Actor Neil Patrick Harris turned the air blue while responding to a heckler during his Broadway show. The How I Met Your Mother star appears as a transgender glam rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the cult musical written by John Cameron Mitchell.
During a recent performance one fan was unable to contain her love for the actor, interrupting the performance by shouting out, "I love you Neil!"
Unperturbed, Harris responded with a foul-mouthed retort, replying, "I'm doing something up here, motherf**ker!"
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six the actor's response was met with a round of applause from the audience.
Rob Lowe is nothing if not candid. In promoting his new book, Love Life (the follow-up to 2011's Stories I Only Tell My Friends), Lowe has been espousing his opinions on subjects as diverse as the relative merits of Justin Bieber and big government, as well as re-enacting his awkward kissing scenes with Jewel while shooting the short-lived TV show The Lyon's Den.
One other revelation that came out of the book — which largely features stories about his wife and sons — is that Lowe feels as though he's been typecast because of his good looks.
"I've been told, as I'm sure others have been countless times, that the way I look precludes me from playing a cop or a doctor or a regular guy," the actor told Fox News. “'A PTA father would never look like that!' Meanwhile I am a PTA father but I've never been precluded from playing an arrogant, rich prick. So what does that tell you?"
There is no denying that the former teen heartthrob and Brat Pack member was, is and probably always will be an extremely attractive man. His looks helped him overcome everything from a sex tape scandal (before that was fashionable) — something Lowe will parody with an appearance in this summer's Jason Segal-Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape — to one of the most reviled moments in Oscars' history when he sang a cringe-inducing duet with Snow White.
The reality is that all actors are typecast in some ways based on their looks. Film and television is a visual medium and there's no escaping the fact that a person's appearance plays a role in that. He might not be in the running for some of the roles that Paul Giamatti or Patton Oswalt might play, but they're not going to be in the running for a whole lot more roles that an actor with Lowe's physical gifts would be.
Still, Oswalt's Young Adult costar Charlize Theron has proven that being gorgeous doesn’t have to stop an actor from getting substantial roles. Her physical transformation for Monster was convincing enough that audiences were willing to put aside the fact that she was still more attractive than the real Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer on whose life it was based. The same was true for Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Men considered just as beautiful as Lowe like George Clooney and Matt Damon have also downplayed their inherent good looks for roles (Syriana and The Informant! come to mind).
In fact, it's easier for most actors to do that — slide into a better looking version of a "normal" person — than it is for actors like Giamatti or the late Philip Seymour Hoffman to be seen as leading men, no matter how talented they are as performers.
While it's true that Lowe earned his way in Hollywood by virtue of his matinee idol good looks, that doesn't mean that it has to continue to define him… just as it hasn't always defined Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. If he wants it to change, then he needs to continue taking roles like the creepy plastic surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Lowe has been around long enough that he knows the game and how to work around any stigma that might be attached to his being handsome. It's incumbent on him to fight for a role if he really wants to play it… even if it is just a PTA dad. That's the nature of Hollywood for all actors, not just the pretty ones. It's really hard to find a way that Lowe's looks have been a true hindrance to him, and when he's playing someone's ridiculously attractive grandfather in 15 years, we won't feel bad for him then either.
Prince has resigned with Warner Bros., the label he split from in 1996, after calling himself a "slave" to record bosses. The move 18 years ago prompted the Purple Rain hitmaker to embark on a career as a symbol after dropping his moniker, and he went on to release a series of albums independently.
But it appears he's keen to forgive and forget after landing a new deal that will include full ownership of his back catalogue and the re-release of his classic soundtrack album Purple Rain in time for the film's upcoming 30th anniversary in June (14).
Announcing the news in a statement on Friday (18Apr14), Prince says, "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros, Records and Eye (sic) are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."
Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang adds, "Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again. He is one of the world's biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces."
"Jason and I are, like, naked together. You don't wanna be with a dude that's a total skeebag. You have to be with somebody you trust. We really just had a great partnership." Cameron Diaz on being comfortable in provocative scenes with co-star Jason Segel in their upcoming film, Sex Tape. The two previously co-starred in 2011's Bad Teacher.
Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
Australian pop star Cody Simpson has become the latest celebrity to be booted off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The Pretty Brown Eyes singer and his professional partner Witney Carson failed to win over show judges and viewers with their samba, performed to the tunes of I Can't Wait to Be King from The Lion King, and they were shown the door after their elimination on Monday night (14Apr14).
Simpson admits he didn't expect to leave the competition so soon, but is excited to return to his pop career.
He tells Eonline.com, "I'm sad... mixed feelings. It's kind of like, one amazing experience is over, Witney and I are kind of sad about it, but at the same time, I can just get back to what I do... start working on the new album and move on to the next phase of my career."
And the 17 year old is planning to make full use of his new talents, adding, "I'm feeling as though now I can apply those things... to my own career, my own music."
Actress Elisha Cuthbert's ex-boyfriend, ice hockey player Sean Avery, and endurance swimmer Diana Nyad were the first two celebrities to be voted off season 18 shortly after its launch last month (Mar14), while Star Wars hero Billy Dee Williams was forced to pull out of the ballroom contest due to a chronic back problem.
Other stars still in competition include former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, former Wonder Years star Danica McKellar and funnyman-turned-game show host Drew Carey.
"I don't know if anyone is really naturally monogamous. We all have the same instincts as animals. But we live in a society where it's been ingrained in us to do these things." Actress Cameron Diaz has doubts about maintaining a relationship with just one significant other.
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It looks like you'll have to wait even longer for your return trip to Pandora. In a recent Reddit AMA, director James Cameron revealed that the scripts for the three Avatar sequels will be completed within the next six weeks, and that all three films will go into production simultaneously. In the AMA, Cameron opened up about his creative process, saying, "The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable." It's admirable that Cameron is taking the time to perfect the Avatar sequels, projects that are clearly special to him, but has he already taken too long to create them? The first sequel to 2009's Avatar is set to hit theaters in December of 2016, seven whole years after the first Avatar was released. Cameron may very well be crafting the next sci-fi masterpiece, but will people still care about the franchise two years from now?
Blockbuster filmmaking is often a game of timing; studios jostle each other for prime release date position from years out, and films are made at an assembly line pace. It’s all a necessary evil. The honest truth is that the average filmgoers are a fickle bunch, with memory leaking from their heads like a drippy faucet. Wait too long, and the next whiz-bang event movie can steal your thunder. Studios need to strike when the iron is hot, and Cameron has already waited five whole years to create the next Avatar film, a millennia in movie years. In contrast, it took less time for Sony to completely reboot the Spider-Man franchise. Unfortunately for Cameron, the iron might have already gone cold. We have our doubts that the sequels to the highest grossing film of all time will have the same game-changing affect as the first one.
The original Avatar was undiluted spectacle, a film that didn't have many big ideas rattling around its head but sure delivered on the big moments. Beyond just being pretty to gawk at, Avatar was a runaway success because it was the first film to really utilize modern 3D technology in a way that didn’t feel like a gimmick. It was a new technology, and going to see that film felt like standing on the cutting edge of something new in cinema... at least for a time anyway. It used the 3D technology to draw viewers into its world, and give the film’s vibrant visuals depth. It was a cool parlor trick, but circa five years later, and everyone else already has that same trick up their own sleeves. Just about every blockbuster under the sun is in 3D, and just like that, one of Avatar’s greatest strengths feels already like old hat. Moviegoers are already tiring of 3D, with percentage of 3D ticket sales slipping with each coming year. An Avatar sequel simply wont have the same spellbinding affect the first one did in 2009.
It also doesn't help that Avatar simply doesn't hold up all that well story-wise. The plot of Avatar is relatively generic. It's a sci-fi pastiche of other man vs. nature films, and it is often unfavorably compared to films like Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas. It's been a long time since 2009 and the spectacle has worn off for most. Public opinion of the film has also soured considerably, and beyond it's visual fidelity, it's not really a great piece of storytelling. At this point, the film probably gets more love showing off new Blu-Ray players or HDTVs, than being genuinely enjoyed for it's story.
With all that said, we're definitely not ringing the death knell for the Avatar franchise. James Cameron is a blockbuster mastermind, and when big even filmmaking can sometimes feel cynical and calculated, Cameron's films always feel like they're coming from a genuine and deeply felt desire to create something new. Each of his projects is full of ambition, so maybe the wait for the next Avatar will be well worth it. The coming sequels could very well rock the world the way Avatar did five years ago and Titanic did 12 years before that. Cameron is a man full of surprises, and maybe we shouldn't be doubting the director who created the two highest grossing movies of all time. Maybe this will be added to the cannon of James Cameron proving snarky film writers wrong. We sincerely hope it is.
Pregnant actress Drew Barrymore was joined by pals including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate the impending birth of her second child.
The Charlie's Angels star threw a baby shower at her Hollywood Hills home and was joined by around 50 guests. A source tells People.com, "Drew had a blast. (She) is so ready for this baby!" Barrymore and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, are expecting a sister for their 18-month-old daughter Olive. The couple wed in 2012.