Katy Perry has teased fans about her upcoming half-time Super Bowl performance by "leaking" a parody track by comedian Tim Heidecker. The Roar hitmaker and special guest Lenny Kravitz will headline the coveted show during Sunday's (01Feb15) football clash between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, and while she's keen to stay tight-lipped about her performance, Perry jokingly gave her Twitter followers a preview of what to expect during the show.
Perry wrote "SuPeR BoWl LeAk", and shared a song called "Katy Perry Leaked Superbowl Song 2015", by funnyman Heidecker, of popular duo Tim & Eric.
On the track, a Perry sound-alike sings, "I’m Katy Perry/And I'm hairy and scary/But I like to have so much fun/I like to run/I like to watch the football game/It makes me totally insane/Don't have to dribble, you pass the ball/You run the ball, you go to the end zone/To score the points!"
Kravitz even makes a brief voiceover cameo in the song, stating, "Hi, I'm Lenny Kravitz, brought to you by (cell phone service provider) T-Mobile".
The American Woman hitmaker gave his own hint about the performance before the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (25Jan15), telling E! News that he's been texting with Perry about their gig, adding that fans "might not expect" their song choice.
Actor Christian Bale has reportedly pulled out of talks to star in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
The Dark Knight star became the frontrunner to portray the late Apple Computer co-founder in the film adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography after Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of the project to make The Revenant.
Last month (Oct14), screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed Bale was set to take on the role, but negotiations were still ongoing and now he has reportedly exited the project because he did not feel he was the right fit for the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A replacement for Bale has not been announced, but actor Seth Rogen has been approached to portray Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film.
He’s one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Christian Bale has always been somewhat of a mystery. Hell, we didn’t even realize he had a British accent until a few years ago! He commits so fully to his characters that we felt it was only right to commit to digging up facts on this transformative actor. Some you may know already, others might come as a surprise.
1. He was born in Wales, but he’s technically English.
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But to make things even more confusing, he'll sometimes do interviews in an American accent if he's playing an American character.
2. He was the first non-American to portray Batman.
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3. He met his wife, Sibi Blazic, through his Little Women co-star Winona Ryder.
Blazic was Ryder’s personal assistant.
4. He's an expert at losing and gaining weight.
Bale transforms for his roles. He infamously lost 63 pounds (yikes) for his role in The Machinist , and gained 43 pounds for his role in American Hustle.
5. He worked with David O. Russell and Amy Adams twice – in both The Fighter and American Hustle.
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6. He was in Newsies.
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He sang! He danced! He was an adorable teenager!
7. He was originally cast to play George W. Bush in the movie W., but dropped out and was replaced by Josh Brolin.
8. He has a kind heart.
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Following a 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, Bale visited survivors in the hospital.
9. He also has a bit of a temper.
A recording of his tirade on the set of Terminator: Salvation was released – and remixed – in 2009. He apologized for it, though.
10. He was almost replaced by Leonardo DiCaprio in American Psycho.
Leo dropped out to star in The Beach. We'd say things worked out in favor of Bale.
11. He partially shaved his head to get an authentic-looking combover in American Hustle.
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Now that's dedication!
12. His dad, David Bale, was married to feminist Gloria Steinem from 2000 until his death in 2003.
13. At age 12, Bale beat out more than 4,000 child actors for the starring role in Empire of the Sun.
His performance won him the first ever "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review.
14. He was just cast to play Steve Jobs.
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He's set to star in the Danny Boyle-directed film Jobs (not to be confused with the Ashton Kutcher flick of the same name). Seth Rogen just signed on to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
15. He bears a striking resemblence to Kermit the Frog.
We blame the Internet for this one.
Hopefully we made this private actor just a little more knowable.
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A replica masterpiece painted by actor Timothy Spall for his role as J.M.W. Turner in a new biopic is to go on display in the U.K. The British actor learned to paint to prepare for playing the artist in new movie Mr. Turner, and a collection of his work has been chosen for an exhibition at Petworth House in Sussex, England, where the English master often worked.
The pictures include a replica of Turner's 1842 masterpiece Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth Making Signals in Shallow Water, and Going by the Lead.
Spall spent two years learning to paint under the tutelage of artist Tim Wright, who says of the upcoming exhibition, "It will show you someone who has really got to grips with painting and drawing in his own right. They are not pastiches of Turner: there are some paintings and drawings and watercolours that stand up on their own... He (Spall) had an interest in art as well - no real training but he was certainly interested in Turner... He was very tenacious. He never cut corners and was very diligent - it was quite impressive to see."
The exhibition opens next year (15). Mr. Turner will be released in the U.K. on 31 October (14), and in the U.S. in December (14).
James star Tim Booth has signed up for singing lessons for the first time in two decades to strengthen his voice for the band's touring commitments after falling ill earlier this summer (14). The band was forced to cancel plans when the singer lost his voice and the drama prompted Booth to seek professional help.
Now, as the band embarks on a tour to promote its new album La Petit Mort, Booth explains, "I'm really good now. I got a summer bloody flu in England and was laid up for a few days. I'm fine now.
"I have to be like an athlete to do what I do, but the long tours can get tough. We've had to take a couple of songs down a key to get them more in my range. I've started singing lessons, which I haven't done in probably 20 years as an aim to give the voice more endurance and to be able to hit the high notes without destroying my throat, but I do love a good rasp... There's something in the struggle that is very human.
"I also use Chinese herbs to keep my throat open... and I do yoga to keep myself healthy."
British rockers James were quietly hoping English soccer officials would ask them to record the team's 2014 World Cup anthem after their songs Come Home and Sit Down hit the top of a new poll of unofficial terrace tunes. The band even included a soccer-themed song, name-checking singer Tim Booth's sports hero Lionel Messi, on its new album, La Petit Mort, but the Football Association executives opted not to record an official anthem this year (14).
Booth tells WENN, "We were hoping Curse Curse might get picked up, but it didn't. We thought we were in with a chance because Come Home was just voted the best soccer anthem to ever come out of Manchester (England), and Sit Down is sung at many clubs."
But Booth admits it's perhaps just as well James didn't get asked to create a soccer song - because he tried it once before with terrible results: "We tried very badly around (album) Laid, I changed the lyrics to a song and it was just appalling."
And the singer, who grew up an ardent Leeds United fan, reveals he's not a big fan of English soccer: "I tend to watch Barcelona now. I love Messi.
"I wanted Argentina to win the World Cup and I wanted Messi to score and be hailed the best player in the world. Once the Germans scored in extra time in the final, I turned off. I was out of that game."
British rockers James have created alternative versions of new songs on their set lists for upcoming shows just in case the tunes about the death of frontman Tim Booth's mother and best friend prove too much for the star onstage. The Laid singer felt compelled to write new tracks All I'm Saying and Moving On after the double tragedy and he tells WENN he's never sure how he'll cope with the emotions the songs stir up until he's actually singing them.
And after he burst into tears during a recent gig in Leeds, England, his bandmates have come up with alternative versions of the songs to allow the frontman to "gather" himself at gigs.
He says, "Grief comes in waves and there are times when you're suddenly like a blubbering fool. We play it as a band where it's open-ended; they're ready for when I'm not able to sing a song like All I'm Saying, and they can go round it a few times while I gather myself. That happens now and again."
Booth reveals the song was written after his late friend visited him in a dream weeks after her death, adding, "It was so vivid. It was like she was there.
"I didn't make it to her when she died; I flew to New York but it was too late - and that just devastated me. I didn't get to clear something with her... That woke me up in a certain way.
"I don't want to waste time now. Once you lose friends or loved ones to death, you go, 'S**t! Don't f**k around. Don't wait to kiss a person you love, don't wait to tell them you love them'."
The singer admits his mother's passing in 2012 was a much more "beautiful" affair: "She was 90 and she died in my arms and she was surrounded by loved ones and she wanted to go. It was really quite beautiful.
"I got to sing to her for days and then cuddle up to her and sleep with her the night before she died. It was amazing. Yes, there were tears, but it felt like a birth."
Both songs appear on the group's new album La Petit Mort.
Keane rocker Tim Rice-Oxley been banned from the roads for two years for drink-driving. The keyboardist, 38, was arrested in East Sussex, England in April (14) when a roadside breath test revealed he was almost three times over the drink-drive limit.
Rice-Oxley appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court earlier this month (Jul14) and pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was banned from the roads for 24 months and fined $1,275 (£750). He was also ordered to pay court costs of $145 (£85) and a victim surcharge of $128 (£75).
The driving ban can be reduced by 24 weeks if he successfully completes a road safety course.
Yes, you did indeed read that right: Fox is working on a movie adaptation of the 1970s children’s book series Choose Your Own Adventure. However, other than the production studio and the director — Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed 2013’s We’re the Millers — not much is known about this film adaptation.
There are many ways a Choose Your Own Adventure movie could go. Multiple versions of the film could be shot and sent out to theaters — similar to the way Clue had three different endings. Or the Choose Your Own Adventure film could follow in the footsteps of the Jack Black Goosbumps movie: instead of sticking to the plot of one of the books, it could focus on the creator, Edward Packard. Or a Jumanji type movie where Packard’s creations come to life could be really cool if done well.
What we’d like to see from a Choose Your Own Adventure movie is an element of interactivity, since that was the whole point of the series. Sure, you mostly ended up dying a horrible death in a deep, dark cave or at the hands of some terrible aliens, but the fun part was that you got to make your own choices. Of course, interactivity will be hard to pull off in a theatrical release and would work better on a gaming system.
Although a Choose Your Own Adventure film could be really awesome and nostalgic — especially since so many people grew up with the books — it will take the right team. Hopefully with Thurber as director, they’ll be able to make something really cool, rather than a movie trying to cash in on our nostalgia.
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For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.