The World Music Awards kicked off more than an hour late on Tuesday (27May14) after opening act Mariah Carey was late taking to the stage, according to a report. The Hero hitmaker opened the show in Monaco with a performance of new song Meteorite prior to picking up the Pop Icon Award, but she was delayed by around 60 minutes, prompting organisers to push the evening's schedule back.
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper report stars including Miley Cyrus were kept waiting, and the singer poked fun at Carey's tardiness in her acceptance speech as she picked up a prize, telling the crowd, "Thank God! I thought this party was never going to get started." Cyrus, who brought her younger brother Braison as her date for the event at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, was named the World's Best Female Artist and her controversial Wrecking Ball music promo landed the trophy for World's Best Pop Video.
Ricky Martin was honoured with the Latin Legend accolade and Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cyrus closed the show with an emotional rendition of Wrecking Ball, while other performers included Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida and British rapper Tinie Tempah. The complete list of winners will be revealed when the show airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (28May14).
Mariah Carey is to be honoured with a special prize at the World Music Awards in Monaco later this month (May14).
The singer will receive the Icon Award and also perform at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club event on 27 May (14), alongside Miley Cyrus, Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Tinie Tempah, James Arthur, Laura Pausini and Flo Rida, among others. Ricky Martin will also be honoured with the Latin Legend Award at the ceremony.
Rapper/actor Ludacris has signed on to host the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14). The Get Back hitmaker will be taking a break from filming the seventh Fast & Furious movie to take charge of the ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Shakira has been added to the list of performers, which also includes Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez, who will be honoured with the night's Icon Award.
Some pairs are just meant to be onscreen together, whether its Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. They have a connection and chemistry that is hard to quantify and even harder to manufacture. As far as today's stars go, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have proved that they have that kind of connection when they're working together. So have Seth Rogen and James Franco. With each duo in the early stages of new big screen projects, we ask fans: Which of the bro-tastic pairings are you most looking forward to see reunited?
Ferrell and Reilly
It's not exactly the most logical fit. Ferrell comes from the Saturday Night Live school of goofy man-child characters and Reilly was once considered an up-and-coming dramatic actor working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terrence Malick. Then Reilly became Ferrell's dimwitted sidekick in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and soon the two were doing red carpet bits in character. They reteamed for Step Brothers, a film that gave new meaning to the term "arrested development" and established Ferrell and Reilly as a powerhouse comedy duo. Since then they've appeared in Funny or Die shorts together and Reilly made a cameo in last year's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. They each continue to do a full slate of work on their own — Reilly in particular stays extremely busy — making it clear that when they work together it's because they want to. The pair is set to reteam with director Adam McKay, Ferrell's frequent collaborator and Step Brothers director, on a comedy called Border Guards about two guys that end up on the wrong side of the Mexican border while trying to protect the United States from illegal immigrants.
Rogen and Franco
As opposed to Ferrell and Reilly, who had plenty of success individually prior to working together, Rogen and Franco started out working with one another in Judd Apatow's critically TV cult classic Freaks and Geeks. The pair shared screentime and exemplary chemistry with Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, and Linda Cardellini as the titular "freaks." While Franco went off and found stardom in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, Rogen hung around with Apatow long enough to find a fan base of his own after films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Around the same time that Ferrell and Reilly did Step Brothers, Franco and Rogen reteamed for Pineapple Express. Then there was last year's This Is the End, where Rogen and Franco played amplified versions of themselves. Since then, they've taken to the net to spoof Kanye West's "Bound 2" video as well as Vogue's photo shoot with Kim Kardashian, and Franco popped in on Rogen's recent hosting turn on Saturday Night Live. The affection that they have for each other shows… sometimes more than you could even expect, such as the over-the-top (and shirtless) displays of love in the Bound video. Rogen and Franco, through their production companies, are planning to produce a film version of the book The Disaster Artist about the making of the notoriously bad cult movie The Room.
Perhaps someday Ferrell, Reilly, Franco and Rogen will all make a movie together — and considering Ferrell's and Rogen's proclivity for cramming famous people into their projects that isn't too far-fetched — but for now we're making you choose. So, who's it going to be? Vote below to tell us which duo — Ferrell and Reilly or Franco and Rogen — you can't wait to see more comedy gold from.
Continuum is an insanely addictive sci-fi action series from Canada. Like Lost Girl, the series is edgier than your typical American show. It puts a bizarre spin on its use of time travel. In the year 2077, big business has taken over and instituted a police state. There is no longer such a thing as privacy or free thought. Laws are enforced by Protectors of the City Protective Services (CPS). Meanwhile, the questionably titled terrorist group, Liber8, is trying to undermine the stronghold of big business.
Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) is a committed policewoman and military veteran. She gets pulled through time and space when Liber8 uses a time travel device to go to the year 2012. Armed with knowledge of the future and its unique gifts, the only one able to stop them is Kiera, equipped with a cybernetic suit and Swiss-army gun. All the while, she struggles with having left her family in the past (or future).
The first two seasons are available on Netflix. However, if you want to jump right into Season 3 we’ve got everything you need to know be caught up on the series. (Obviously, this breakdown includes major spoilers).
Kiera is shocked to find herself in the year 2012. Her suit and brain implant, CMR, get its wires crossed with a teenage boy’s computer. That boy, Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), will be the father of an entire age of technology. With Alec’s hacking at her disposal, Kiera uses her knowledge of Liber8 to help the police. Her cover is the bizarre premise of made up secret part of the government. She partners with Vancouver police detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster).
Under the leadership of Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola), Liber8 tries to change the future by murdering people and destroying businesses in 2012. Meanwhile, reluctant Liber8 member Matthew Kellog (Stephen Lobo) goes solo and uses his knowledge of the future to succeed financially. Kagame sacrifices himself to ensure that his plans to change the future come to fruition.
The season culminates in an epic terrorist act. Kiera suddenly remembers a terrorist attack that occurred in her original timeline's version of 2012: the major explosion costs Kagame his life. Alec unlocks a secret message in Kiera’s memory. Alec, in the future, is instrumental in sending Kiera and Liber8 into the past. Meanwhile, Alec’s step-brother is the father of the Liber8 movement and Alec loses his step-father in a major confrontation. Finally, in a complete WTF shocker, Kiera sleeps with Kellog. The question arises: was Kiera always meant to visit the past? Is she ensuring the future with her family will exist or is she changing it with every act she does?
The second season finds a couple of changes. Kiera’s suit is no longer bronze but a darker black (to match her new attitude). She’s committed to getting home by any means necessary. Kellog is using his finances to influence Alec by building him a lab. Kiera also learns that a few other people from the future came back through time, including her partner from 2077. But they arrived at different times. Her partner dies of old age, leaving behind an extra super suit. The other future survivor is Jason (Ian Tracey).
Liber8 is having some internal battles. Sonya Valentine (Lexa Doig) was appointed by Kagame but Travis Verta (Roger Cross) has the most leader potential. They jockey for control over Alec’s step-brother Theseus. They also try and get Jim Martin (Tahmoh Penikett) elected into government.
Meanwhile, a third group of time travelers, Freelancers, are slowly cropping up. They blow Kiera’s cover with the police department. There also is the mysterious figure known as Escher (Hugh Dillon) who tries to enlist Kiera’s help. It turns out he’s Alec’s father, Alec’s girlfriend is a spy, and Jason is Alec’s son from the future. The season ends with Kiera offered a chance to go back home using Escher’s resources and the time travel device. However, Alec’s girlfriend is killed so he uses the device to go back in time. Trapped in the present Kiera is apprehended by the Freelancers and imprisoned to no longer make any changes to the timeline.
How will Kiera get out of the hands of Freelancers? Is Alec the evil mastermind capable of ruining Kiera’s life or is he a victim of all this time traveling? Find out when Season 3 begins on Syfy.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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With the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel approaching, it's an appropriate time to look back at Wes Anderson's filmography and rank his contributions to the cinematic medium. An extremely eccentric and divisive filmmaker, Anderson is an uninhibited auteur. Those who love his work admire his quirky sensibility and meticulously designed compositions, and those who loathe his work find his films too precious and pretentious. I'm somewhere in the middle, and it usually depends on the particular project. Below are Anderson's films ranked from best to worst. Where do you think The Grand Budapest Hotel will fit when it hits theaters on March 7?
1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
This whimsical love story is Anderson's greatest achievement. Like other Anderson films, Moonrise Kingdom contains marvelous set pieces and beautiful camerawork, but it's arguably the only one that makes a case for the preciousness so many people despise. This is a film about children, after all, and Anderson understands exactly how it feels to be young and misunderstood.
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The most Andersonesque film of Anderson's career, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is full of the usual flourishes. It's completely strange, but Bill Murray anchors the film with a deadpan performance for the ages. How can you not love the Sigur Rós scene?
3. Bottle Rocket (1996)
Anderson's debut feature is a wildly funny caper that reinvigorates the heist movie and introduces the world to Anderson, Owen Wison, and Luke Wilson. Martin Scorsese rightfully named Bottle Rocket one of the best films of the 1990s.
4. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson's most popular film, with a stellar cast, perfect soundtrack, and a melancholy story of a fractured family. It doesn't quite work as a comedy, but it's a poignant, powerful drama.
5. Rushmore (1998)
This quirky coming-of-age comedy is a defining film of the 1990s and one of the hallmarks of the independent film movement. Bill Murray is terrific and Jason Schwartzman gives a typically off-kilter performance, but it doesn't hold up to Anderson's more recent work.
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2010)
The voices of Meryl Streep and George Clooney couldn't save Anderson's first and only foray into animation. Some fans and critics love it, but it's too odd and quirky for its own good, and the animation doesn't help.
7. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
While Fantastic Mr. Fox can be admired for its boldness, The Darjeeling Limited is a mere rehash of better Anderson films. With the exception of an excellent opening scene, this is the only film where Anderson seems to be slumming it.
Birthday girl Lupita Nyong'o and her movie 12 Years A Slave were the toast of the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (01Mar14). On the eve of the Oscars, the stars braved torrential rain at the beach and watched Steve McQueen's movie adaptation of Solomon Northup's slave drama pick up five of the biggest awards, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o).
Otherwise, it was an afternoon of favourites - Cate Blanchett and Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the rest of the acting prizes.
But the big talking point was Paula Patton, who made her first red carpet since announcing her marriage split from Robin Thicke.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Robert Altman Award: Mud
Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston
Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, Newlyweeds
Truer than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn
While most people spent their Valentine's Day out with their significant others or cuddling up with a tub of cookie dough ice cream (aka the best significant other in the world), Ellen Page spent the day at the Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas changing her life. She gave an articulate and heartwarming speech (see below) in which she came out for the first time in public. On top of the many obvious reasons why we can applaud this, there's also the victory over not having to pretend that she's awkwardly dating Alexander Skarsgard anymore. Page's genuinely moving speech garnered an overwhelming amount of support, not only at the Las Vegas Human Rights Campaign Foundation function, but also in the online celebrity world, with many of Page's peers commending her for her courage.
Love love LOVE @EllenPage & the message she sent out today! What a perfect way to end Valentines Day!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 15, 2014
Ellen Page. ..nothing but Love and Respect
— Luis Guzman (@IamLuisGuzman) February 15, 2014
Very beautiful Ellen Page!!! IM very happy for you!!! You are free! http://t.co/F3upFobC7g ... http://t.co/uHep8tPTmO
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) February 15, 2014
Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage Yay @EllenPage @EllenPage #brave
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) February 15, 2014
Congrats @EllenPage for sharing your Light, integrity and truth with us all. Both onscreen and off. I have great admiration for you.
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) February 15, 2014
Congrats @EllenPage for sharing your Light, integrity and truth with us all. Both onscreen and off. I have great admiration for you.
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) February 15, 2014
Be mine fellow Canadian babygirl xo @EllenPage xo
— Hannah Simone (@HannahSimone) February 15, 2014
Never underestimate the courage it takes to be yourself. Giant hugs to @EllenPage
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 15, 2014
Beautiful, eloquent speech!! We love you @ellenpage http://t.co/wbHJ4M61y1
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 15, 2014
Props to @EllenPage for helping so many people through their daily struggles by courageously leading by example and coming out on V Day!
— Emile Hirsch (@EmileHirsch) February 15, 2014
Hey @EllenPage...Be my Valentine? #respect
— Kate Mara (@_KateMara) February 15, 2014
I just watched Ellen Page come out! Wow! What a speech! Congrats!! #HRC #TimeToThrive http://t.co/XqKyusVq9A
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) February 15, 2014
Mad mad mad mad mad mad crazy love and praise for @EllenPage today. Congrats to you, you light, talent, and beauty.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 15, 2014
Rivited by @EllenPage's fabulous speech. So honest & funny & articulate. She Shines. Happy Valentines day to ALL. http://t.co/s6fRvd8CNj
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 15, 2014
Wow I'm so moved by this and proud to be 1 Degree from #ellenpage http://t.co/tI11le7XQK
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) February 15, 2014
Just wanted to take a moment to say how moved I am by all the support. I feel profoundly grateful right now. xxxx
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 17, 2014
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"A new Will Smith movie! What's it about?"
That question sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? That's because you already know. Sure, there are a few odds and ends you might not have caught wind of, but you're never totally in the dark on the plot of one of Will Smith's gestating blockbusters. Because they're all pretty much exactly the same.
Every one of the Fresh Prince's (is it reductive to still call him that?) headliners commits to a rigid formula of pieces so interchangeable that were he alive today, we know who Eli Whitney would deem his favorite Hollywood star.
Brilliance — the new movie that TheWrap is pinning to the 43-year-old actor — is no outlier: In the film, Smith plays a "gifted" government agent who saves a future society from terrorist attacks. Yes, that'll fit quite snugly into the proverbial fill-in-the-blank game that is the rest of his filmography...
BAD BOYSSet in Miami in the present, Will Smith (a cop) saves the city from criminals with the help of Martin Lawrence.
INDEPENDENCE DAYSet in New York and D.C. in the present, Will Smith saves the world from aliens with the help of Jeff Goldblum and the president.
MEN IN BLACKSet in New York in the present and the past, Will Smith (a cop) saves the world from aliens with the help of Tommy Lee Jones.
ENEMY OF THE STATESet in D.C. in the present, Will Smith saves himself from the government with the help of Gabriel Byrne.
WILD WILD WESTSet in D.C. in the past, Will Smith (a cop) saves the president from a criminal with the help of Kevin Kline.
I, ROBOTSet in Chicago in the future, Will Smith (a cop) saves the city from robots with the help of a robot.
HITCHSet in New York in the present, Will Smith saves Kevin James from heartbreak with the help of Eva Mendes.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESSSet in San Francisco in the past, Will Smith saves his actual son from poverty with the help of hope and perseverence.
I AM LEGENDSet in New York in the future, Will Smith saves himself from zombies with the help of a dog.
HANCOCKSet in Los Angeles in the present, Will Smith saves the city from criminals (and himself) with the help of Jason Bateman andCharlize Theron.
AFTER EARTHSet on Earth and Nova Prime in the future, Will Smith saves his actual son from aliens and animals with the help of Scientology.
So that makes four New Yorks and three D.C.s, three counts of saving the city, two of the world, and two of his son, three movies that involve aliens, three that involve criminals, four movies where he's a cop... and in just about all of them, he's "gifted." Welcome to the game, Brilliance.
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