The Rolling Stones' upcoming concert at the Circus Maximus in Rome, Italy this summer (14) has been condemned by a city official who fears the massive gig could damage the historic venue. The British rockers will perform at the ancient site in June (14) as part of their ongoing world tour.
However, it has now emerged that Rome's cultural superintendent Maria Rosaria Barbera opposed plans to stage the gig there amid fears a crowd of around 65,000 fans could hamper the work of archaeologists on the site.
In a culture ministry document, which has been published in the Italian press, Barbera writes of the concert, "This office does not consider it appropriate to set aside Circus Maximus for the concert for which the risks of protecting archaeological heritage are not only elevated but also difficult to predict... Such an influx (of people) might provoke acts of vandalism and movement of people towards the emerging monuments."
The planned gig won the backing of Federica Galloni, director general of the culture ministry, and the city's mayor Ignazio Marino, who branded the event "a dream".
Anna Faris Gains a Famous Mom: Mother/daughter relationships can be tough — but we're greatly looking forward to the one that forms the core relationship on the upcoming CBS sitcom Mom, since Allison Janney and Anna Faris are the duo in question. Janney's casting was officially announced today — she'll play Bonnie, whose daughter is struggling to maintain sobriety in Napa Valley, CA. Sounds like a nightmare. [Hollywood Reporter]
Smulders to Join S.H.I.E.L.D?: How I Met Your Mother may never end, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Cobie Smulders isn't open to joining Joss Whedon's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D project. Smulders, who plays agent Maria Hill in The Avengers franchise, told IAmRogue.com that there have been talks about her at least making cameos on the series... but she can't say much more. [TVLine]
Family Feud: NBC is following in the History Channel's footsteps with its new pilot, a modern-day take on the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The show will take place in Pittsburgh, when a sudden death re-ignites the fight between the dueling families. The History Channel's 2012 miniseries about the feud drew 14 million viewers for the network. [Entertainment Weekly]
Yuuuup! Storage Wars Bad Blood: According to A&E, former Storage Wars cast member Dave Hester's claims that the show is totally rigged are totally false. Hester filed a lawsuit in December alleging that the network planted memorabilia in storage lockers for the show, which could be illegal. However, in new legal papers A&E says Hester participated in the planting he's renouncing the network for. A&E wants Hester to prove his claims against the show — and since they say he can't, they want the lawsuit tossed. [THR]
Hunka hunka Burning Love: Internet-based Bachelor spoof Burning Love, from the mind of funnyman (and Children's Hospital star) Ken Marino, is branching out into a new medium: TV. The first season of the online series will air on E! beginning Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m., and will run as seven half-hour episodes. Season two of the series premieres online on Feb. 14. [EW]
Always the Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaids success continues for two alums of the comedy hit who have just landed new TV roles. Wendi McLendon-Covey will recur on Showtime's Masters of Sex (premiering in the fall) as a mentor to sex researcher Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). They're two of the only females in the boys' club that is their hospital. Meanwhile, erstwhile air marshal Ben Falcone will stir up trouble for Matthew Perry's therapy group in NBC's freshman sitcom Go On. He'll play a dinner party guest who disrupts Perry's plan to help one of his groupmates. [Deadline, THR]
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The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.