Comic book icon Alan Moore is urging fans to boycott Dwayne Johnson's new Hercules movie - because it's "wretched". Outspoken Moore believes it's shameless for director Brett Ratner to release the film so soon after fellow comic book creator Steve Moore's death.
Moore, no relation, created the Hercules: The Thracian War comic series, which inspired the new movie. He died earlier this year (Mar14).
Alan Moore tells BleedingCool.com, "I would ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film. It is the last thing that Steve would've wanted. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it. I think it is absolutely shameful... There are also more positive elements of Steve's legacy."
Moore claims his namesake found out about plans to turn his comic books into a movie a few months before his death.
He says, "(He told me), 'I've just written them (comic book bosses) an angry email asking why I wasn't consulted in this and when I can expect the something like $15,000... I haven't heard back from them. There's just a deafening silence."
According to CinemaBlend.com, Steve Moore's contract with Radical Comics bosses, who sold the film rights, made it clear he would have no involvement or money if a movie adaptation of his comics was made.
Alan Moore adds, "The only consolation was that his name wouldn't be going on it."
Dwayne Johnson hits the big screen as Hercules in America on Friday (25Jul14).
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Actor Zach Braff has denied rumours he's dating Taylor Swift, insisting he has sworn off dating "super-famous girls" after becoming a tabloid target while romancing singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Speculation recently surfaced that the former Scrubs star and the serial celebrity dater had become an item, but in an interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Monday (21Jul14), Braff quickly shot down the story. Calling the Love Story singer "a sweet girl" the actor explained he has only met Swift twice and romance reports are nothing but "Internet bulls**t".
Braff, who recently split from his model girlfriend Taylor Bagley after five years together, revealed he vowed never to date another celebrity after breaking up with Saved star Moore in 2006. He told Stern, "When you date another famous person, that's when they really hound you. That's when the paparazzi are outside your house and that's when you can't ride your bike through Manhattan because they follow you."
"When my relationship with Mandy ended, (my publicist) said, 'I'm going to give you a hint that you should know. If you don't date these 25 girls, your life will be so much easier.' And she was kind of exaggerating because there's more than those 25 girls, but in so many words, if you can, don't date other famous people because then all the tabloids pretty much leave you alone."
He added, "I could walk down the street, I don't get followed. Well, if you're going to hook up with a famous girl, that might be fun for your ego, but you don't want to be out in public dating a famous girl because then they follow you everywhere you go."
And Braff admitted he'd hate to have pal Harry Styles' life, adding, "He can't walk two f**king feet or a crowd forms and the paparazzi forms (sic)... He's the sweetest kid, but I don't want that existence."
Ironically, Styles briefly dated Taylor Swift at the end of 2102.
Actress Jessica Chastain will be feted at the upcoming Deauville American Film Festival in France in recognition of her impressive career . The Zero Dark Thirty star has been named an honouree at the annual festival dedicated to American cinema, which will take place from 5 to 14 September (14).
Festival director Bruno Barde has praised Chastain's work in a statement, which reads: "The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient... We have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.
"When we first discovered Jessica Chastain, we had the definite feeling that here was someone special on-screen. Through her successive roles, she has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight. We salute her grace and talent and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance."
Previous Deauville honourees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.
This isn't Chastain's first recognition from Deauville organisers - in 2011, she received the New Hollywood award for her work in Take Shelter, which also won the festival's Grand Prize.
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The Beatles' influence has touched every inch of modern pop music, leaving an indelible mark on film and television... which is pretty good for four working-class mop tops from Liverpool. Director Ron Howard will be the next to immortalize the band onscreen, in a new documentary that will explore the group's early years, when they still toured their music across the globe. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison will contribute to the feature, which will trace the band's humble beginnings at the Caven Club in Liverpool, their tours through Germany, all the way through the group's final public performance in San Francisco's Candlestick park. But before we get around to seeing Howard's tribute to the Beatles, we're inclined to look back upon some of the best musical contributions they made to movies and TV.
Bowling for ColumbineThe last half of the John Lennon-penned "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," which may or may not be about heroin, serves as the perfect soundtrack for Michael Moore's anti-gun manifesto Bowling for Columbine. It's used in a terrifying sequence that shows just how gun crazy some Americans are, and as the song ramps up, the sequence escalates to a violent and unnerving conclusion that still has us wincing all these years later.
"Baby, You're a Rich Man" in The Social NetworkWhat better way to end a biopic about one of the richest men in the universe than this cut from Magical Mystery Tour. It's so fitting, it's almost like it was made expressly to cap off David Fincher's tale of billion dollar grudges.
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" in HelpWe couldn't, in good faith, compile a list of the best Beatles moments in film and television without including a sequence from the Fab Four's own filmography. We chose "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" the film Help for sheer oddness of the sequence. Plus, it's just a great song in general.
"In My Life" in Little ManhattanThe best thing about the Beatles is how timeless their music is. "In My Life," a song about losing and gaining friendships through the slippage of time, is the perfect piece of music to accompany the story about a preteen losing his first love in modern day New York.
"A Little Help From My Friends" on The Wonder YearsJohn Cocker's throaty rendition of "A Little Help from My Friends" graces the title sequence of The Wonder Years, and it may be the best cover song ever recorded. It's even better than the original Beatles tune, and it just makes The Wonder Years a better show. Nowadays, we can't even look at Fred Savage without hearing Cocker's raspy croon blasting through our heads at full volume.
"Come Together" in A Bronx TaleIn a scene from Robert De Niro's directoral debut, a pair of Italian mafiosos rough up a couple of unruly bikers that stop into their bar while "Come Together" spills out of a jukebox. Thanks to the '60s aesthetic, the song is a perfect addition to the scene.
"Hey Jude" in The Royal TenenbaumsFilmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese are often celebrated for their use of pop music in film, but Wes Anderson's musical touches in his work are just as poignant. His use of a beautifully orchestrated version of "Hey Jude" in 2001's The Royal Tenanbaums is a perfect example of this.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day OffWe're still not sure if Ferris Bueller is really a wizard, or if it was just the power of music, but the teen somehow brings the entirety of downtown Chicago to a grinding halt for the musical number to end all musical numbers.
Justin Bieber's rapper friend Lil Twist has been cleared in a DUI case stemming from last year (13) when he was arrested on suspicion of driving the pop star's car while under the influence of drugs. Lil Twist, real name Christopher Moore, was driving the Baby hitmaker's Fisker Karma en route to the star's mansion in Calabasas, California when cops pulled over the car for speeding.
The 22 year old was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, failing to stop at a red light and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
However, the DUI case has now been dropped by prosecutors, according to TMZ.com, with the website's editors suggesting the small amount of drugs in his system did not make him legally impaired.
He was reportedly given tickets for the other offences.
Bieber himself still faces a DUI case in Florida following his arrest in Miami Beach in January (14).
Country singer Justin Moore has become a father for the third time. The Til My Last Day hitmaker and his wife, Kate, welcomed their third daughter on Monday (14Jul14).
Moore announced the happy news in a statement which reads: "We're very excited to welcome Rebecca Klein Moore into the world. Both Mom and Klein are healthy."
The couple's new daughter joins sisters Kennedy Faye, two, and Ella Kole, four.
Moore adds, "Her two older sisters helped with her first bath and are thrilled to have a little sister! We are blessed."
Moore and his wife have been married since 2007.
A costume Clayton Moore wore as the title character in classic TV series The Lone Ranger has sold at auction for $195,000 (£113,901). The ensemble donned by the masked former Texas Ranger in the popular U.S. series went under the hammer on Saturday (12Jul14), through Waco, Texas-based auction house A & S Auction Co.
An undisclosed buyer purchased the outfit, which included matching light blue shirt and pants, a red kerchief, Stetson hat, cowboy boots and a belt holster which holds two custom-made Colt pistols.
Organisers at the auction house originally set the price at $150,000 (£87,611), but the TV artifact eventually sold for $45,000 (£26,283) more than the estimate.
The Lone Ranger character debuted in a radio show in 1933, spawning a series of books, comic books, movies, and the TV series starring Moore, which ran from 1949 to 1957.
Singer/actress Demi Lovato is speaking out in favour of marriage equality in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign. The Skyscraper hitmaker has long supported the fight for gay rights and she recently went public with her personal connection to the cause, revealing her late grandfather was gay.
Now Lovato has signed on as the new face of the Americans for Marriage Equality initiative for the civil rights organisation.
In the 45-second clip, she says, "I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colours. So whether you're LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift...
"Please join me in supporting the majority of Americans who support marriage equality."
Lovato isn't the first celebrity to lend her voice to the HRC's cause - Bryan Cranston, Julianne Moore, Kristen Bell, Robert De Niro and Neil Patrick Harris have all previously fronted ads to push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the U.S.
Gay marriage is currently legal in 19 of America's 50 states.
Actress Mila Kunis had no interest in marriage until she fell in love with her That '70S Show co-star Ashton Kutcher.
The pregnant star, who used to date Macaulay Culkin, admits she was never one to dream about her big day, but everything changed when she finally began dating Kutcher in 2012, 14 years after meeting on the set of the TV sitcom. They became engaged earlier this year (14) and are now preparing to start a family.
She tells America's W magazine, "I never wanted to get married. From the age of 12, I prepared my parents for no marriage. Then things changed - I found the love of my life."
However, Kunis insists the private couple will be keeping their nuptials low-key: "Now my theory on weddings is: Don't invite anyone. Do it privately and secretly. My parents are OK with that. They're just excited that I said yes."
In the candid interview, the mum-to-be also confesses she was attracted to Kutcher from the moment she laid eyes on him, saying, "We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine."
And Kunis reveals she was lucky enough to enjoy her first kiss with her future husband, explaining, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. And when That '70s Show had a prom, my date for the prom turned out to be my fiance. We can honestly say that we went to prom together."
She adds of the hit comedy: "Not only did it introduce me to my fiance, but I'm so grateful that all my mistakes are recorded for posterity. I went through everything embarrassing that a girl can go through in front of my fiance. There's no question that he's seen the worst. I find that comforting."
The marriage will be Kunis' first and Kutcher's second; he was previously wed to actress Demi Moore. The former couple split in late 2011, months before the actor reconnected with Kunis.