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Robin Williams' film career is set to continue despite his death at the age of 63 on Monday (11Aug14).
The Oscar-winning actor passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, and he left behind a very active film career, including four projects that are slated to hit the big screen soon.
Williams has two holiday films due for release later this year (14), including indie family comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas, co-starring Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, and Oliver Platt, and he also reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which is set to hit cinemas in December (14).
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In addition, he starred opposite Breaking Bad regular Bob Odenkirk in the drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year (14), and Williams also loaned his voice as the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, a live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, which is slated for release in 2015.
The comedian was also in talks to reprise his role as the beloved Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the hit 1993 film. Williams, along with director Christopher Columbus, had reportedly met with Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to polish off a second draft of the script, and they were likely to join the project if talks went well.
Columbus, a longtime friend of Williams, shared his own condolences on Monday, in a statement which reads, "We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation's greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. "His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.' "We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever."
Supermodel Kate Upton was reprimanded by her baseball star beau Justin Verlander for trying to cheer him up before a big game.
The 22-year-old Sports Illustrated model thought that she'd be a tonic for her glum boyfriend, who is the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, and so she started telling him jokes. She says, "He didn't tell me before, so he'd seem like he was in a bad mood before he pitched, so I'd be like, 'Joke, joke, joke, joke, joke,' trying to cheer him up. And then he got mad at me. He was like, 'Stop making me laugh! I'm trying to be angry'."
Upton admits the romance has led to problems at her beloved Yankees Stadium - and she has been told she cannot wear Tigers caps or gear there.
She explains, "I'm sleeping with the enemy... and the Yankees told me, 'You're not allowed to wear a Tigers hat. You're not allowed to wear any Tigers gear'. It's like a bad break-up."
Upton wore all white when she attended Verlander's Tigers game at Yankees Stadium last week (04Aug14).
Rapper Nicki Minaj has mysteriously pushed the release of her new single Anaconda back a week.
The Starships hitmaker was planning on unveiling her track on Monday (28Jul14), but fans will have to wait until 4 August (14) to hear her new music.
Taking to Instagram.com on Sunday (27Jul14), Minaj posted a photo of her controversial cover art for Anaconda and added the caption, "My darlingz (sic), I've pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu (sic)".
On Thursday (24Jul14), Minaj unveiled the cover for the single, which features the voluptuous star crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.
Since posting the shot, a number of critics have taken aim at her for showing too much skin, but she shot back with her own defence in a series of pictures posted on Instagram.
Minaj posted photos of Sports Illustrated cover girls including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, who are all prominently posing with tiny bikini bottoms and showing off their rear ends, along with a caption, "Acceptable".
She then reposted the Anaconda cover art and wrote, "Unacceptable".
Justin Bieber's habit for stripping off has reportedly landed him an endorsement deal for Calvin Klein underwear.
The Baby hitmaker has become known for showing off his branded boxer shorts in recent months by posting a number of 'selfies' online, and now sources tell DailyMail.co.uk he is set to be unveiled as a new spokesmodel for Calvin Klein by the end of 2014.
An insider says, "Justin has shot for Calvin Klein, we hope the results will be released later this year."
If the news is true, Bieber will join the likes of rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg and British supermodel Kate Moss, who have both previously posed for Calvin Klein underwear.
Dutch model Lara Stone fronts the brand's current advertisements.
Actress Laverne Cox is overjoyed after making Emmy Awards history on Thursday (10Jul14) by becoming the first openly transgender person to score a nomination for her role in comedy drama Orange Is The New Black.
The star, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the show, will compete for the title of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-workers Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting accolades when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 25 August (14).
Orange Is the New Black garnered a total of 12 nominations and Cox couldn't be more proud to be recognised for her efforts. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm on cloud nine. I'm through the roof. We're definitely part of a (cultural) moment."
"What a wonderful, wonderful day for Orange and for black trans-women. People are obsessed (with the show). Would you ever have thought a show about a women's prison would have this moment? It's unbelievable."
Cox's groundbreaking Emmy nod comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has landed another break on TV with a role on Criminal Minds, months after her latest show The Client List was axed.
The actress' turn as housewife-turned-erotic masseuse Riley Parks came to an end after two seasons following a fall-out with Lifetime TV executives in November (13), but the brunette beauty has bounced back after bosses at America's CBS network signed her up for a recurring role on its top crime drama.
Hewitt will play Kate Callahan, an undercover FBI agent who joins the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU). The series' executive producer Erica Messer says, "We're thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast. Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again."
"We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season."
The 35 year old is a small screen stalwart - she has previously enjoyed roles on Party of Five, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hot in Cleveland and Ghost Whisperer.
Revered moviemaker David Cronenberg has revealed he was offered the chance to direct one of the new Star Wars films but turned Disney executives down.
The Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises director tells The Hollywood Reporter he received a phone call from film bosses shortly after J.J. Abrams was named as the man behind Episode VII, asking him if he'd be interested in taking the reins of a future installment.
He recalls, "Instead of saying, 'Oh my God, yes!' I said, 'Well, you know, I don't really do other people's material'. I don't know how far it would have gone but it ended there."
Cronenberg tells the publication he also passed on the Total Recall remake, starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale, adding, "It's not in my nervous system to do something like that."
Len Wiseman took on the Total Recall project, while Rian Johnson is reportedly in talks to direct the next two Star Wars films in the franchise.
Fargo and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the TV world at Thursday night's (19Jun14) Critics' Choice Television Awards, scooping three prizes each.
The small screen revamp of the Oscar-winning crime film won the prize for Best Mini-Series, while its stars Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman were named Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, respectively.
Netflix's hit women's prison series was named Best Comedy Series at the ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, and Uzo Aduba earned the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series award, while her co-star Kate Mulgrew, tied for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Mom's Allison Janney.
Janney also picked up Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Masters of Sex. Upon receiving the trophy for Mom, Janney quipped, "Well this is the climax of my career. This is extraordinary. This has been an amazing year for me."
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons was named Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed Best Actress in a Comedy Series, while Andre Braugher took the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for police programme Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
In the drama categories, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series for a second consecutive year, and Aaron Paul picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role in the popular show. Also earning a back-to-back Best Actress win was Tatiana Maslany, who repeated her 2013 triumph for her multiple clone roles in sci-fi show Orphan Black.
Adding to his Oscar win earlier this year (14), Matthew McConaughey went home with the Best Actor honour for True Detective, while Bellamy Young earned Best Supporting Actress as the scheming First Lady on Scandal.
It was also a big night for TV titan Ryan Murphy, whose thriller American Horror Story: Coven earned Jessica Lange the Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series accolade, while his AIDS drama The Normal Heart won two prizes, including Best Movie or Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for Matt Bomer.
In addition, Jim Parsons presented his The Normal Heart director with the Louis XIII Genius Award in recognition of his contribution to television. Upon accepting the honour, Murphy recalled the slew of online criticism he received following the announcement of the award, and admitted he tried to back out as a result. He also shared a piece of advice, telling the audience, "The one genius rule I have made in my career is to surround yourself by people more talented than you and then take all the credit. The last part is actually not true."
The awards show was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and presenters included Colin Hanks, Angie Harmon, Diane Kruger, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate and Christian Slater.
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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The main question surrounding The Vampire Diaries' heartbreaking episode "Stand By Me" was not would you cry, it was when. Did your eyes well when Matt, confused and shocked, hugged Elena after hearing the news? Did Bonnie bursting into tears cause you to do the same? Was your breaking point when Elena pulled back the blanket from her brother's face and finally realized what had happened? Or were you somehow able to make it until Elena's devastating monologue about all the people she'd lost as she doused her house in lighter fluid? Maybe, if you had nerves of steel, you lasted until Matt sobbed alone in his truck (you heartless bastard).
Regardless, if "Stand By Me" didn't leave you in a puddle of emotion by the end, you probably weren't paying enough attention. Put down the iPad and try watching again.
Nina Dobrev gave her most powerful performance yet as an in-denial Elena who refused to accept the fact that Jeremy was for real dead, decomposing flesh and all. It took more than half of the episode — and Bonnie spouting nonsense — to realize that her little brother, and her last surviving family member, was gone. And it only happened when poor innocent April called. "Jeremy can't come to the phone right now ... he's dead." That's one way to tell someone about their friend's death.
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It was blunt, but it finally got Elena to snap out of it. She ran upstairs and saw her brother's lifeless face, finally realizing that he would never come back. Her unhinged monologue about all the loved ones she'd lost — told as she doused her living room in lighter fluid and bourbon (pouring one out for her homie, Alaric) — was the finest work Dobrev's done on the show, and watching her face as Damon told her to turn off her humanity was chilling. Elena's gone, y'all, and she's taking her house down with her.
Aside from Elena's tragic arc, watching Matt grieve his friend's death was the saddest part of the episode. Seeing someone privately grieve is one of the most intimate things you can experience, and watching Matt cry alone in his car was one of the human moments we've ever seen on the show. On a series with so much death, we don't often see the characters weigh the impact of loss. We see the aftermath, but we don't see their sadness. But this situation was different — we needed to see their sadness to realize the gravity of it all.
Speaking of upsetting, Bonnie's total delusion that she can not only bring Jeremy back but that she can lift the veil and eliminate the realm of the other side is just 100 percent bonkers. Why, after all this, would she trust Shane enough to do some weird spiritual triangle with him and Silas? She broke down in tears when she found out that Jeremy was dead. It was totally Shane's fault for leading them all on the hunt to the island, yet she still thought it was a great idea to facilitate Silas doing some weird body-jumping thing into Shane's body so he can brainwash Bonnie into some murdering.
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Now, the question: Is Shane dead? Is Bonnie taking orders from Silas? Or did Bonnie get brainwashed into killing Shane, thinking it was Silas? There's a lot of explaining to do in the next episode.
Although Elena and Matt were the MVPs of the night, Caroline definitely deserves an honorable mention for being so supportive of Elena (and so sad as she relayed the situation to Tyler via voicemail). Plus, she straight-up told Bonnie that she was bananas. Second honorable mentions go to Damon and Stefan, who both tried to help Elena grieve in their own ways while respecting each other's feelings.
But back to the Gilbert house in flames: The house being destroyed marks yet another new beginning for the show, which has evolved incredibly over the past nearly four years. We'll have a two-week hiatus to come to terms with Jeremy's loss (RIP Little Gilbert's arms, too) before we get a look at a turned-off Elena. (She kind of looks like fun, at least for an episode or two.) Hopefully we'll also watch how everyone else deals with Jeremy's death (and Elena's loss too, in a way), instead of just watching them worry about how to keep Elena safe/sane/happy/etc.
Your turn: What did you think of this heart-wrenching hour? How long did you last before bursting into tears? How long do you think it'll take to get used to the fact that Jeremy's gone? On an exciting note, Elena's journey throughout the rest of the season looks very different and extremely interesting, right?
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