There's a teaser trailer for The Expendables 3. It shows 15 people in silhouette in an airplane hanger. After a few seconds, they turn and their features become visible. A series of last-names show up ... and they are impressive action-movie actor last names: (Mel) Gibson, (Harrison) Ford, (Jet) Li, (Arnold) Schwarzenegger, (Sylvester) Stallone, (Jason) Statham, even (Ronda) Rousey. But there was one that made me scratch my head. Grammer. Wait, where have I heard that one before? Kelsey Grammer? Are you kidding me? Kelsey Grammer? Frasier Crane? He's in this movie? Did this suddenly be come a gag reel?
Sure, it's one thing to have him in the movie, but to have him hyped up as one of the bad-ass names in the teaser trailer? They might as well have had David Hyde-Pierce's name in there as well. The image of Grammer's character either trying to psychoanalyze Stallone's or spending the entire time in battles sitting there assembling and re-assembling his guns because his OCD won't let him do anything else stick in my mind. When I think of action movies, Grammer's name is about no. 150 on my list. In fact, his last name is not someone that needs to be used in a movie ad, since I had to look on imdb.com to make sure that there wasn't some new action movie actor with the same last name.
While I'm all for actors trying to push their boundaries to break out of typecasting, I just can't get the image of Grammer as the nebbish, finicky Crane out of my head. Sure, he did play a ruthless terminally ill politician in Boss, but I never saw that since I don't get Starz. It doesn't seem likely that Grammer does anything like wield machine guns in that show. There may be one saving grace with this - Grammer's character's name is Bonaparte, which would seemingly lend itself to strategy.The movie bills itself as a high-tech group vs. Stallone's more ground-and-pound foot soldiers. That could be an interesting one.
For all we know, he may be some comic relief. There's probably a part in the movie where Bonaparte gets his ass kicked by Rousey's character. I'd definitely pay to see that.
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."
Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).
Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.
American Hustle, Gravity, The Wolf Of Wall Street and 12 Years A Slave have all been given an Oscars boost by officials at the Producers Guild of America after featuring on their list of the top films of 2013. The quartet of movies have been joined by Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Tom Hanks' films Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze's Her and Nebraska among the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
Meanwhile, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Frozen and Monsters University will battle it out for the animated honour.
In the TV categories, the producers of 30 Rock, Arrested Development, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and Veep will vie for The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Comedy), while the brains behind Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and House of Cards will face each other for the the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama).
American Horror Story: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, Killing Kennedy, Phil Spector and Top of the Lake producers scored mentions for the David L. Wolper Award for long-form television.
The 25th annual Producers Guild Awards will take place on 19 January (14) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan were recently tapped to join director and photographer Anton Corbijn's new film, Life, about a pivotal LIFE Magazine interview in 1955 that sparked a road trip and friendship between photojournalist Dennis Stock and iconic American actor James Dean. Corbijn, who has a long history of collaboration with Tom Waits, makes a natural fit with the story of photographer and performer relating.
Pattinson will be playing the conservative Stock, while DeHaan will be taking on the role of troubled actor Dean. After proving himself a more than capable performer in both In Treatment and last year's breakout Chronicle, DeHaan signed on to the Sony's new Amazing Spider-Man sequel to play Harry Osborn, a role brought to life by James Franco in the early 2000s. Now, DeHaan is set to star in another role once played by Franco, who embodied Dean in a TV movie in 2001. As far as actors go, Franco's not a terrible inspiration. His résumé may be long, eclectic, and feature a few too many episodes of General Hospital, but even when he's starred in flops (and there's been a fair share of flops) he's usually doing something either new or interesting. What's next? DeHaan on spring break (4eva)? DeHaan as a Flyboy? DeHaan selling invisible art on Kickstarter? DeHaan playing himself in one of the funniest movies of summer 2023?
Let's not forget about Pattinson. First of all, it's nearly impossible to with all the speculation over the relative broken/unbrokeness of his relationship with Kristen Stewart. Second, he's expressed a desire to do something different and interesting with his post-Twilight work, and this fits right in. He's starred in one David Cronenberg film (Cosmopolis) and just finished another (A Map to the Stars). And The Rover, which should be released later this year, is a dark and gritty crime story that. Those fiercely independant choices combined with Life might finally put the Twilight sparkle to rest for good.
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You don't gain the thespian bravado occupied by the likes of John Malkovich without looking at the world as your stage. In between features at the moment, the master of the screen and stage was recently caught on camera during a vacation in Sweden. But for a man whose blood pumps celluloid, you've got to imagine that civilian life is nothing but a bore. As such, Malkovich needs to spice things up by adding some dramatic flare to everyday life. So when the Dangerous Liaisons star found himself in the otherwise mundane situation of ambling about in a public square in Stockholm in the company of only a strange toddler, his cinematic mind kicked into action. Oh, the bounty of ideas...
Sleepless in Stockholm"All right, John," says Malkovich. "In this scene, you're playing an insomniac who — still dressed in his pajamas — gathers all of his earthly possessions in a single handbag to make a trip across the Atlantic to meet the Swedish resident he has been chatting with on the Internet... only to realize that she's only six years old. And... cue disturbed face!"
The Dark Knight, Jr.Malkovich gears up for another: "Okay, John. Here, you're the Batman villain The Riddler, stripped of your question marks after a dry spell in riddle-based crimes that has come from an absence of Bruce Waynes to torture. But, lo and behold, you've found your new nemesis: Wayne's illegitimate daughter, the next in line to wear the Bat suit, and she's already got her eye on the bag of money you've stolen from Gotham's Little Stockholm neighborhood. And... cue enigmatic face!"
Freaky FredagAnd another: "Here we go, Johnny Boy. In this one, you've just realized that the wish you made at the famous Gothenberg fountain to switch lives with a plucky young native has come true, and your body is housing the mind and spirit of a 7-year-old girl! As you, in the body of the little lady, try to convince her (in your body) to hand over the briefcase filled with your important business papers, you/she can't help but delight in the chaotic ordeal. And... cue nanny-nanny-poo-poo face!"
Being John MonkeyvichOne last shot: "Here we go, J-Malk. All bets are off. You know the new Planet of the Apes movies? Well, we're going to make our own. If Andy Serkis can do mo-cap, so can you. You're the chimp. Just flail about like a chimp, and they'll digitize the whole thing later. Here, this ridiculous blue sheet, they can computer animate some ape fur over that. Pretend this handbag is a banana. And that little girl? She'll be our James Franco. It's perfect! It'll make millions! You won't have to do red 3! And... cue stop-judging-me-I-really-want-that-houseboat face!"
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This weekend, the Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton feud leapt from classically passive aggressive to artful levels of wacky. Charges that the blogger is pitting Gaga and Katy Perry's singles and fandoms against each other? Daily business. Being accused of "stalking" the singer and receiving death threats from her fans? Upping the ante. Firing back veiled allegations of drug use and peer sabotage at the diva? Now that's primetime Twitter beef. But like any good celebrity feud, the commotion has been heavy on the feuding and low on the explaining. Although Hilton has sworn up and down "the truth will come to light" all that is left is the rest of us wondering how the once relationship between the infamous blogger and the pop star has soured so much (and, seemingly, so quickly).
But it should come as no surprise that Hilton's opinion of Gaga has changed so drastically — it's become a common occurrence for the gossip peddler to alternatively warm up and turn cold on female entertainers. Here's a visual breakdown of Hilton's relationships with his favorite, and occasionally least favorite, pop stars. (Click the below images to enlarge.)
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A former prosecutor who handled cases against Bruno Mars and Paris Hilton has been found dead at his home in Las Vegas. David Schubert's body was discovered on Wednesday (17Jul13). No further details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
The former deputy district attorney prosecuted Mars and Hilton for cocaine possession in separate incidents, but hit the headlines himself when he was sentenced to nine months behind bars on drugs and weapon charges last February (12).
The 49 year old struck a plea deal after authorities discovered $40 (£25) worth of crack cocaine and an unregistered firearm in his car in 2011. He was released from jail on parole in April (13).
Mars was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to felony cocaine possession in February (11), while socialite Hilton was handed probation after admitting charges of drug possession and obstructing an officer in 2010.
Who else but pop star Lady Gaga comes to mind when you hear the word godmother? Oh sorry, not the fairy kind. But that is the person Elton John has once again chosen to be his child's godmother.
After welcoming his second son, Elijah, into the world in January, the Rocket Man and his partner, David Furnish have given the godparent title to the Fame Monster — who is also the godmother to his two-and-a-half year-old son, Zachary. In an interview with Extra, the legendary rocker said about the singer (who he has already collaborated with professionally), "She's a great role model. She's young. She's been a great godmother to Zachary."
Plus, what's a celebrity child without a famous godparent? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's kids have Bono. Drew Barrymore's daughter has Steven Spielberg. And like the English singer/songwriter says, "We're all bonkers in this businss, but we're human beings at the same time."
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We can already hear the kid's first word: Gagagagagaga.
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As if it wasn't exciting enough that a new season of Doctor Who returns tonight, the BBC has confirmed that David Tenant and Billie Piper will be joining the cast for a 50th anniversary special to air later this year.
This will mark the first return of Tenant who last played the 10th Doctor in the cult sci-fi series in 2010's "The End of Time." The special — which begins filming this week in the UK — will also guest star Matt Smith (who was reportedly leaving the show) and Aliens' John Hurt.
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Easter Sunday continues with more Doctor Who. The special Doctor Who: The Companions will take a look back at the Doctor's past and present companions, and hear how the show has changed their lives. As part of the series 50 year celebration, the network will also air an anniversary special and a documentary showing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the first Doctor Who episode.
Doctor Who fans — what are you the most excited about? Sound off in the comments!
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The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon? It's looking like a strong possibility. Word around the Late Night watercooler is NBC is looking to move Fallon into a better time slot: Jay Leno's!
Despite the long-time host's great ratings, the network is hoping to connect more with the 18-49 demographic — something ABC is having success with after moving late night host, Jimmy Kimmel to an earlier slot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the move could happen as early as summer of 2014, as both Leno and CBS' David Letterman are under contract until that time.
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All should be revealed in May during the TV upfronts. Let's just hope it doesn't turn into a nasty war of the words. Can anyone say Conan O'Brien?
Who do you think deserves the late-night timeslot: Leno or Fallon? Cast your votes in the comments below!
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