The writer behind The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is bringing cartoon hero He-Man back to the big screen. Screenwriter Terry Rossio is working on a reboot of Masters of the Universe, the 1987 big screen take on the Mattel toy series, which starred Dolph Lundgren as the musclebound prince and Frank Langella as his evil nemesis Skeletor.
However, unlike the first movie, which also featured a young Courteney Cox, the new take will be set on He-Man's home planet of Eternia, rather than on Earth.
It's the latest bid for the franchise to be brought back to the big screen - in 2009 filmmaker Joel Silver and Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson were slated to create a live action version.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was then linked to helm the update, but he is no longer attached, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Former The Clash star Mick Jones has revealed he was writing new music with the band's late frontman Joe Strummer before he died in 2002. The guitarist tells the BBC the former bandmates were secretly working on tracks that Strummer was hoping to record with his group The Mescaleros.
Jones recalls, "We wrote a batch... The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I'd come in all night and we'd all work all night."
But Strummer never recorded the songs they created together and his guitarist pal believes the punk rock icon may have been saving them for what could have been a The Clash reunion record.
He adds, "A few months later we were at some opening or something and I said, 'What happened to those songs...? What's wrong with them...?' He went, 'Oh man, they're the next Clash album'."
"The Slump" is a bit of an unfortunate title for the third episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as it was the weakest episode thus far. However, it did give the show the opportunity to explore its supporting characters, and like Parks and Recreation, promises to be building up an ensemble of hilariously weird co-workers. The main plot of the episode focused on the surprising slump that Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) has found himself in. It turns out that the best detective in the precinct hasn't been able to close a single one of his cases lately, and it's starting to get to him.
Peralta gathers everyone together to collect suggestions for how to break his slump, but they are either unhelpful (get married... and then get divorced), impractical (finding a stranger in a hotel bar in Montreal and sleeping with them), or just plain impossible (10,000 situps). Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) suggests that he simply work a case until it's solved, which Peralta of course dismisses off hand. He eventually gives Holt's advice a go, but after a string of particularly miserable failures — including forgetting to check an elderly lady for her ID and busting a reported meth lab only to find out it was the apartment of an old man and his parakeets — Peralta comes to the conclusion that he's cursed. The announcement is accompanied by a beautifully timed spray of water form a malfunctioning urinal, and Samberg plays the moment perfectly, defeat clearly written on his face.
When Peralta comes to Holt with this new development, Holt tells him about a guy from his old precinct, Smitty, who was so cursed that nobody ever wanted to work cases with him, and so he sticks Peralta on desk duty until the slump is over. He even goes so far as to give him a rabbit's foot that Smitty recommended, and pops up at random intervals to remind Peralta to rub it for good luck. Braugher does a wonderful job of including the audience in the joke on Peralta, and proving that beneath his tough exterior, Holt has a great sense of humor. The monotony of desk work helps jog Peralta's memory, and he manages to solve a case and break his slump — which, of course, was Holt's plan all along.
However, the episode's two sub-plots were the real highlights. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) has been asked by Holt to head up the junior police officer program, and she forcibly recruits Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) to help her. Gina (Chelsea Peretti) offers her own assistance, but is rebuffed, and when she shows up to the meeting anyway to heckle Santiago and Diaz, she manages to steal everyone's attention. Peretti really gets to shine, however, at the very end of the epsiode, when she performs a magnificently weird intrepretive dance to Christina Aiguilera's "Beautiful" ... for some reason.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Jeffords (Terry Crews) spends most of the episode trying and failing to assemble a princess castle for his daughter's birthday. It's a joke that has been done so many times that it's practically a sitcom staple, so it's a testament to Crews' delivery that he manages to make it the funniest part of the epsiode. Jeffords, along with Gina, is quickly becoming one of the funniest and interesting characters on the show, and it would be wonderful to see them develop a bigger presence.
Episode Highlights:- Gina's favorite cop movie is Bad Boys, becuase it has "a hot cup of Tea Leoni"- Jeffords enjoys playing his lineup character, Mean Terry, because he says what regular Terry is thinking: "I'm late for the farmer's market!"- Holt: "What did I tell you about doing voices?" Peralta: "I'm a storyteller, sir. It's my craft." - Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) keeps giving Peralta nicknames throughout the episode, the best of which is "Jake Hammer" and is accompanied by the appropriate sound effects.
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The Jonas Brothers refuse to feel offended over ongoing speculation about their sexuality, insisting they feel a close connection to their gay fans and friends. Gay rumours have swirled around all three of the pop stars at some point, despite Kevin Jonas marrying Danielle Deleasa in 2009, and his brothers, Joe and Nick, dating a string of beautiful women.
Now they have been interviewed by gay magazine Out, and reveal they remain unfazed by continuing speculation about their sexuality.
Joe tells the publication, "We have a lot of gay friends and gay fans. It's a boy band stereotype; people assume, but we don't take offence."
Nick adds, "Prior to us being a band, I was a super theater geek. I loved theater and I still do, and I care about fashion, and I care about a lot of things that I feel like stereotypes are attached to."
It's always a little disarming — and more than a little embarrassing, if you're in the company of friends — when a show like How I Met Your Mother makes you tear up. But if in the same half hour of television viewing, you witness hordes of geriatrics swarming like zombies hungry for any mention of Mandy Patinkin and tremble over a heartwarming speech delivered by a woman concerned for her longtime friend's happiness, you've got a pretty good program on your hands. Now, we're likely all in the boat that HIMYM has been running steamless for the past few years. But three episodes in, Season 9 seems to have a little more pep than we've come to expect. Not quite early era pep, but definitely enough to remind us of the show we loved way back when. It's been funnier, livelier, and — as proven by the final moments of this week's ep, "Last Time in New York," even more emotional.
And as has always been the case with How I Met Your Mother, the real meaty emotional moment didn't occur between two lovers. Yes, we feel for Ted when he professes to Robin that he loves her. We're impressed when Robin and Barney showcase their mutual affection despite a ganglion of self-destructive behaviors. But the best, most tearful instances in the show's history have been entirely platonic. I particularly love when Lily, who has grown on me quite a bit since her days of hyper-manipulation, doles out some compassionate advice to her dimwitted chums. In the latest ep, the recipient is Ted, who has vowed to leave New York for good after Robin and Barney tie the knot.
While its present day resonance might pale in comparison to that of days past, what How I Met Your Mother has done consistently well is keep us believing that these people are and should be friends. Ted and Marshall make sense as friends who would have hit it off in college and stayed close throughout the years. Barney is the sort of person who'd attach himself to a guy like Ted and keep his haunches embedded in the marginally cool and intelligent but ostensibly non-threatening, reliable average Joe. And it makes sense that within this beehive of nincompoops, that Lily would serve as confidant for the sadder members of the troupe. Sometimes it's Barney. Occasionally it's Robin. Most often, it's Ted. And thanks to their mutually somber vantage points (a fact that is highlighted in partnership with their tangible bond taking the form of Marshall, the most merry and humanistic of the group by far) and long history together, Ted and Lily have a realistic, meaningful relationship. One that really pays off in moments like the ending of "Last Time in New York."
Lily begins by spelling out all of the reasons she doesn't think Ted should leave, but settles (seeing the misery in the eyes of her friend) on just insisting that he leave on the best terms possible, growing misty herself at the thought of her pal departing with such heartbreak in tow. It's a genuine moment, the likes of which we recall from the earlier seasons, but that is even stronger now thanks to our own extended investment in these people (and nostalgia for their better days).
So sure, How I Met Your Mother might not consistently manage the wit and oomph of its first few years, but it still has shines of the heart we fell in love with way back when we realized this was more than just a goofy show about a guy who liked a girl he met in a bar. Bravo, HIMYM. Bravo, Lily.
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Taylor Swift has hit back at critics who have taken aim at the country superstar over her active love life, insisting she is simply punished for her success. The singer has long attracted catty comments about her string of high-profile romances after being linked to stars including One Direction's Harry Styles, Joe Jonas, actor Jake Gyllenhaal and rocker John Mayer.
However, Swift is adamant the remarks have nothing to do with her personal life and stem from jealousy over her success.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "If you reach a point in your career where things are going very well, public perception needs a 'Yeah, but...' Like, 'Yeah, but she's been on a lotta (lot of) dates apparently'. 'Yeah, but I hear she's crazy'. I think you'll find it has a lot to do with being a woman. And I resent that. That there has to be some downside to your personality or lifestyle if you're a woman and you're successful."
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There are about a gazillion fashion blogs out there and it’s easy to get lost in the vortex. Still, a few sites stand apart from the rest in terms of general fabulousity, and we’re here to check them out. If you’re looking for a whole bunch of pretty in which to immerse yourself, or you need to know what every celebrity everywhere is wearing on every red carpet, these are the places you want to be.
Fashion Gone Rogue
This place is like one of those insanely sexy fashion Tumblrs that you just spend hours on, until you realize that you’re techinically at work and should probably stop looking at gorgeous black and white fashion shoots. FGR is a fantastic place because they cover all bases — celebrity red carpet fashion, the latest lookbooks, photoshoots and magazine covers, as well as their own gorgeous editorials. If you don’t know who Cara Delevingne is, or if you still don’t get the hype surrounding Kate Upton, get thee to Fashion Gone Rogue ASAP.
Beyond The Row
Excuse us while we toot our horn for a minute, but the Style section of Hollywood.com is pretty dope. The video portion of the site features amazing tutorials, along with exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at the hottest new photoshoots. And everything else you need to know about New York Fashion Week, the best of fall styling, and facial mists -- because, yes, facial mists are the new jam -- is just beyond the row.
When we say Fashionista has everything, we seriously mean everything. Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, everybody’s fashion week, the editors of Fashionista are there. They’ve got all the dramatic stories behind every Vogue cover, and they are legitimately on top of all the latest in fashion and fashion news. With recaps for shows like America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway, and info on how you can get producst from that Downton Abbey beauty line (yup), Fashionista is one of the happiest places on Earth. Besides, how else would you have heard about the epic step dance that went down at the Rick Owens runway show during Paris Fashion Week? Exactly:
Red Carpet Fashion Awards
Many of the aforementioned sites take a broader approach to fashion — where beauty, styling, and celebrity meet in one place. But RCFA is unique in that editor Catherine Kallon (AKA Fashion Critic) almost exclusively specializes in daily red carpet looks. Every movie premiere, every film festival, every awards show, she’s there offering comparisons between the runway look and the celebrity style. And Catherine is so on top of her game that you’ll feel like an expert in no time, with names like Roland Mouret and Mary Katrantzou rolling off your tongue.
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Actor Joe Manganiello halted a Connecticut stage production of classic Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire on Wednesday (25Sep13) to admonish an audience member for taking photos throughout the performance. The True Blood hunk is currently tackling the coveted role of Stanley Kowalski in the Mark Rucker production at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, but the show was rudely interrupted this week by a person who continually shot images on their cell phone.
Manganiello grew frustrated with the snap-happy crowd member and called out the bad behaviour online during an intermission, vowing to have the person kicked out.
Taking to his Twitter.com blog, he wrote, "Dear person taking pictures during our show tonight..the ushers are going to be looking for you and you will be thrown out. You are insanely distracting to all of the actors onstage and incredibly rude. If you read this, please leave and don't come back. I'm happy to take pics (sic) outside after the show... please be respectful."
However, the audience member did not get the message and continued using their camera phone during the third act, prompting the actor to pause the play and address the crowd directly.
According to the Yale Alumni Magazine, he remained in character and shouted, "Can you stop with the camera? You have no idea how distracting it is!"
A spokesperson for the theatre tells Playbill.com, "Joe Manganiello appropriately addressed the matter from the stage on behalf of the company when the camera's clicking noise continued during the play's third act, then proceeded with the remainder of the performance."
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has won a round of glowing reviews for his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie. Quinto appears opposite Broadway veteran Cherry Jones in the production, which opened in New York this week (ends29Sep13), and he has won acclaim for his role as Jones' onstage son, Tom.
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter calls Quinto's Broadway debut a "knockout", writing, "A performance of towering complexity from Cherry Jones... (makes) this essential theater. No less impressive is Zachary Quinto's knockout Broadway debut as Williams' most nakedly autobiographical character, Tom."
The New York Daily News' theatre critic Joe Dziemianowicz gives the play five stars out of five, branding it a "must-see" and singles out Quinto for particular praise, adding, "No ifs, ands or buts - The Glass Menagerie should break your heart. The new Broadway revival starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto cracks it wide open."
Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post also praised Quinto and even compared the production to hugely popular TV show Breaking Bad, writing, "This revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie arrives on Broadway... with the excitement usually reserved for Breaking Bad... It's genius! You need it!"
Tony Award winner Jones is best known for her role as President Allison Taylor in hit TV series 24. Quinto also got a big break with a part in the third season of Kiefer Sutherland's drama show.
Award-winning British screenwriter Peter Morgan is working on a film with director Ang Lee about Muhammad Ali's infamous fights with Joe Frazier. The two boxers fought several historic bouts in the 1970s, and the film will be based around the confrontations between the two heavyweight fighters.
Lee hopes to shoot the movie in 3D and incorporate actual footage of the fights.
Morgan tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "It's a look at how brutal the confrontations were between Ali and Frazier. They were marked by how aggressive Ali was towards Frazier out of the ring. He taunted and belittled him. Ang wants to work with 3D technology that will make an audience feel as if they're inside the ring."
Morgan hopes to finish the script next year (14). Muhammad Ali's story was previously brought to the big screen by Will Smith in 2001 biopic Ali.