When it comes to romance, nobody's smoother than John Stamos. He made everyone swoon as the guitar-playing, child-rearing Jesse Katsopolis on Full House, he sang and danced his way into their hearts in Bye Bye Birdie, and he probably beat everyone out for Prom King in high school. He can even make yogurt seem attractive. Such is the power of Stamos. If you're looking for a way to win over the hearts of millions, there's no better role model.
Which is exactly why the producers of My Man Is a Loser chose him to play the ultimate playboy-turned-marriage counselor. The film centers around Marty and Paul (Michael Rapaport and Bryan Callen, respectively), two family men who turn to Stamos' character, Mike, for guidance after their marriages start to fall apart. However, their plan to sweep their wives off their feet backfires, as Marty and Paul 2.0 might actually be worse than the original model. Turns out Mike still has a few lessons of his own to learn, and bartender Clarissa (Tika Sumpter) might be just the person to teach him.
In this exclusive clip from the film, Mike guides his buddies through the three Ls of communication - look, listen, and learn - by having them uphold a conversation with three strangers. Apparently it's his talent for paying attention, along with his jet black hair and winning smile, that helps Mike win over all the ladies. Although, if we're being honest, his tenure with Jesse and the Rippers probably helps.
My Man is a Loser will be released in theaters and on VOD on July 25.
Actor/singer John Barrowman has defended his controversial performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland where he took a stand for gay marriage by kissing a man on camera. The openly gay star made a public statement in front of a global audience of millions on Wednesday night (23Jul14) by planting a smooch on the lips of a male dancer during the show's opening number.
The kiss, which hit headlines around the world, took place during a segment dedicated to Gretna Green, a village in Scotland famous for hosting runaway weddings, and the two men were surrounded by pairs of male and female dancers with the women wearing bridal veils.
Barrowman has now revealed his stunt led to a volley of criticism on Twitter.com, and he has retweeted a number of the nasty comments on his own page.
In a series of posts on the social networking website, Barrowman hit back at his critics, writing, "I am retwtin (retweeting) the neg (negative) because I want u (sic) all to see how bitter and nasty and neg (sic) some people r (are)... I am so happy right now... I'm Scottish and u (sic) can never take that away no matter what your politics are. Bitterness makes u ugly and old very fast (sic)... happy... I don't care (what they are saying)."
Funnyman David Spade celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles this week (beg21Jul14). The comedian turned 50 on Tuesday (22Jul14) and was joined at the gathering that evening by Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman and Steve Martin, according to E! Online.
Spade was surprised with a special birthday video filled with messages from his celebrity pals, including Sir Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox, Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, Adam Sandler and his co-stars from TV shows Just Shoot Me! and Rules of Engagement.
A source source tells E! Online, "Most people did funny comedy bits or jokes, but some were also sincere and heartfelt."
Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina in September (14) and feature stars including Jack White, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The event takes place on 13 September (14).
Scottish stars Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle welcomed The Queen and the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow on Wednesday (23Jul14). Boyle sang Wings hit Mull of Kintyre as the monarch entered Celtic Park during the opening ceremony, while Stewart wore a silver suit as he performed his hit Rhythm Of My Heart.
The big event was opened by actors John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar, who hit the stage with a song written specially for the Games.
Singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald was also among the opening ceremony stars and Stewart returned to the stage to close the big gig with Can't Stop Me Now, just before The Queen declared the Games open.
Reports suggest Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony on 3 August (14).
Rapper Ja Rule is making a return to the big screen with a guest role in Tina Fey's new film The Nest.
The Always on Time hitmaker posted photos on Instagram.com on Tuesday (22Jul14) showing himself alongside Fey and co-star Amy Poehler on the set of their new comedy.
Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, is slated to play a "skilled rapper" during a party scene in the film, which centres on two sisters, played by Fey and Poehler, who decide to spend one last wild weekend in their childhood home before it goes on sale.
The role also reunites Rule with John Leguizamo, who co-starred with him in the 2005 film Assault on Precinct 13.
The hip-hop star has been busy rebuilding his career after he was released from prison in 2013 after serving a two-year stint for gun possession and tax evasion.
Britain's royal family has been thrust into a horseracing scandal - Queen Elizabeth II's filly Estimate has tested positive for morphine. The Queen's racing adviser, John Warren, has confirmed her five year old is one of five horses that recently failed a British Horseracing Authority drug test.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman says early indications suggest that Estimate consumed the substance as a result of contaminated feed.
Warren states, "Her Majesty has been informed of the situation."
Estimate finished second in this year's (14) Gold Cup.
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Since Gwendoline Christie joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII back in June, rumors have leaked that Brienne of Tarth will be going over to the Dark Side. According to Badass Digest, Christie will play an imperial Commander – specifically, the commanding officer who hunts down John Boyega’s character after he deserts his post. But as exciting as the idea of Christie playing the antagonist is, there’s a bit more to this rumor, as the site also posits that her role was originally written for a man.
Send your minds back several months, when casting announcements for the film were just a distant hope and every actor in Hollywood was reportedly in talks for the role. Around that time, Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the names being thrown around for a part, and as Badass Digest says, he was in talks to play an Imperial Officer. According to one of their sources, a major role in the film was re-written from male to female, all of which leads them to believe that Christie’s role is indeed the one that has been gender swapped.
It might just be a rumor, but it’s an exciting one, and outlets and fans have already shown support for director J.J. Abrams’ decision to make such a progressive change to the Star Wars universe. Casting a woman as an authoritative villain isn’t unheard of, but it is rare, and giving the role to someone like Christie over an actor like Cumberbatch is an interesting, unexpected twist on the typical sci-fi archetypes. It’s always a big deal when major blockbusters have better roles for female character than just being the films’ eye candy or damsel in distress, but to have Abrams make such a significant change to this particular universe also helps modernize things a bit. The original films might have had a strong female character in Leia, but she was the only prominent female character; by contrast, Episode VII seems to be lining up several complex, surprising roles for their actresses, including Lupita Nyong’o’s rumored Sith and Daisy Ridley’s alleged Jedi knight.
Whether we like it or not, roles like an Imperial Commander are generally thought of as male ones, and so casting Christie in such a role subverts the typical expectations that the role would be played by the standard “British white guy” that has become the go-to type for blockbuster villains. It opens the door for more women to take on roles like that, ones that we might subconsciously consider to be a manly character, which in turn opens the door for more Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi projects to diversify their cast lists a bit.
But even though we might automatically consider an Imperial Commander to be a man, it might not have be written that way in the first place. There’s nothing in the character description to suggest that it wasn’t a gender-neutral role all along. It’s entirely possible that the script has always called for a woman to play the part, especially since Cumberbatch was in talks for the film back when they were using a script from Michael Arndt. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have since taken over as writers, so it’s entirely possible that this Imperial Commander is a completely different one than the character that Cumberbatch was up for.
Still, even if the role was meant for Christie all along, it’s hard not to get excited about seeing such a talented actress get a prominent, compelling role. Her performance as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones has proven that she can be both compelling and compassionate, both of which will likely come into play in her Star Wars role. In fact, she might even be better suited to this role than Cumberbatch would have been, as she has a great deal of experience portraying a character that is often authoritative and intimidating. Whether or not the Imperial Commander role was written for her, it’s hard to imagine anyone, male or female, who could do a better job with it than Christie could.
Besides, if she’s half as good with a light saber as she is with a sword, she’ll have no trouble keeping the entire galaxy in line.
Unheard works from late composer Sir John Taverner are to be premiered at the BBC Proms to mark what would have been the music maestro's 70th birthday. Taverner, whose music was featured at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997, died in November (14), but his late works will be heard as part of a tribute, which will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
Gnosis and Requiem Fragments will receive their world premieres at the Royal Albert Hall in London during the upcoming Proms season.
Former Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless is returning to her action TV roots by joining the cast of Marvel's Agents Of S.h.i.e.l.d..
Lawless has been added to the cast of the superhero series for its upcoming second season, however her role has yet to be revealed.
The actress spent six seasons as the formidable female fighter, but her more recent roles include guest-starring spots on Parks and Recreation and Top of the Lake.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which kicks off its sophomore season in the U.S. on 23 September (14), is a spin-off based on Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson character from blockbuster Marvel movies including The Avengers and Iron Man.