"I had less anxiety waiting for the results of a home pregnancy test. And that's the truth, that's not just a cheap joke. That's the truth." Irish actor Colin Farrell was a nervous mess when he met the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor for the first time. The pair became unlikely friends in 2009, two years before her death.
Jack Nicholson, Eva Mendes and Anjelica Huston were among the stars who turned out to mark the 82nd birthday of late screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor on Thursday (27Feb14). A dinner, organised in collaboration with the star's AIDs foundation, was held at the Violet Grey's Melrose Place store in Los Angeles, which was named after Taylor's distinctive eyes.
Nicholson sat with Mendes at the event, while other guests included Pharrell Williams, supermodel Chanel Iman, Alice Eve and Paramount Pictures boss Brad Grey.
Renowned chef Pascal Tingaud was jetted in from France to oversee the menu.
Taylor, born on 27 February 1932, passed away in 2011 aged 79 after a lengthy battle with ill health.
"Has everyone wished Josh Groban a happy birthday? It's also the birthday of one of my favorite actresses @DameElizabeth". Star Trek icon William Shatner marks pal Groban's 33rd birthday on Thursday (27Feb14), the same day the late Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 82.
A collection of iconic paparazzi pictures from the last 50 years, including snaps of Britney Spears, Sir Mick Jagger and Kate Moss, have gone on display in Paris, France. The images are part of a new exhibition titled Paparazzi! Photographers, stars and artists which launched at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a branch of the world-renowned Centre Pompidou in Paris, in Metz, France.
Snaps on display include iconic paparazzi pictures of Spears, Jagger and Moss, as well Dame Elizabeth Taylor and public figures such as politicians and world leaders.
The exhibition runs from 26 February (14) until 9 June (14).
Photographs of, and artwork inspired by, the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor are set to go under the hammer for charity. The items, including a 1997 black-and-white portrait of the acting icon taken by fashion photographer Herb Ritts, will be auctioned off during a special Los Angeles event hosted by her close friend, Colin Farrell, on 27 February (14), on what would have been Taylor's 82nd birthday. Proceeds will benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to help fight the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Late movie legend Richard Burton vowed to stay sober while making classic movie Under Milk Wood by limiting his drinking to only one bottle of vodka a day. The Welsh actor, who was a hardened drinker, appeared in the 1972 film opposite his on/off wife, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter O'Toole, and the film's director has opened up about the making of the movie in a book called Down Under Milk Wood.
In the tome, Sinclair reveals the difficulties he faced as he attempted to gather three of Hollywood's biggest names together, describing it as like "fixing a weekend between Howard Hughes, Queen Elizabeth II and Puck".
The moviemaker also claims Burton promised to cut down his booze intake while making the movie, adding, "'I am not drinking on your film,' he told me. 'That means only one bottle of vodka a day. I'm sober on two, but when I'm drinking it is three or more.'"
In the book, Sinclair also details Taylor's outrageous demands, including three special French nightgowns which swallowed up 50 per cent of the project's costume budget and her refusal to travel to the Welsh town of Fishguard for filming on location. Her scenes were shot separately at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.
Sinclair also claims Taylor refused to perform on one of her scheduled filming days, so O'Toole took her out to lunch, plied her with alcohol and then held her up as she drunkenly read her lines in front of the camera.
Actor/director Rob Reiner will be the 2014 recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award. The When Harry Met Sally director will be the guest of honour at the 41st gala in New York in April (14). Previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Last year (13), Barbra Streisand was honoured.
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding someone new to their lineup, and it might be someone we already know and love. According to The Daily Mail, the film will be adding The Vision to their already massive cast, and are reportedly looking at British actor Paul Bettany to play the role — yes, the same Paul Bettany who currently provides the voice for everyone's favorite artificially intelligent butler and personal assistant JARVIS. The actor was apparently spotted recently with Jeremy Renner on the set of the film, and that he appeared to be participating in some costuming and make up tests for the part.
It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new character being added to Age of Ultron, and with so many other superhero franchises also in the middle of casting and filming, it can be difficult keeping everyone and their powers straight. To help you out, we've created a handy rundown of all of the new heroes and villains who will be in the next Avengers film, in order of how excited we are to see them on the big screen.
Unspecified Villain Played By: Kim Soo-hyunWhat We Know: Honestly? Not much. Kim, who is a Korean actress, was recently cast in an "villain role," which means that her character will either play a supporting role to one of or both of the film's two main villains, or she will be revealed to be a significant character somewhere down the line. How Excited We Are: Well, that depends on who she's playing, doesn't it?
The Vision Played By: Paul Bettany (Allegedly)What We Know: Vision is a robot created by Ultron as a way to enact revenge against his own creator. Though Vision starts off as a bad guy, he eventually becomes good and joins the Avengers, and even falls in love with and marries Scarlet Witch. His powers include flight, phasing, the ability to project solar energy, and regeneration, which is sure to make things complicated for the Avengers. There's been no word yet on whether this version of Vision will be tied to JARVIS in any way, but many people are theorizing that Ultron may corrupt JARVIS and turn him into Vision. How Excited We Are: We'd prefer if he made a Wimbledon 2, but we'll take it.
QuicksilverPlayed By: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonWhat We Know: Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff is the twin brother of Wanda/Scarlet Witch, and is also a mutant and a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He can move and think at superhuman speeds, a trait which Taylor-Johnson revealed causes him to become easily bored and irritable. He's incredibly protective of his sister, likely due to the fact that they were abandoned as children, and have spent most of their lives running away and protecting themselves from people who wanted to harm them. Quicksilver will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, although he will be played by Evan Peters, and they characters will not move between the two universes. How Excited We Are: Well, it's got to turn out better than the other Quicksilver's Empire cover, right?
Scarlet Witch Played By: Elizabeth OlsenWhat We Know: Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch will be joining the Avengers lineup in Age of Ultron. She originally appeared in the X-Men comics along with her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but she was later recruited by Iron Man to join the Avengers. She's a mutant, and her powers come from her ability to perform "hexes," and telekinesis, which allow her to move or control objects as well as causing bad things to happen to her opponents. Olsen also revealed that her character can "connect with the dead and people from the past, the future, other universes," so we're excited to see how that ability comes into play in Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch and Vision fall in love in the comics, so we're likely to see some sparks fly onscreen as well. How Excited We Are: We're always up for more female superheroes. Always.
Baron Wolfgang Von StruckerPlayed By: Thomas KretschmannWhat We Know: Strucker is a former Nazi officer who founds HYDRA, is the mortal enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., and has spent most of his life attempting to take over the world through genocide. He is incredibly intelligent and strong, and is excellent at hand-to-hand combat, as well as having an aptitude for military strategy and disguise. Strucker has been thought to be killed many times, although he has survived or regenerated each time, and although it hasn't been revealed which powers he will have in Age of Ultron, in some comics, he is able to kill his opponents instantly by releasing the Death Spore from his body. He also sues his HYDRA resources to develop serums that give him additional powers and prevent him from aging, so that he can stay eternally youthful and torture Nick Fury for all of eternity. How Excited We Are: He's cool, but we've already seen one Super Nazi, and we're more interested in the maniacal AI.
Falcon Played By: Anthony MackieWhat We Know: Though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether or not Samuel Wilson/Falcon will appear in Age of Ultron, but since we know that it will deal directly with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's likely that he will pop up in some way. Although his backstory differs somewhat in the comcis, in the film, Falcon works as a tactical leader for S.HI.E.L.D. and bonds with Captain America over their shared military experience. He is able to fly using a pair of mechanical wings, and in the comics he also has the ability to connect with birds, see through their eyes and communicate with them. Falcon has been Captain America's sidekick since the 1970s, and joined the Avengers shortly afterwards, which means it's only a matter of time before we see him line up with the rest of the team. How Excited We Are: Finally, Mackie will be in a film worth seeing. Sorry dude, we love you, but even you couldn't make Runner, Runner bearable.
Ultron Played By: James SpaderWhat We Know: Ultron is an artificial intelligence with an unfortunate god complex who is hell-bent on getting revenge on his creator and taking over the world. He's a long-term nemesis for the Avengers, having first appeared in the comics in the 1940s, so even though he's the main villain of this film, that doesn't necessarily mean we won't see him in future films. Ultron will be rendered on-screen through CGI, though he will be based on the motion-capture work that Spader will be doing. His range of powers includes superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, flight, and the ability to shoot rays of energy from his hands that renders opponents unconscious; however, Joss Whedon has revealed that not all of his powers will be featured in Age of Ultron. How Excited We Are: He's the big bad of the film and he's voiced by Spader. Need we say more?
Dame Helen Mirren is set to be honoured by Prince William at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) next week (begs10Feb14). The Duke of Cambridge, who is the President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will present The Queen star with the Academy Fellowship Award on 16 February (14).
Previous fellows include Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Dame Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Sir Christopher Lee.
Morgan Freeman will present West Side Story star Rita Moreno with the 50th Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild prizegiving on Saturday (18Jan14). Moreno will accept her latest accolade for her career and humanitarian accomplishments.
Past recipients of the award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor and Clint Eastwood.
Freeman and Moreno are old friends, who first worked together on variety show The Electric Company in the early 1970s.