Actor/director Eli Roth is to wed his fiancee Lorenza Izzo in her native Chile in October (14). The couple will exchange vows in Santiago, according to sources.
Izzo stars in Roth's new cannibal movie The Green Inferno, which opens in Chile next month (Sep14).
The director previously dated late British socialite Peaches Geldof, but that relationship ended in 2010.
Organisers of the Napa Valley Film Festival in California have confirmed the movie event will still go ahead in the aftermath of an earthquake which rocked the area on Sunday (24Aug14). The Napa Valley was shaken by a tremor which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, injuring more than 100 and causing damage to many homes and local businesses.
Bosses behind the area's big movie celebration, the Napa Valley Film Festival, have now confirmed the disaster has not affected plans for the event, which will go ahead as scheduled.
A statement from organisers reads, "Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake. We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they say in the business, the show must go on."
The festival's line-up includes Anne Hathaway's new movie Song One and Like Sunday, Like Rain, which features Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. The festival kicks off in November (14).
Actor Johnny Galecki and his actress girlfriend Kelli Garner have parted ways after more than two years together. The Big Bang Theory star and Garner made their debut as a couple in March, 2012 after a few months of hiding their romance, but they recently decided to call it quits, according to Us Weekly.
The insider reveals that "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends" after the split.
Galecki secretly dated his co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting for two years while Pan Am beauty Garner previously dated actor Logan Marshall-Green.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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It’s more than likely that your first interactions with George Takei took place aboard the Starship Enterprise. The then little-known actor boarded Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking Star Trek series at age 29, working to redefine both his own career and the way that Asians and Asian Americans would be depicted on television forever. It’s also a rather fair bet that your most recent taste of Takei came in the form of social media: Now 74, the film and television veteran has gained a refreshed notability for his amicable presence on Twitter and Facebook, where he is known to share a wide variety of visual and verbal gags as well as his inspiring messages of tolerance and progressive thought. But there is a whole lot of Takei in between the early days of Sulu and the current era of hashtagged witticisms, and that is vast middle section is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei.
The third feature-length project from filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot, whose previous endeavors include the 2003 sci-fi/fantasy Sirens of the 23rd Century and the 2009 biographical doc It Came from Kuchar, details the professional achievements, political activism, and personal life of Takei, who proves to be as accomplished as he is downright likable. The weight with which Kroot approaches the three principal aspects of Kroot’s life tends to vary, leaning in favor of his work for gay rights, but we find ourselves duly engrossed in his personal and professional stories just the same.
The ProfessionalWe learn quite a bit about Takei’s own perspective on his early works (the pre-Sulu days), particularly those that he finds retroactively repugnant due to their embrace of racial stereotyping. Takei recounts the days when the only roles an Asian-American actor might procure were demeaning or even vilifying — clips from Green Berets, Which Way to the Front, and familiar small screen titles like Mission: Impossible and Perry Mason showcase some of Takei’s earlier, more regrettable turns… ones that he was forced to endure in order to make a name for himself in the far more regressive ‘60s and ‘70s.
The PersonalConsidering his family’s personal history, it’s no surprise that Takei has taken particular efforts to quell the negative depiction of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States. In Takei’s childhood, he and his family were imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp, as was not unusual for immigrants and American citizens of Asian descent during World War II. To Be Takei offers a great deal of heartrending footage devoted to Takei describing his family’s hardships during this period — the Hollywood legend illustrates his indomitable admiration for his parents, who exhibited charity and strength of will throughout the nightmare.
But the documentary also pays due attention to the lighter side of Takei’s personal journey, showcasing his relationship with husband Brad Altman: the love of his life… and occasional victim of his ceaseless brutal honesty (at one point, Altman laments Takei’s proclivity for telling people when they have gained a bit of weight, a habit that George himself doesn’t seem to find problematic). Perhaps the most enjoyable bits in the film are those that allow the audience to watch Takei and Altman spend lazy days together, joking and bickering, showing off their complementary incurable merriment (George) and high-strung neuroses (Brad). It’s charming, it’s funny, and it’s indicative of real, healthy love.
The PoliticalFinally, there wouldn’t be much of a story if Takei had not become such a prominent figure in the fight for a more progressive attitude toward ethnic minorities and gay men and women. We see Takei’s spotlighted wedding to Brad (conducted by friend and former colleague Nichelle Nichols), his acceptance of a variety of awards recognizing his work in the area of LGBT rights, and — perhaps his greatest sociopolitical contribution to date — his public lambasting of William Shatner.
No matter when and where you met Takei, be it back during his journeys across the galaxies or amid one of his recent highly celebrated punny tweets, your interests in the man as an actor, a public figure, and a man will be sated by the cheerful, informative doc To Be Takei. Check out the film in select theaters or on VOD now.
Katy Perry opened the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in winning style on Sunday (24Aug14) by taking home the first prize of the night. The Roar hitmaker was feted with the Best Female Video accolade at The Forum in Inglewood, California for Dark Horse featuring Juicy J, beating out Beyonce, Lorde, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande.
She took to the stage with the rapper to accept the honour, saying, "Wow, it's a nice way to start out the night with a Moonman (trophy)... We just want to say thank you so much, we put a lot of time and effort and hard work into this song. We are going to party tonight."
The annual prizegiving kicked off with Grande singing her hit Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj giving a jungle-themed performance of her new track Anaconda.
Jessie J then took the stage to start off the trio's hit song Bang Bang, but when Minaj returned, she seemed to have suffered a wardrobe malfunction due to a quick change from her green-sequined two-piece into a black mini-dress. The rapper came out to join Grande and Jessie J, holding her dress closed as to not expose her breasts, while making small movements for the rest of their performance.
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For really values its volume. The movie tosses out three or four stories, twenty-odd characters, a handful of car chases, several dozen throat-slittings and skull-bludgeonings… in their return to the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, Miller and director Robert Rodriguez seemed bent on packing in as much as they conceivably could. The unfortunate result: not quite the intricate, inviting narrative web that the men set out to create, but a straight through-line of nonstop stuff.
In the most egregious sense, too. While we remember Sin City as a relatively patient illustration of Miller’s virtue-deficient neo-noir kingdom, what we find in this year’s follow-up is a feverish race to expose the audience to every idea the directing duo has up its sleeve.
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So, what we get instead of a fluid story is a whirlpool of events. Each chapter of the clumsily manufactured movie will set you up with a character — an out-of-place Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny, Josh Brolin as a thickheaded do-gooder, and the ragtag team of a destitute Jessica Alba and her devoted muscle Mickey Rourke — only to watch the hero in question stumble upon plot contrivance after plot contrivance, never getting to do much all the while.
And while the style outdoes the substance in the scope A Dame to Kill For’s strong suits, Miller and Rodriguez are not exactly displaying the utmost aesthetic panache in this latest outing. Sure, certain chase scenes are kinetic — and the film might offer the most invigorating visual design of an onscreen hot tub in the history of cinema — but sloppy choreography and a world constructed without depth or sense of place leaves us feeling completely out of touch with the film’s most important character: Sin City.
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Actor Josh Brolin was left disappointed when he missed out on an opportunity to work with Mickey Rourke on their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The Men in Black 3 star was eager to take on a role alongside The Wrestler actor and was excited to hear he would be sharing scenes with Rourke.
He says, "I've always been a fan of Mickey's. I'm working with Benecio (Del Toro) right now and we talked about how, when we were growing up, Mickey was someone you always looked up to and I've known him forever... Then finally when (director) Robert (Rodriguez) said, 'Do you want to do this?'... I was like, 'Of course I'll do it and do I have any scenes with Mickey?' (and he said), 'Absolutely'."
However, Brolin learned when he got to the set Rourke had already finished filming his parts and their scenes together would be completed using green screen movie technology.
He continues, "I got to to the set... and I was like, 'Where's Mick?' and (Rodriguez is) like, 'No, he finished his stuff like a month ago...' If you see the movie, I worked with Mickey the entire film, but I never saw Mickey."
Sandra Bullock is set to reunite with her Gravity co-star George Clooney for new film Our Brand is Crisis. The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star in the film based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, about the use of American campaign tactics in South America.
Bullock, who has been linked to the project for months, officially signed on for the movie after Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green committed to take on the film, according to Variety.com.
Bullock will also serve as an executive producer, along with Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov.
Eco-warrior Jack Johnson is urging fans to "green" his concerts by cycling to them and using his bike valet service backstage. The surf-rocker has created an initiative to encourage gig-goers to pedal to shows - and win prizes for parking their bicycles.
A post on the Better Together singer's new JackJohnsonBikeValet.org website reads: "Help to green a Jack Johnson event by making your travel to the venue climate neutral and bike to the show! And because cool people doing cool things deserve cool stuff, participants of the Jack Johnson Bike Valet will automatically be entered into a day-of random drawing for some cool prizes including Jack Johnson signed swag!"
Fans can even use the website to plan ahead and pre-check their bikes at gigs.
Upcoming shows in California next week (beg25Aug14) will all have bike valet sites.