2012, Banks' conviction was overturned with the help of law students at the California Innocence Project and he went on to play four pre-season games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.
Now a motivational speaker and activist for the California Innocence Project, he is thrilled Daniels has been picked to adapt his life story for the big screen.
Banks says, "All I ever wanted was to prove my innocence. Telling my story in the form of a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams. Having Lee Daniels come on board to direct the film is so exciting, and such an honour."
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Sir Mick Jagger struggled to shoot James Brown biopic Get On Up while the Godfather of Soul was still alive, as the star was too difficult to work with.
Jagger had long wanted to bring Brown's life to the big screen but his dream only became a reality after the star's death in 2006. Now the Brown Sugar hitmaker has revealed the delays came about because the legendary singer was too difficult to work with, and there were further holdups when Jagger had to deal with the executors of Brown's estate.
Jagger tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "It was very difficult when he was alive because he kept changing his mind and he wanted this and he wanted that and didn't want too much negativity, which I totally understand. And after he died his estate became very difficult to deal with because there were so many of them. I don't think I'm talking out of turn to say there were disputes."
The Rolling Stones frontman is producing the movie in partnership with Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, and Brown will be played in the film by 42 star Chadwick Boseman.
Veteran musician Brian Eno has written a letter urging U.S. leaders to intervene in the growing conflict in the Middle East.
The music producer sent the passionate note to former Talking Heads musician David Byrne, who published it on his official website. In the letter, Eno vents his anger at U.S. leaders for not taking action to stop the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, accusing American officials of supporting the war.
He writes, "I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more... I read that the UN (United Nations) had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it. What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it..."
"Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy... The war has no moral justification that I can see - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either... I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did."
Eno has also appeared in a video to support the Freedom for Palestine campaign alongside British director Ken Loach, rapper Chuck D and Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters.
Actress Leah Remini took aim at best pal Jennifer Lopez's pool fashion at the weekend by posting a hilarious video of the two friends lounging in the sun on social media.
The two women are currently vacationing together and just days after Lopez caught Remini singing along to the radio on film and posted it online, the TV star got the singer back by poking fan at her sunbathing style.
The footage begins with "normal" Remini, wearing a baseball cap, stating, "So Jen asked me to meet her by the pool, right? Here's me..." She then turned the camera on Lopez and added, "Look at this one - head wrap, jewellery. Can you be ugly once? Just be normal once."
The two pals then giggled and grappled as the former King of Queens star lost control of her camera phone.
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A stage adaptation of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's black comedy The War Of The Roses is heading to Broadway.
All The Way producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman are developing a theatre version of author Warren Adler's bestselling divorce novel, which the 1989 film was based on, and they are planning to debut the new production during the 2015-2016 season. Casting details have yet to be announced.
The War of the Roses is not the only book-to-movie project to get a Broadway makeover - a musical based on Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club is also heading to the stage with a soundtrack penned by Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.
The new production, a heavily revised version of The First Wives Club play which debuted in San Diego, California in 2009, will launch in Chicago, Illinois next spring (15) before transferring to Broadway.
The 1996 movie starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
Actress Elisabeth Moss is joining the film adaptation of author J. G. Ballard's classic thriller High-Rise.
The Mad Men star and The Hobbit actor Luke Evans have been cast in the big screen version of the English novelist's 1975 book about residents of a luxurious apartment building who end up at war with one another. Moss and Evans will play a "trouble-making" couple in the film.
The actors join previously cast British stars Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller as the leads, as well as Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy.
Shakira is in no rush to tie the knot with her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique, insisting marriage won't enhance their relationship.
The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker has been dating the Spanish athlete since 2010 and they welcomed their first child together, a son named Milan, last year (13). However, the singer is adamant walking down the aisle is not a priority.
In an interview with Glam Belleza Latina magazine, the 37 year old says, "We already have what's essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby. "I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them."
However, she insists that Pique will be her husband if she ever changes her mind, adding: "If I'm ever going to get married, he's the one."
Actress Sandra Bullock is laughing off recent rumours she is romantically linked with Captain America star Chris Evans. Speculation has swirled recently that the Oscar winner has been secretly dating the 32-year-old Hollywood hunk after they were spotted having dinner with friends in Los Angeles last month (May14).
However, Bullock is keen to shrug off the rumours, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I'll tell you what happened. We've since married. And it just started breaking apart and now we're filing for divorce. And I hope everyone can respect our privacy. "But we're gonna remain friends and share the responsibility of the farm animals we've taken on, because you can just abandon the animals."
Bullock divorced ex-husband Jesse James after five years of marriage in 2010, and Evans split from actress Minka Kelly last year (13).
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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