Actor Ben Affleck gave an impromptu pep talk to the football players at Michigan State University after working out at the school's gym. The Oscar winner is currently filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit and surrounding cities, and to keep his brawny body as the Caped Crusader, Affleck has been hitting the team's weight room.
Following his workout on Thursday (16Oct14), Spartans head coach Mike Dantonio invited Affleck to speak to the team before their practice.
Affleck gladly agreed, and opened his speech by simply saying, "I'm Batman."
He continued to give the team a short pep talk for their big game versus Indiana University on Saturday (18Oct14).
The Argo star follows in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey, who revisited his chest-thumping character from The Wolf of Wall Street while giving a similar speech to the Longhorns football team of his alma mater the University of Texas at Austin earlier this month.
British actor Theo James is returning to vampire versus werewolf action film franchise Underworld - as the star. The Divergent hunk had a supporting role in last year's Underworld: Awakening, but he'll lead the cast in the fifth film.
Kate Beckinsale, who has starred in the four previous films, will not be back for Underworld: Next Generation, which is scheduled for release next year (15).
DJ Calvin Harris feels left out of the debate on Scottish independence because he does not get to vote in the upcoming referendum.
Scots will go to the polls on 18 September (14) to decide whether they want the country to leave the U.K., but Harris, who grew up in Dumfries, is not able to vote as he no longer lives in Scotland.
The We Found Love hitmaker admits he feels frustrated watching from the outside, telling British radio station Free Radio, "It's annoying because I can't vote because I don't live in Scotland any more, so I am watching it from afar. I am just watching it and seeing it develop. Is it Scotland versus England now?... I see what they are saying - to have a country controlled by another country is kind of bizarre. They are saying we do have a lot of money, but I wonder if we do have enough money (to be independent)."
Mark Wahlberg has no plans to attend his brother Donnie Wahlberg's wedding to Jenny Mccarthy this weekend (30-31Aug14).
Donnie is reportedly set to wed the former The View co-host in New York on Saturday (30Aug14) but his younger brother Mark will not be in attendance. Reports suggested Mark and McCarthy have a frosty relationship but his representative has denied the claims.
The Fighter star cannot make the ceremony because he will be in Los Angeles throwing a birthday party for his daughter Ella, who will turn 11 next week (01Sep14).
Live Aid hero Midge Ure will perform Ultravox's hit Vienna with a full orchestra as part of an upcoming concert to launch this year's (14) Ryder Cup golf tournament. The singer, who is currently on tour with Howard Jones and the Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey in America, will perform the classic track with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow's SSE Hydro on 24 September (14).
He won't be the only Scot on the bill - Texas, Amy Macdonald and Eddi Reader will perform, while Chic's Nile Rodgers will hit the stage with the orchestra for classical versions of his Daft Punk collaboration Get Lucky, as well as Chic tunes Good Times and Le Freak.
The concert will help launch the Ryder Cup's Europe versus America clash at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
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In The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
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Michael Douglas can't wait to see the Broadway musical adaptation of his hit film War Of The Roses - because he thinks it will be hilarious. The movie star portrayed a husband trying to end his marriage in the 1989 film, which also starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, and he'll be one of the first in line to see the stageshow.
He tells WENN, "It's fabulous, a great idea... There should be a lot of great sight gags."
And Douglas might be in the running to reprise his character onstage: "I always say I want to do Broadway. I did some theatre years ago and I was watching (wife) Catherine (Zeta-Jones) doing A Little Night Music and she was having all those hours versus movie hours, and of course, with actresses, it's a little more with hair and make-up; two shows twice a week.
"I say I want to do it and I would love to, but I haven't. I'm lazy."
Zoe Saldana almost quit the movie business after Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, because she hated the way she was treated on the set of the film. The Avatar star landed her big Hollywood break as Anamaria in the 2003 blockbuster, but admits the experience was far from the dream she had hoped for.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Those weren't the right people for me. I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus PAs (personal assistants).
"It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, 'F**k this! I am never putting myself in this situation again - people disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I'm not important'."
Of all the actresses in Hollywood, nobody inspires the kind of anger, vitriol, and mean tweets that Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway recieve every time they release a film, attend a premiere, appear on a talk show, or just leave the house. We get it; who wouldn’t start to snap after having to endure intense arguments about the merits of Jacob versus Edward, or being forced to listen to that dreadful Oscar speech over and over again for months on end? By now, just the sight of their faces is enough to send some people into a rage spiral... which is why Jenny Lewis’ new music video might be just what they need to finally embrace Stewart and Hathaway.
For her song “Just One of the Guys,” Lewis recruited the former Bella Swan and Mia Thermopolis, along with indie darling Brie Larson (who everybody already likes) to play some backup guitar and portray some obnoxious members of the opposite sex. Wait, wait, hear us out, because the final product makes Stewart and Hathaway seem rather endearing, actually. The girls playing guitar and keytar behind Lewis are the starlets as we’re used to seeing them: Stewart is serious and confrontational and Hathaway makes a series of overly-dramatic faces at the camera. But then, they put on some tracksuits and stick-on mustaches and something magical happens.
They become absolutely ridiculous. Stewart, rocking a vintage-Bieber bowl cut, struts around the stage, gesturing come-ons to the camera and laughing at herself – see? It is possible! – and Hathaway, writhing around on the floor, pretending to breakdance is the kind of self-mocking we love to see from celebrities. Look at that dramatic, single tear. Does it feel rehearsed? Of course. Is it dumb and kind of hilarious? Definitely. If this was Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone, we’d be all over it. We’d make it this year’s Halloween costume.
And hey, they’re hanging out with Larson and Lewis, so they must be kind of cool, right? Do you think either of those champs would hang out with anyone who wasn’t secretly awesome? Even if they weren’t before the video shoot, they certainly are now. The Larson/Lewis brand of cool is the kind that transfers through association. If we can put our faith in their songwriting abilities or choice of film projects, surely we can also put our faith in their choice of co-stars.
Come on, Hathaway is playing the keytar! Do you really think anyone who takes themselves too seriously would actually play the keytar? It’s the official instrument of ‘80s tribute bands and precocious teenagers everywhere. Even the tuba is a cooler instrument. Don’t make Anne Hathaway play the tuba for your affections, America. She’s atoned enough. Allow Lewis’ catchy song to help mend this rift between you, Stewart and Hathaway. They just want to entertain you, and that’s exactly what they’re doing in this video. Besides, once we put these differences behind us, we can move on to more important things, like the fact that Larson looks like a long lost Tenenbaum in drag.
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Whether they're battling for survival, the planet, or just the God-given right to boogie down at the local country club, man and nature have always been at each others throats at the movies. Across the cinematic landscape, a great many battles have been waged between humans and animals, and as viewers, our sympathies often shift between the species. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters tomorrow, here are our favorite man versus animal films, and who we side with in each expedition.
The GreyWhat's it about? After crash-landing in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of men must survive the elements and a pack of feral wolves.What are the humans fighting for? Surviving 'til the end credits.What are the animals fighting for? Tasty chunks of Liam Neeson.Who do we root for? Once Neeson strapped those tiny booze bottles to his knuckles, we were firmly on team Liam.
The BirdsWhat's it about? Swarms of birds begin attacking a sleepy California town.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety, clean cars.What are the animals fighting for? It's never explained, but we're guessing tastier bread crumbs.Who do we root for? The birds... hey, it's a Hitchcock movie, so we just root for mayhem.
Once Upon a Forest What's it about? Three young forest animals try to save a friend, who is wounded by chlorine gas from a human truck accident. What are the humans fighting for? Nothing in particular. What are the animals fighting for? Survival, their friend, their home. Who do we root for? Since the humans accidentally orphan a tiny woodland creature, it's obvious we're rooting for the animals.
CaddyshackWhat's it about? Bill Murray tries to kill a pesky gopher terrorizing Bushwood Country Club.What are the humans fighting for? The golf course, their sanity.What is the animal fighting for? The gopher just wants to cause as much chaos as possible and dance like crazy.Who do we root for? Definitely the gopher. He's all right. Don't gotta worry 'bout him.
How to Train Your DragonWhat's it about? On the Island of Berk, a young boy befriends a dragon in the midst of a human/dragon feud.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety and their livestock.What are the animals are fighting for? Sheep. Freedom. Mostly sheep.Who do we root for? The dragons, obviously. Vikings are cool, but... c'mon. Dragons.
JawsWhat's it about?: Three men try to take down a gigantic shark that's been terrorizing a beach town.What are the humans are fighting for? Survival, pride, and shark teeth to sell to tourists.What is the animal is fighting for? The right to eat silly beach-goers.Who do we root for? After all that male bonding, how could we not root for Richard Dreyfuss and co?
King Kong What's it about?: A mythical gigantic ape is captured and forced to move to New York City. What are the humans are fighting for?: Money, fame, a dangerous circus exhibit that will totally never backfire.What is the animal fighting for? Freedom, his human woman, a chance to see that Empire State Building that everyone's been talking about. Who do we root for? King Kong, because no one should be forced to live in Midtown.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesWhat's it about? James Franco starts humanity down the slippery slope of extinction by making apes really smart.What are the humans fighting for?: Some for tyranny, some for survival.What are the animals fighting for?: Respect, dominance, way more bananas.Who we rooted for: The writing is on the wall. Let's embrace our ape overlords.