Actress Jessica Chastain has urged U.S. officials to devise a heavy punishment for the masterminds behind the Hollywood hacking scandal, insisting the stars involved have been "completely victimised". Intimate pictures of a number of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst were leaked on the Internet last month (Aug14) and further photographs of female stars including Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union were exposed in a second wave over the weekend (20-21Sep14).
Chastain has now condemned the leak and called for harsh sentences for the perpetrators, telling Sky News, "It's such a violation. To me they're not leaked photos, they're stolen photos... Me appearing nude in a film is my choice and I find it so terrible that these actresses have been completely victimised.
"Anything sexual which does not have the woman saying 'yes'... is a big problem to me, so I hope that we find out who these people were and we can go after them as hard as we can."
Actress Scarlett Johansson has also been targeted in the new batch of snaps, which marks the second time nude pictures of her have surfaced on the Internet. Christopher Chaney, the man behind Johansson's 2011 leak, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for cyber hacking.
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the scandal.
British screen star Sheridan Smith feels out of her depth in Hollywood because of her lack of professional training, insisting: "I'm not a real actor." The Quartet actress, who won an Olivier Award for her lead role in West End hit Legally Blonde in 2011, fears her career will be over soon, despite all the rave reviews and celebrity fans.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I spend most of my time feeling like I'm totally blagging it through life. I didn't go to drama school. I just wing it. And I honestly do feel out of my depth.
"So I keep my head down. I don't want anybody to spot I'm not a real actor... I hate myself sometimes, just can't be myself. I can only play characters. I wish I had more confidence when I'm being me."
Sharon Stone has come under fire from Italian director Pupi Avati and his producer brother Antonio for reportedly making "absurd" demands on the set of their new movie The Golden Boy. The Avatis were stunned when the Hollywood beauty agreed to star as a sexy actress-turned-publisher in the new, low-budget drama, but their excitement quickly turned to concern about some of the comments and requests that were made in a series of exchanges between their representatives.
Speaking at a press conference for the film in Rome, Italy, Avati explained, "My brother asked me if I was crazy (to cast Stone)...
"Then a correspondence started, enough to write a book, between her agents and our lawyers. It was a negotiation that bordered on ridiculousness, concerning embarrassing details, as if Italy was a third world country."
Antonio Avati went on to recall how Stone lapped up the paparazzi attention paid to her as she arrived in Rome for the shoot, where more than 200 snappers had gathered, noting, "There her ego definitely inflated. It is the classic pattern with these American actresses who are slightly declining (in fame)."
Pupi claims Stone's diva-like behaviour only worsened as the media attention increased and he was forced to halt the shoot one day after his leading lady disappeared before a kissing scene.
He said, "It was the last scene in the day and we had to do the last shot where Sharon kisses (onscreen love interest Riccardo) Scamarcio. Suddenly, she realised that together with all the photographers, there was also a TV cameraman who was filming.
"She immediately disappeared. We looked for her everywhere, but nothing! Then my brother received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager: she wouldn't come back on the set until the photographers and especially that damned TV cameraman had gone away.
"Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car (to hide), instead of coming to ask us directly."
Despite the alleged difficulties onset, Pupi claims he wouldn't rule out working with Stone again - although the actress is unlikely to take the Avatis' comments lightly.
Responding to the remarks, Stone's representative, Cindi Berger, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "None of this is true. Ms. Stone is the consummate professional."
A rare photograph of Marilyn Monroe, taken before she shot to Hollywood superstardom, has sold at auction for $6,800 (£4,250). The black and white picture, snapped by agency photographer Joseph Jasgur in 1946, when the then-factory worker was just 20 years old, is believed to have been shot during her first ever modelling gig at Zuma Beach in California.
The negative and copyright of the image had been expected to fetch between $8,000 (£5,000) and $12,800 (£8,000) when it went up for sale in Wiltshire, England on Saturday (20Sep14), but it fell short of its lowest estimate.
Despite the lower figure, auctioneer Andrew Aldridge insisted he was "quite happy" with the result.
Johnny Depp's fiancee Amber Heard has become the latest victim of the ongoing Hollywood hacking scandal after more than 50 topless photos of the actress surfaced online on Sunday afternoon (21Sep14). On Saturday (20Sep14), previously-unseen steamy shots of celebrities including newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union, pregnant Hayden Panettiere and Vanessa Hudgens were posted on the Internet, and the cyber criminals behind the leak continued to make waves on Sunday, when a new pair of explicit snaps of Rihanna were shared on 4chan.org.
Hours later, a haul of saucy pictures featuring Heard in various states of undress were also uploaded to the website. According to TMZ.com, the series of photos also includes one in which the blonde beauty can be seen holding up a sign directed at Depp, referring to the actor as "Tonto" - the character he played in the 2013 movie remake of The Lone Ranger.
This weekend's leak comes three weeks after similar saucy snaps were stolen from cloud storage devices belonging to the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton.
The FBI is currently investigating the case in a bid to identify those responsible for leaking the nude photos.
Hollywood actor Tom Hardy wed his girlfriend in secret over the summer (14), according to a U.K. report. The Dark Knight Rises star has been engaged to actress Charlotte Riley since 2010 and editors of Britain's The Sun On Sunday newspaper now report the couple tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in the south of France in July (14).
The nuptials were reportedly held on 4 July (14) at a castle in Provence and attended by a small group of friends and family including Hardy's six-year-old son from a previous relationship.
A source tells the publication, "It was a beautiful, low-key day made even more special because they had their closest friends and family around them... And they made certain to pick a stunning and private setting."
Hardy's representatives had yet to comment on the report as WENN went to press.
The couple met while filming a TV adaption of Wuthering Heights in 2009.
Kim Kardashian and Hayden Panettiere are among the stars who have been targeted in the second wave of the Hollywood hacking scandal. Nude pictures of the reality TV star were leaked online on Saturday (20Sep14), three weeks after cyber criminals stole saucy snaps from cloud storage devices belonging to a host of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst.
Actress Panettiere was also among those targeted in the second big leak, with others reportedly including Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Leelee Sobieski, Lake Bell and soccer star Hope Solo.
Newlywed actress Gabrielle Union also fell victim to the hacker, and has released a statement condemning the leak.
The statement reads, "Our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband (sports star Dwyane Wade) and myself, have been leaked by some vultures... I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of colour, have been victimised, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide... For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
Agents of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe following the first leak in late August (14).
Stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly, and Mark Ruffalo are set to join protesters at a special march in New York City to demand more action over climate change. Organisers of the People's Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday (21Sep14) tell the New York Daily News they are expecting several Hollywood stars to attend, including DiCaprio and his Shutter Island co-star Ruffalo.
The event is being billed as the biggest march for climate action in history.
DiCaprio, who was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change this week (beg15Sep14), and Lost star Lilly will join an expected crowd of more than 100,000 for the march.
Ryan Reynolds has been tipped to reprise his X-Men mutant character Deadpool in a long-delayed spin-off movie after studio bosses set a 2016 release for the highly-anticipated film. The actor portrayed the comic book killer, aka Wade Wilson, in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but plans to shoot a stand-alone film for Deadpool stalled amid fears the script was too dark and violent for Hollywood executives.
Reynolds previously commented, "I love Deadpool and there is a script that's in development. But it's so, so far into the R-rated zone... it's a nearly NC-17 world and I just don't know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it."
Old test footage of Reynolds as Deadpool leaked online this summer (14) and garnered positive reviews from fans, and the response appears to have convinced Fox chiefs to finally move forward with the project, setting a February, 2016 release date.
Reynolds has yet to officially sign on for the project, but he is expected to return for Deadpool, which will be directed by Tim Miller in his feature film debut.
Reynolds is no stranger to the comic book world - he previously portrayed Green Lantern in the 2011 box office flop, opposite his now-wife Blake Lively.
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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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