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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Superman is coming to the aid of the cash-strapped citizens Detroit - a large portion of Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel will be filmed in the city thanks to a large filming break. Officials at the Michigan Film Office have announced director Snyder and his producers have been awarded an incentive of $35 million (GBP23.3 million) to shoot in the state in return for employing local workers.
Filming will largely take place in Detroit early next year (14).
The news comes six weeks after city officials filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.
The producers hope to hire over Michigan workers, 500 local vendors and spend $5.1 million (GBP3.4 million) on hotels for cast and crew.
Snyder says, "Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie."
The sequel will feature Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, while Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman last week (ends23Aug13).
Steven Moffat, the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock, has long been criticized for his sexism, a flaw that has recently come into light with his decision to make the next doctor a man. Again. It seems that as a writer for shows that he often describes as intelligent and intellectual, he should be careful, or at least somewhat knowledgeable, about women’s rights. Instead, he continues to write female characters whose only positive characteristics are that they're "feisty" and "sexy" and discusses women’s issues as though all women are either out to get him, or eager to "shag" him. Here are a few of his musings on women, from how gross they are when they’re pregnant to their inherent and unavoidable neediness.
Moffat is proud of his sexual conquests and his ability to craft disgusting metaphors:"Between the marriages, I shagged my way round television studios like a mechanical digger."
And what is marriage besides the sacrifice of a minimalist bachelor pad?"When I met [his wife] Sue I was living in a fabulous, minimalist bachelor pad in Glasgow. I moved down to London to be with her and before I knew it I was living in a massively feminised house where shoes were left all over the place and every surface was covered with cushions and vases."
Moffat thinks kids are OK (if a bit stinky), but why did his wife have to get so huge?"Your wife turns into a boat, and shortly after that, you never sleep again and you clean shit off someone. It doesn’t seem like a very appealing prospect. Obviously, the moment I saw my child, that was different, but up until that point, I was thinking, ‘how long before she gets back to normal size? Will this damage anything?’"
And frankly it was all just pretty gross, right boys?"If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most men are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience."
On casting Karen Gillan as "Doctor Who" companion Amy Pond:"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy’...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
When criticized for using generic female tropes, Moffat would like to point out that at least they were all sexy:"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair."
Moffat defends his choice not to cast a woman as the doctor:"It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women ... saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’"
He then changes his defense and disses Helen Mirren:"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man."
Acclaimed gender scholar Moffat lays the truth down for the unenlightened (and the unenlightened are women):"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
And then laments the plight of the middle-class man:"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
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Moviemaker Lee Daniels will be throwing himself into his Janis Joplin biopic project as soon as he's completed promotional duties for his hit new film The Butler. The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for the past decade and now Daniels is determined to get started on it with his leading lady Amy Adams after studying tragic singer Joplin.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is my next project for sure. I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart - intellectual, even."
And he's convinced he's got the right leading lady to portray the boozy blues singer, in Adams.
Daniels adds, "She can sing her a** off."
The Wanted singer Nathan Sykes is dating Ariana Grande after they grew close recording a duet together, according to a U.S. report. The pop star and the Victorious actress teamed up in a studio for a version of Almost Is Never Enough, which features on the soundtrack for new action movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
They grew close during the collaboration and are now officially dating, according to editors at UsWeekly magazine.
A source tells the publication, "It's very, very new," and another insider adds, "Nate sends her flowers every day."
Grande reportedly split from YouTube prankster/comedian Jai Brooks earlier this year (13), and Sykes was last known to be dating Amy Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.
Troubled British rocker Pete Doherty is sleeping at the thrift store he has opened in London to sell off his junk. The former The Libertines star launched the shop in the Camden area of the city earlier this month (Aug13) to sell a bizarre range of memorabilia including antique storage tins, vintage clocks, lamps, jewellery, and bottles with a handwritten message stuffed inside.
The singer/songwriter is even spending time working as a sales assistant at the store - titled Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection - and now it has emerged he has also spent several nights sleeping there.
A journalist from Noisey.vice.com witnessed Doherty, who is based in Paris, France, asleep with his head on a typewriter at the shop earlier this month, and now the star's business partner, Suzi Martin, has revealed he sometimes stays overnight at the property.
She tells NME.com, "He locked himself in the other night to decorate a wall. He drops in and out between preparations for his tour and painting for his exhibition later on in the month."
Martin also denied reports suggesting the singer is selling cigarette butts smoked by stars including Amy Winehouse, adding, "(It's a) joke that has gotten out of hand. We don't sell cigarette butts. There are ashtrays all over the shop with (Doherty's) cigarettes in. It's like, if people want to pay 200 quid (pounds) for that, we're not going to say no, but we're not selling them."
One of Britain's leading Amy Winehouse impersonators is to perform for the tragic singer's parents at a fundraising event to mark the star's 30th birthday next month (Sep13). A special evening, in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, will be held at a venue in Hampshire, England and the star attraction will be Laura Butler, who has received critical acclaim across Europe for her tribute act in honour of the Back to Black hitmaker.
Winehouse's parents Mitch and Janis will attend the event, dubbed Amy Winehouse's 30th Birthday Bash, on 13 September (13).
Winehouse died aged 27 from alcohol poisoning on 23 July, 2011.
British rocker Pete Doherty has set up a shop in London to sell off his personal items and memorabilia from his bands Babyshambles and The Libertines. The singer is working as a sales assistant in the store, which has opened in the U.K. capital's Camden area.
Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection is filled with a collection of bizarre items including the butts of cigarettes smoked by famous pals including Doherty's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and late singer Amy Winehouse.
A journalist from Noisey.vice.com reports, "There's enough Libertines, Babyshambles and Doherty memorabilia in there to fill a ballroom... I asked him (Doherty) where it's all come from. He shrugged and said 'I've brought it all out of storage, these are just the things that I wanted to sell'... It sells almost nothing of worth, for prices that are extraordinary. There are cigarette butts for £100 and wrapping paper for double that."
Doherty first discussed the shop with journalists from NME earlier this year (13), saying, "I've got fag (cigarette) butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (soccer star) sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t, basically."
Comedian Will Arnett has reportedly embarked on a new romance with Billy Joel's ex-wife Katie Lee. The Despicable Me star split from his actress wife Amy Poehler last year (Sep12), and in April (13), he admitted he was not yet ready to start dating again as he was still coming to terms with the end of his nine-year marriage.
He told Details magazine, "I'm not officially dating. I don't really know what to do. Do you put an announcement in the trades (papers)? I'm dating! It all seems very scary to me, to be honest. So I'm kind of keeping pretty close counsel right now."
However, it appears Arnett has since had a change of heart and he began a relationship with celebrity chef Lee this summer (13), according to Eonline.com.
Lee was married to the legendary rocker for five years before parting ways in 2009.
Arnett isn't the only one moving on - Poehler is now dating fellow funnyman Nick Kroll.
Here at Hollywood.com, we're not Katy Kats or Little Monsters. We're just fans of celebrities and music. With that said, we are not going to add to the vitriol and pit Katy Perry and Lady Gaga against each other. They are both equally talented, smart, beautiful, and savvy women that put on a great live show and release fun pop music, and we respect that. And to be perfectly honest, we'd give up our liver and probably an arm to be either of them for two seconds, so there's no hate in this post. We're alumni of the Tina and Amy School of Women in Entertainment, not a group of middle school girls scalping each other over boys or popularity. We're here to support, not tear down.
While both "Applause" and "Roar" are simple, mind-numbingly repetitive (I gave up trying how many times Katy Perry sings "roar" — it's at least twice as much as Lady Gaga says "applause," and I just can't handle it), and nothing earth-shatteringly new. Neither is better (or worse) than the other. Both songs are perfect to jam out to while driving or staying motivated at the gym. Both singles have one word titles from albums with one word titles. The two songs are even similar in how they make the listener feel: the music pumps you and and is empowering. Also, both of these women are using the back and forth between their dedicated and intense fan-bases to drum up publicity for themselves to the point that they have each ranked among the most popular topics in pop culture, and are likely laughing at all of this over tea or Bellinis with Anna Wintour somewhere. This circus will likely result in several hundred thousands of digital downloads for the women in the first week alone of each album's opening.
So what if fans or critics chose "Roar" over "Applause"? Or ARTPOP over Prism? This isn't math class. There's no right answer to the question of what song or which singer is better. You can like one better, but don't threaten to light a rival fan on fire or harass them on Facebook (Mother Monster said not to, guys). The Haus of Gaga is churning out music and merchandise at the same speed and quality as Katy Perry (who, presumably, gets the job done while wearing lots of velour and scarves alongside John Mayer and her cats). These ladies are probably friends. If not, well, they should be. Can we avoid another Britney-Christina situation and actually just support each other for a change? I'm pretty sure even Whitney and Mariah were buddies. There's room on Billboard's Hot 100 for both of them. As of 9 AM on Tuesday, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga occupied the first and second spots on iTunes (respectively), passing Robin Thicke, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake.
Let's remember that there's that special place in hell for women who don't help each other out. And if you're paying attention, both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry come out winners because all of this "competition" is just a lot of media hoopla to get these artists at the top of the charts. Both songs are fun to sing and dance along to, both are equally cheesey pop nouveau classics, and both are already on my iPod.
So please, stop threatening to light me on fire, and remember, we're all on the same team here.
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