Funnyman Ricky Gervais has thrown his weight behind a campaign to end the secrecy surrounding animal testing laboratories in the U.K. Members of pressure group the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) are calling for an end to a "secrecy clause" which makes it illegal for anyone to make public the details of animal experiments.
More than 20 stars, including actress Joanna Lumley, funnyman Eddie Izzard, and former model Twiggy, have already signed up to the campaign, and now The Office creator Gervais has joined them.
Government officials are reviewing restrictions under Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, and NAVS president Jan Creamer says, "The situation as it stands is untenable. Please join the NAVS campaign to end animal experiment secrecy by responding to the Government's public consultation before June 13th."
Singer Katy Perry has landed Cosmopolitan magazine's first-ever global cover. The Roar hitmaker will be featured on front of all 62 issues of the magazine from around the world in the July issue.
A statement from editor in chief Joanna Coles reads, "Katy's music and attitude have universal appeal to young women everywhere. She crosses all cultural boundaries. Her music is soulful and empowering in equal measure. She's the first Cosmo global icon."
The thrilled singer took to Instagram.com on Wednesday (28May14) to boast about her new icon role, writing, "NBD (no big deal) just COVERing all 62 international editions of @Cosmopolitan's July issue..." The issues hit newsstands around the world on 3 June (14).
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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When will people learn you can’t take a model, a designer and a prize package and replicate the magic of Project Runway? Many have tried and few have succeed. The new series Styled to Rock, produced by Rihanna, gives the show a punky makeover. Project Runway: All Stars has some major upgrades from last season. But is there room for more than one Project Runway?
Styled to Rock is the umpteenth attempt at using the same format of Runway. Rather than focusing on the design, this series focuses on styling and costuming for musicians. Unfortunately, supermodel host Erin Wasson has the charm of a frozen waffle.
People take for granted that Heidi Klum was an actress and a television host before she produced Project Runway. Tim Gunn has become a celebrity due to his loving nature, distinct voice and stellar vocabulary. Their Emmy is proof that they are a major part of the show’s success. You can't just pull people off the shelf and expect the same magic to happen.
Project Runway: All Stars may have the exact same premise as the original but at least it innovates. It gives designers we have come to love a chance at redemption. Judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman also speak more authoritatively and diplomatically about fashion. Casting has improved this season with charmless model Angela Lindvall and severe mentor Joanna Coles replaced by opinionated Alyssa Milano and effervescent Zanna Roberts Rossi.
These are not the only attempts to clone Runway. Here are some others:
The Fashion Show
When Bravo lost Runway to Lifetime they tried to keep viewers with The Fashion Show. Mizrahi served as designer judge and Kelly Rowland served as host. The show received a slight upgrade in season two when supermodel Iman took over as host.
Launch My Line
Bravo tried again with this series. Dean and Dan Caten, of DSquared, hosted this series that featured “professionals” paired with designers. Seemingly random people in fields ranging from event planning to architecture had to create their own fashion line.
Not to be outdone by the shamelessness of Bravo, Lifetime tried to create a spin-off of Runway hosted by Molly Sims. Designer Kenneth Cole served as judge in this inversion of Runway. Designers create accessories ranging from jewelry to headpieces and style them with provided clothing.
This show tried to bring Runway to network television. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Ritchie and designer John Varvatos judged designers and offered them a chance to sell their line at Express and H&M. The show had too much product placement and was a little late to the game in Runway rehashing.
Model-turned-reality TV star Joanna Krupa and her husband Romain Zago are attending sex therapy sessions in a bid to spice up their two-month marriage. The couple has been together for over six years and wed in June (13), after briefly splitting last year (12) over Zago's lack of interest in sex.
And now Krupa tells Life & Style magazine she and her new husband are again experiencing bedroom issues, despite his public promise to be more intimate during a U.S. TV interview earlier this year (13).
She says, "He can go forever without it (sex). Then, when we have a conversation, it turns into an argument. He doesn't feel anything is wrong - and I just want to be thrown down... We made a commitment when we got married. I just want to feel the passion."
In order to fix their intimacy problems, Krupa and Zago have turned to a professional who is trying to help ignite the passion in their relationship.
And Krupa has revealed that therapy sessions have thrown up some interesting information about her man's past.
She says, "After three months in treatment, I now feel that the issue of him not caring to have sex as much as I do has to come from his childhood. We schedule sex now... Sometimes it’s once a week, sometimes every other week, sometimes every three weeks."
The Absolutely Fabulous star has been snapped wearing the Shere Khan Necklace, which is to be put under the hammer for the Born Free Foundation, which hopes to raise a mammoth $480,000 (£300,000) to help save the wild tiger from extinction.
Lumley says, '"I feel very much that it's almost a royal piece. The necklace is so special it can be worn with anything, though I feel a strapless evening gown and long evening gloves would show it to perfection. The moment you put the necklace on, it comes alive!
"It feels great, like a badge of office, but it's incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. It reminds me of the fabulous pieces in the Duchess of Windsor's collection - panthers and leopards. I adore extreme looks and this is blingtastic!"
The piece, which consists of 182 diamonds and gemstones set in an 18ct gold tiger, will go up for sale at a gala at London's Savoy Hotel on 17 June (11) to mark the 80th birthday of actress and Born Free founder Virginia McKenna, who starred in the famous 1966 film of the same name.
The hit show has garnered nods across the board including the coveted Best Musical category at the 65th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
The Book of Mormon will go up against Catch Me If You Can, The Scottsboro Boys and Sister Act for the top prize.
Chris Rock's play The Motherf**ker with the Hat will compete for Best Play against War Horse, Good People and Jerusalem.
The ceremony is sure to be a star-studded event - Hollywood actor Al Pacino is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his part in The Merchant of Venice, while Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy) will go head-to-head with Frances McDormand (Good People) for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play title.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe missed out on landing a nomination for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but his co-star John Larroquette is up for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical trophy.
The satirical musical grabbed seven other nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.
In the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category, British actor Mackenzie Crook (Jerusalem) will face off against Billy Crudup (Arcadia), as well as John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart), Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) and Yul Vazquez (The Motherf**ker with the Hat).
Meanwhile, Ellen Barkin (The Normal Heart), Edie Falco (The House of Blue Leaves), Judith Light (Lombardi), Joanna Lumley (La Bete) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf**ker with the Hat) are all up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.
The winners will be announced on 12 June (11) at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Best Book of a Musical:
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - Alex Timbers
The Book of Mormon - Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys - David Thompson
Sister Act- Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
The Book of Mormon - Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys - Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sister Act- Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
Best Revival of a Play:
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart
Best Revival of a Musical:
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Brian Bedford - The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale - The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello - The Normal Heart
Al Pacino- The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance - Jerusalem
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Nina Arianda - Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand - Good People
Lily Rabe - The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave - Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland - Brief Encounter
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Norbert Leo Butz - Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad- The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry - The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells - The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon - Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Sutton Foster - Anything Goes
Beth Leavel - Baby It's You!
Patina Miller - Sister Act
Donna Murphy- The People in the Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Mackenzie Crook - Jerusalem
Billy Crudup - Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey - The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed - Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vazquez - The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Ellen Barkin - The Normal Heart
Edie Falco - The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light - Lombardi
Joanna Lumley - La Bete
Elizabeth Rodriguez - The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Colman Domingo - The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley - Anything Goes
John Larroquette - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon - The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O'Malley - The Book of Mormon
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Laura Benanti- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark - Sister Act
Nikki M. James - The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Best Direction of a Play:
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris - War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe - The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro - The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Daniel Sullivan - The Merchant of Venice
Best Direction of a Musical:
Rob Ashford - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall - Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker - The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman - The Scottsboro Boys
Rob Ashford - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall - Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw - The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman - The Scottsboro Boys
Doug Besterman - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman - The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus - The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank - Catch Me If You Can.
The actress is in talks with creator Saunders, who overcame breast cancer earlier this year (10), to bring back their boozy, chain-smoking fashionistas for a TV comeback.
Lumley tells Playbill magazine, "Jen wrote to me and said, 'Let's talk through it. What do you think?' And I said, 'Bring it on.' Because we're all still here. Mother's still alive - the wonderful June Whitfield. Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks - the basic five Js - all our names began with J. We're all still alive and available - ish - to do it, and I think we just have to do it."
And Lumley insists staging a reunion should be easy because previous episodes have already explored the characters' futures.
She adds: "The great thing is that because in our show, we fast-forwarded to where they're very old and nearly dead and practically plugged into vodka machines and things. It doesn't matter how beyond (the original series) we do it because we know they've been that... So this makes it heaven!"
The once-estranged pair was all smiles at the American Society of Cinematographers 24th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, even posing for photographers on the red carpet.
The actor was left furious with the 46 year old - his daughter with first wife Joanna Cook Moore - about allegations she made about him in her controversial 2004 autobiography.
O'Neal accused his daughter of making cash out of family troubles, telling America's Vanity Fair magazine last year (09), "She wrote a book - b**ch! How dare she throw our laundry in the street for money!"
Tatum O'Neal reunited with her father at his partner Farrah Fawcett's funeral last June (09), and the pair has been working on its troubled relationship ever since.
Ayala proposed to the Gossip Girl star in June (09), but the couple ended its romance last month (Aug09).
And, according to America's OK! magazine, Garcia has already moved on from the split, finding happiness with New York Yankees baseball star Nick Swisher.
The pair was spotted getting close at a New York event earlier this month (Sep09) "holding hands and kissing the whole time".
A source says, "They're so happy together."