Pop pals Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez dispelled speculation they have fallen out by dancing together at the glitzy 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City on Monday (05May14).
The pair was among the stylish celebrities who walked the red carpet at the annual fashion bash at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Rumours have swirled in recent weeks that Gomez had been involved in a bust-up with Swift, as well as their pals Kendall and Kylie Jenner, following an alleged showdown at Coachella music festival in California last month (Apr14).
The reports intensified when the singer/actress deleted all her Instagram friends, as well as all pictures of her with Swift and the Jenners, but they appeared to be back on friendly terms when they bumped into each other at the bash. Gomez posted a video on her Instagram account of the duo dancing their way into the gala, alongside the caption: "sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets."
Taylor Swift suffered a fashion mishap on Monday (05May14) as her pet cat attacked her as she was getting ready for New York's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The country singer was being fitted when her manic moggy Meredith got her claws out - literally! Swift tweeted, "That moment when your cat casually walks up, then abruptly ATTACKS your custom satin Oscar de la Renta gown during your fitting for (the) Met Ball."
The Love Story star is expected to show up on the red carpet in the gown this evening. It is not known if any damage the cat did has prompted the singer to rethink her outfit.
Miranda Lambert has extended her reign as the new queen of country after leading the nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards. The Mama's Broken Heart singer is up for six trophies at this year's event - two as a solo act, two for her We Were Us duet with Keith Urban and two with her band the Pistol Annies.
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have landed five nods each, while Urban and Taylor Swift have four each to take to the CMT Music Awards on 4 June at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
The night's big prize for Video of the Year will be a battle between Blake Shelton and Pistol Annies (Boys 'Round Here), Carrie Underwood (See You Again), Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown), Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (This Is How We Roll), Hunter Hayes (I Want Crazy), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow), Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert (We Were Us), Luke Bryan (That's My Kind of Night), Miranda Lambert (Automatic), Taylor Swift (Red), Thomas Rhett (It Goes Like This) and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Highway Don't Care).
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic (Counting Stars), Jake Owen (Days Of Gold), Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks (Rhiannon), Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie (Oh No/All Night Long), The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark) and Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Long May You Run) - all from CMT TV specials - are up for the CMT Performance of the Year prize.
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is building up the courage to jump out of a plane for real after his Godzilla director Gareth Edwards gave him a skydiving experience as a birthday gift.
The Kick-Ass star's Marine character in the upcoming monster movie appears to plummet to earth from a plane in one of the most eye-catching scenes in the new film, but Taylor-Johnson admits he would never be allowed to perform a stunt like that in the middle of shooting.
He tells WENN, "We jumped out of the plane when it was still on the landing strip, and onto a crash mat. And for the mid-air scenes, I came in from a crane, really high up - a good 50 feet up and dropped in. I don't think they'd insure actors to actually jump out of a plane. "But right at the end of shoot it was my birthday and his (Edwards) birthday present was for me and him to jump and go skydiving together. "I still have the tickets because he wasn't allowed to go at the time because he had to edit the movie, and then I was set to do my next movie... I'm intrigued to do it but the more it has been put off the more I'm starting to question it. "I was really in the moment, like, 'Yeah, let's do it!' Now I don't know. I read something where somebody had a bad accident, so we'll see. I recently was on a plane and looked out the window and thought, 'I wonder if this is sort of the height...' I'm just trying to get into the headspace to do it!"
Dame Helen Mirren has revealed why she married her husband Taylor Hackford - to save cash.
The Oscar winner wed her director partner in 1997, 12 years after they fell for each other while working on 1985 film White Nights. When asked in an interview with Hello! magazine why it took the couple so long to walk down the aisle, Mirren reveals she decided to don her wedding dress after a financial adviser told her of the money she could save if she got married.
She tells the publication, "(We married) for two reasons. I knew our extended family... wanted us to get married. The other reason was financial. As you get older, you start thinking about wills and planning for your estate. We realised that it was going to be so much clearer if we got married."
When asked if she believes in unions, she adds, "Not at all. I couldn't see the point until a financial adviser told me how much money we'd be saving. I was on board immediately."
British actor Matt Smith has landed a major new role in the Terminator reboot. The former Doctor Who star will play a man with a strong connection to Jason Clarke's lead character John Connor and his story arc is expected to grow over the trilogy, according to Deadline.com.
Smith will join Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will reprise his Cyborg role, in Terminator: Genesis, which will be directed by Thor: The Dark World filmmaker Alan Taylor.
The movie is due to hit theatres in July, 2015.
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Once upon a time, the phrases "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" were not a part of the American lexicon. That was before Disney's The Lion King exploded onto movie screens during the summer of 1994. The tale of the young lion Simba — voiced in the movie by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick — who grows up to overthrow the reign of his evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) became a global phenomenon, augmented by the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice. Even if you know that the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, here are some fun facts about the movie that you might not know.
1. The movie was the first Disney feature-length animated film to be created from an original script idea. All of the company's other animated movies had been based either on books or long established fairy tales.
2. The original script was titled King of the Jungle and centered on a battle between lions and baboons. In that version, Scar was the leader of the baboons. At some point during development, the animation team realized that lions don't actually live in the jungle.
3. At one point in the production, animators considered having the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sung entirely by Pumbaa and Timon, much to the horror of John and Rice. A version of the song using Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, the voices of the warthog and meerkat, was recorded but not used. Similarly, the song was almost cut from the movie entirely until John lobbied to have it kept in.
4. Many of Disney's top animators at the time didn't work on The Lion King because they were working on the animated film being produced concurrently, Pocahontas. Most people at Disney thought that the historically-based film would be the more prestigious of the two.
5. It was the second Disney animated film, after Beauty and the Beast, to win the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy.
6. When Irons' Scar delivers the line, "You have no idea," it is a direct nod to one of the actor's most famous roles as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. In that film, Irons' character delivers the line in answer to his lawyer calling him a "very strange man." In The Lion King, he says it after Simba accuses him of being "so weird."
7. Timon's famous line, "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and dance the hula?" was improvised by Lane.
8. When Irons strained his voice while recording "Be Prepared," actor Jim Cummings, who voices the hyena Ed, stepped in and imitated Irons to get the song finished.
9. Originally, the intention was to pair Cheech Marin with his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong to voice the hyenas Shenzi and Bonzai. They could never get in touch with Chong to reach an agreement, so Whoopi Goldberg was tapped instead.
10. James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair, who voice Simba's parents, also play a royal husband and wife in Coming to America, where they reign as the king and queen of a small African country and parents to Eddie Murphy.
11. Scar makes an appearance in a later Disney animated movie. He's seen as a rug during a sequence in Hercules.
12. There was a controversy over the formation of dust during a scene when Simba flops on the ground. Activist Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, asserted that the dust gathered to form the word "SEX" if you looked at a freeze frame of the scene and was an intentional subliminal message aimed at promoting sexual promiscuity. The producers said that really it was meant to be "SFX," as a reference to the special effects team that was working on the movie. In the films rerelease, some additional dust was added to the scene to blur any letters.
13. There was additional controversy over similarities between the film and a Japanese animated TV series entitled "Kimba the White Lion" that was produced in the 1960s. Disney has maintained that any similarities are coincidental, but Broderick has admitted that he thought that they were adapting "Kimba" when he first saw the script.
14. Three of the songs from the film — "Hakuna Matata," "The Circle of Life," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ultimately won the Oscar, and John's version of the song went to No. 4 on the singles chart in the U.S.
15. Rice, who had provided the lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and started his career as the partner of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita), was made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. John was knighted in 1998. The duo reteamed for the Broadway musical Aida in 2000.
16. Before playing Timon and Pumbaa, Lane and Sabella had previously worked together in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. After The Lion King, they were paired again on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. At first, Lane and Sabella were cast to be two of the hyenas, but their chemistry was so good that they were switched to voicing Simba's pals.
17. Lane and Broderick went on to star as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in the Broadway musical version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, and reprised the same roles in the film version. Reportedly, the duo saw each other only once during their voice work for The Lion King… passing each other in a hallway.
18. The stage version of The Lion King, which has been running since 1997, is the highest-grossing Broadway show in history.
19. The Lion King was the second highest grossing movie of 1994, behind Forrest Gump, in the United States, but it easily outdistanced Tom Hanks' movie worldwide and grossed over $768 million during its initial theatrical release.
20. The Lion King remains the highest grossing hand-drawn (or hand-drawn/computer animation combination) film of all time. It's the second highest grossing film in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios behind only Frozen.
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Teen dramas tend to be riddled with clichés: love triangles, happy endings, and the idea that good and evil are black and white, the list goes on. However, The CW’s newest sci-fi series, The 100 — an adaptation of Kass Morgan’s young adult novel of the same name — has begun to break down many of the typical teen drama tropes even though the show is still relatively young. And it all culminated with one specific moment on the series that proved we weren't just watching your average teen drama.
The most important element of Jason Rothenberg's series is in its deconstruction of the love triangle (Writer’s note: I really hate love triangles) in such an interesting way. Instead of portraying two girls fighting over one guy (or even vice versa), The 100 depicts two girls who didn’t know about each other coming to terms with the choices made by that one guy — without blaming each other. Since it isn’t the focal point of the show, this particular love triangle successfully moves past cliché status.
Even beyond the question of cliché, what’s fantastic about the love triangle is that the viewer doesn’t know whose side to take. Each character is both right and wrong, good and bad at the same time. These contrasting characteristics can be found in every single person on the show, which helps the viewers to see these characters as real people.
However, the revelation of the love triangle is not the moment that really helped The 100 become more than a teen drama. Too often, television shows are afraid to kill off characters because they don’t want to anger or alienate fans. Of course, there are exceptions (Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead), but in teen dramas there’s the added insult that most character deaths seem unnecessary or unearned.
The 100 doesn’t fear killing off any number of characters and manages to do it in a way that makes each death impactful. At the end of the third episode, one of the main characters is killed off — murdered by a fellow regular. It’s so sudden, but as it happens, the viewer realizes the show has been leading up to it throughout the whole episode. It also has repercussions for the other characters that change the entire trajectory of the show.
But that's not even the moment where the show surpassed our expectations. The scene we’re talking about comes in Episode 5, when The 100 manages to pull off a particularly massive death scene — that is made even more brutal as half the characters rush to prevent the deaths and completely fail.
Any other series would have allowed the characters to save the day, leaving the viewer with an optimistic feeling. But The 100 takes place in a futuristic dystopia and this moment reminds viewers that an unhappy ending is just as likely as a happy ending. In this moment — as well as all the scenes leading up to and since this moment — viewers are reminded that a CW show can be more than your typical teen drama, which is why we’re completely addicted to The 100.
Sandra Bullock is reportedly in talks to portray Tupperware party pioneer Brownie Wise in a new biopic. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that The Help director Tate Taylor wants the Gravity star to play the sales executive who brought women together over storage containers.
Taylor is adapting journalist Bob Kealing's book Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper and Home Party Pioneers for the big screen.
Kealing investigated Wise's troubled life and career and discovered Tupperware bosses fired her under mysterious circumstances and then attempted to play down her role in the company's success.
Actor Zach Braff and his model girlfriend Taylor Bagley have split after five years together.
The former Scrubs star has been dating Bagley since 2009, but his representative has confirmed their romance has come to an end. Braff's rep tells JustJared.com, "Zach and Taylor broke up over a month ago. They are continuing their friendship but are no longer a couple." According to Page Six, the pair split during preview performances of Bullets Over Broadway in March (14), the musical which Braff is currently starring in.