Veteran actor James Earl Jones is heading back to Broadway in the revival of classic play You Can't Take It With You. The 87-year-old Tony winner will return to the Great White Way this autumn (14) in the 1936 comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Jones is reportedly set to play the role of Grandpa Vanderhof, the head of the Sycamore family which butts heads with rival clan the Kirbys over a real estate dispute.
The Star Wars icon last appeared on Broadway in 2012's The Best Man revival, for which he earned his fourth Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor.
The upcoming production, directed by Broadway vet Scott Ellis, marks the first revival of the show in more than 30 years.
The play debuted on Broadway in 1936, and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. In 1938, the film adaptation by director Frank Capra claimed the Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards.
Neighbors has yet to hit theaters, but director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen are already planning their next collaboration. In a conversation with SlashFilm, Stoller revealed that he's working on a 1940s-set buddy cop comedy to star Rogen and the busiest man in comedy, Kevin Hart, as "the first interracial police partners in history." The film will follow the two cops as they learn to deal with one another and bust jazz musicians for marijuana possession. The director further described the project as "kind of a Baz Luhrmann world mixed with Tarantino," which we're interpreting to mean a spectacular period piece with plenty of gore.
Both Rogen and Hart are ideal choices for the film, as they already have experience upholding the law (Rogen teamed up with Bill Hader in 2007's Superbad, while Hart's partner in this year's Ride Along was Ice Cube) and they're both proven box office draws, having starred in some of the biggest comedies of the last decade. However, pairing the two up for this film is something of a surprise, as neither one of them is known for playing the straight man. Can a buddy comedy even work without a straight man?
After all, buddy cop films all tend to follow a strict formula: one cop is the well-mannered and straight-laced decorated officer, tasked with following the rules and keeping his partner in line. The other is the wild card, prone to bouts of violence or hysteria, and likely to shoot first and ask questions later. It's what makes Murtaugh and Riggs work so well together, what makes Ashburn and Mullins so funny, what makes the idea of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg starring in a film together plausible. There's a reason that "good cop/bad cop" has become such a well-known pop culture trope.
The buddy cop formula works because the structure of their relationship allows the writers and actors to go crazy, and find the humor in the way these two opposites deal with each other. We know that by the end of the film, the straight man will have loosened up and the wild card will have learned to play by the rules, but watching them get there is where the fun happens. But since neither Rogen nor Hart is known for being a straight man, it means this project upends the dynamic that we've all become so familiar with.
Rogen and Hart have each developed a shtick that makes them instantly recognizable onscreen. Rogen is the laid-back, lazy stoner who would rather play video games than actually get work done and Hart is the loud-mouthed, wannabe alpha dog, prone to letting his ego get him into trouble. Each character needs someone to balance him out and keep the plot moving. They're both characters that are best handled with moderation, there to deliver plenty of jokes, but capable of being reeled in when it becomes too much to handle.
However, their characters are different enough from each other that their dynamic might not need a straight man to proceed. They're already opposites: Hart is hyper, high-strung, and fast-talking, where Rogen is laid-back, unfazed by everything and constantly mumbling. And so the film would still be able to mine their differences for jokes. If the script plays up Hart's predilection to dive headfirst into scenarios against Rogen's unwillingness to get off the sofa, it could help lay the groundwork for a central conflict. But the threat of their shtick overstaying its welcome still looms over the film, without a straight man to help balance things out. Even 21 Jump Street, which allows both Jenko and Schmidt to go wild and be incredibly weird brings at least one of them back to the center from tiem to time, in order to keep the film on track.
Most likely, Rogen will take on the role, and the script will make some callbacks to his stoner persona. He's played a similar role in films like Pinapple Express and Funny People, where he's been the more reserved half of a comedy duo, and since he's also got a few more dramatic roles under his belt, he should be able to tap into his more serious side pretty easily. Rogen's typical character is also much closer to the realm of a straight man than Hart's is, as the latter has almost always played a wild-card role onscreen. And since his recent Saturday Night Live stint often had him ground many of the sketches, it seems as if Rogen is warming up for a big screen run as the straight man.
As to whether anyone will actually buy Rogen as a buttoned-up, by-the-book cop? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.
Kaley Cuoco has seemingly been everywhere recently. Since showing up last fall unexpectedly on The Voice while her sister auditioned, The Big Bang Theory's resident hot girl has been chatting up reporters, even landing on the cover of Cosmopolitan, dishing openly about everything from her wedding to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting to her breast implants. Then there are her Instagram posts, which have featured Cuoco showing off the tattoo that she got in honor of her nuptials (the Roman numeral equivalent of the date), her new shorter haircut, and her stunning bikini-clad body.
It's not as though Cuoco has been averse to publicity before this. She's been in the public eye going back to when she was 17 and playing the late John Ritter's too-sexy daughter on 8 Simple Rules. She's also never been shy about showing some skin; beyond just the skimpy outfits her character Penny wears on Big Bang, the actress has done multiple cover shoots for Maxim. Something about this recent wave feels different, however.
With a guarantee of three more seasons of her sitcom in place, Cuoco appears to be making a play for a larger role in the public's mind and to keep from being known only as "Penny." In today's world, one way to compete with the Kardashian and Jenner sisters — not to mention Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. — is to put more of your personal life out for public consumption. In Cuoco's case, she's earned the right to take some chances and see if they pay off.
Over the course of her run on Big Bang, Cuoco has taken the character from being a one-note joke — the hot girl across the hall — and turned her into a three-dimensional person. She's infused her character with a funny mixture that's equal parts brashness and low self-esteem. Instead of just being the "normal" person reacting to the geniuses, we've gotten to see Penny deal with insecurities at being the non-college graduate amongst a group of Ph.Ds. Cuoco's comedic timing has improved nearly every season since the beginning of the show… with her at some point taking on somewhat of a Dean Martin persona, looking for a drink to help smooth out the rough edges.
What the actress hasn't been able to do so far, though, is make that translate into something more than being a star on TV's top rated sitcom. A lot of her recent publicity push has been in support of Authors Anonymous, a low-budget comedy costarring Chris Klein (American Pie). Her biggest on-screen success thus far has been a supporting role in the kiddie flick Hop, where she didn't even get to play the female lead (she played a secondary character, James Marsden's sister).
Despite the solid work on Big Bang, Cuoco's career hasn't exactly progressed at lightning speed. Her next project, The Wedding Ringer, puts her alongside Kevin Hart — never a bad thing — but it still places her squarely in a supporting role.
Cuoco comes across in interviews as funny and down-to-earth. She's not obnoxious about what she chooses to share about herself and it's hard to find anyone that begrudges her success. If putting her life (and body) front and center in the jostling for media attention leads to the actress being offered better film roles, then more power to her. Few others have paid their dues as long as she has for the opportunity.
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has clarified comments he made insisting he should have won a prize at the MTV Movie Awards over late actor Paul Walker. The tragic star, who perished in a car crash in November (13), was posthumously honoured with the Best Onscreen Duo award alongside his Fast & Furious 6 co-star Vin Diesel at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony.
In an interview with USA Today, Ice Cube seemed to suggest film fans voted out of sympathy for Walker, and that he should have scooped the prize with his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart. He said, "We was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period. They should have gave it to him before he passed away (sic)."
Now he has taken to Twitter.com to insist his remarks have been taken out of context, writing, "Re: (regarding) The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people! Don't believe the hype. "We should honour people before they die. That's all. MTV Awards. Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s**t is what I gotta get use to (sic). Last tweet and I'mma (sic) leave it alone. Remember this: A lie travels further then the truth (sic). Damn the devil is busy. And Paul Walker fans don't trip (get upset). I was a fan too."
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has accused fans of voting for Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker as the MTV Movie Awards' Best On-Screen Duo out of "sympathy", after losing out to the Fast & Furious pair at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony. Ice Cube and his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart were among the nominees for the accolade at the annual prizegiving, but the honour was ultimately given to Diesel and Walker, who died in a car crash last November (13).
The hip-hop veteran is bitter about the result, because he is convinced devotees let their emotions get the better of them instead of rewarding the pair which really deserved to win for outstanding chemistry.
He tells USA Today that it was a "sympathy" vote for Walker, adding, "We was robbed (sic). Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period."
He adds, "They should have gave it to him (Walker) before he passed away."
Ice Cube also reveals that he decided to leave the ceremony shortly after arriving, opting to watch a basketball game at home instead.
He admitted, "I just wasn't into it. I have been going in and out of these things (awards shows) for 25 years. If you ain't (sic) into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave."
James Franco is set to portray another gay character in a new movie by Milk director Gus Van Sant, according to a U.S. report. The actor will portray Michael Glatze, a prolific gay rights activist who denounced his homosexuality after turning to Christianity.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Van Sant has hired Franco to star in the new movie, which is set to start shooting in the Big Apple in July (14).
Franco played gay rights advocate Scott Smith in Van Sant's Milk in 2008, while he also portrayed homosexual poet Allen Ginsberg in 2010's Howl and writer Hart Crane in The Broken Tower the following year (11).
One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence were the toast of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (29Mar14), but skipped getting slimed by not showing up. The boyband stars, who also led the charge at last year's (13) prizegiving, were named winners of two top awards - Favorite Music Group and Favorite Song for Story Of My Life.
Meanwhile, in the movie categories, Lawrence picked up Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker for her turn as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film was also named Favorite Movie.
Selena Gomez was on hand to claim her prize for Favorite Female Singer, and grew emotional as she collected the ceremony's blimp-themed trophy.
She said, "Thank you so much. This has been such an amazing year already for me and I just have to say that you guys have been the most loyal, dedicated people in my life, because you continuously, every year, bless me with the opportunity to do what I love, so thank you so much. You guys are awesome, and this is for you. So, thank you."
Justin Timberlake, another no-show, was named Favorite Male Singer, while Adam Sandler collected his prize for Favorite Movie Actor.
As usual, some celebrities weren't so lucky, and instead of walking away with awards, sloped off the stage covered in the event's famous green gunge. Host Mark Wahlberg, Kaley Cuoco and Cody Simpson were among the slimed stars.
The full list of winners at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is:
Favorite Movie - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Favorite Movie Actor - Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups 2)
Favorite Movie Actress - Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Favorite Animated Movie - Frozen
Favorite Voice From An Animated Animated Movie - Miranda Cosgrove (Despicable Me 2)
Favorite Male Buttkicker - Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3)
Favorite Female Buttkicker - Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Favorite TV Show - Austin & Ally
Favorite TV Actress - Ariana Grande (Sam & Kat)
Favorite Reality Show - Wipeout
Favorite Cartoon - Spongebob Squarepants
Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick - Patrick Star (Spongebob Squarepants)
Favorite Music Group - One Direction
Favorite Male Singer - Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Singer - Selena Gomez
Favorite Song - Story Of My Life (One Direction)
Favorite Book - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Favorite Funny Star - Kevin Hart
Favorite Video Game - Just Dance 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award - Dan Schneider.
Actor/comedian Kevin Hart's late mum helped him become more spiritual by hiding rent hand-out cheques in his Bible. The Ride Along star quit his job as a shoe salesman to pursue his comedy career and his mother offered to cover his rent for a year as long as he didn't turn his back on God.
He tells Oprah Winfrey, "I told my mum, 'This is what I want to do'. She said, 'Kevin, you know what, I'm not a dream killer. If you're telling me this is what you want to do, I'm going to let you do it'. She said, 'You got one year to prove to me that this is what you want to do to support yourself'."
He adds, "Six months go by and I'm not really making a lot of money, but I'm loving it... I haven't paid my rent in, like, a month (and) I'm like, 'Mom, where's the rent at?' She's like, 'Are you reading your Bible?' I'm like, 'Mom I don't have time to talk about that, come on I'm late with the rent money'. She says, 'When you read your Bible, we'll talk about rent'."
A month later, stubborn Hart still had not picked up the Bible and was facing eviction fro unpaid rent when he agreed to meet up with him mother one afternoon.
He continues, "(Afterwards, I open the Bible up (and) six rent cheques fall out... I felt like the biggest jerk, so I sat there and tried to read... That was the first time I had read from the Bible, and I said, 'Mom, I'm sorry, I just opened up the Bible'. She said, 'I asked you to read it because you need to remain faithful throughout your journey'."
The moment sparked an epiphany in the 34 year old and he vowed to ramp up his efforts and repay his mother back the money she had given him - and become more spiritual.
After signing a $125,000 (GBP78,125) deal with ABC network, he cut his mum a cheque for the amount she gave him for rent, plus interest.
Hart's mother passed away from cancer in 2006.
Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx, pop star Kelly Rowland and comedian Kevin Hart were among the guests who turned out for Gabrielle Union's engagement party over the weekend (15-16Mar14). The actress accepted a proposal from her basketball player partner Dwyane Wade in December (13) and the couple threw a lavish bash for friends and family in Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday night (15Mar14) to toast the engagement.
The evening included a dinner at steak/seafood restaurant Prime 112 and a party at the Nikki Beach venue, during which actor/singer Foxx sang for the happy couple, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Gun to my head, I might be able to say something positive about 300: Rise of an Empire. In a vacuum, I suppose I'd call its aesthetic appealing, its production value impressive, or its giant rhinos kind of cool. But these elements cannot be taken alone, embroidered on a gigantic patch of joyless pain that infests your conscious mind from its inceptive moments on.
It's not so much that the 300 sequel fails at its desired conceit — it gives you exactly what it promises: gore, swordplay, angry sex, halfwit maxims about honor and manliness and the love of the fight. It's simply that its desired conceit is dehumanizing agony. Holding too hard and too long to its mission statement to top its Zack Snyder-helmed predecessor in scope, scale, and spilled pints of blood, Noam Murro's Rise of an Empire doesn't put any energy into filtering its spectacular mayhem through whatever semblance of a humanistic touch made the first one feel like a comprehensive movie.
Now, it's been a good eight years since I've seen 300, and I can't say that I was particularly fond of it. But beneath its own eye-widening layer of violence, there was a tangible idea of who King Leonidas was, what this war meant, and why Sparta mattered. No matter how much clumsy exposition is hurled our way, all we really know here is that there are two sides and they hate each other.
When Rise of an Empire asks us to engage on a more intimate level, which it does — the personal warfare between Sullivan Stapleton (whose name, I guess, is Themistokles) and Bad Guy Captain Eva Green (a.k.a. Artemisia) is founded on the idea that she likes him, and he kind of digs her (re: angry sex), and they want to rule together, but a rose by any other name and all that — we're effectively lost. With characters who don't matter in the slightest, material like this is just filler between the practically striking battle sequences.
But when the "in-between material" is as meaningless as it is in Rise of an Empire, the battles can't function as much more than filler themselves. Filler between the opening titles and closing credits. A game of Candy Crush you play on the subway. Contemptfully insubstantial and not particularly fun, but taking place nonetheless.
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Without even a remote layer of camp — too palpably absent as Rise of an Empire splashes its screen with so much human fluid that "The End" by The Doors will start to play in your head — there's no victory in a movie like this. No characters to latch onto, no story to follow, no joy to be derived. Yes, it might be aesthetically stunning (and really, that's where the one star comes in... well, half a star for that and half for the giant rhinos), but the marvel of its look shrinks under the shadow of the painful vacancy of anything tolerable.
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