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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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"He told me I'm his second-favourite singer. Michael Jackson is first - and then mommy. He's always around the house making little videos of himself doing Michael Jackson moves. I was telling him recently that, 'You know, you were in my tummy when I sang at his memorial'. And he was like, 'Really? Wow!'" Singer Jennifer Hudson's son David is a big Michael Jackson fan.
Actress/singer Lucy Hale has gone public with her new romance after she was photographed holding hands with Lawson boy band star Adam Pitts in Los Angeles over the weekend (13-14Sep14). The Pretty Little Liars star, 25, was spotted with the 23-year-old drummer on Saturday (13Sep14) as they ran errands, while wearing matching all-black outfits and dark sunglasses.
The stars had previously sparked rumours they were dating after sharing images of one another on their Instagram.com pages in recent weeks, but the weekend outing marks the first time the couple has put on a public display of affection.
Pitts isn't Hale's only famous beau - she has also dated actors Chris Zylka and David Henrie, and she split from country singer Joel Crouse in June (14).
Never before The Guest has a film so accurately reproduced that feeling you got upon entering a popular upperclassman’s Halloween-themed red cup party. That combination of bated excitement, casual danger, and vaguely sexual panache is eminent from minute one in the fun, “retro” thriller, once Dan Stevens (himself a package of excitement, danger, and sexual panache altogether) pays a visit to the average suburban Petersons, revealing himself to be an army buddy of their deceased eldest son.
The fact that there’s more to Stevens’ David than meets the eye should be evident from the second the film opens. Making no bones about keeping its secrets close to the chest, The Guest allows itself to have as much fun with the “mysterious stranger” gambit as possible. That we are brought to realize over and over how little we know about David, and how far we may be from figuring out The Guest’s puzzle, is what makes it such a delight to watch. In short, we never quite know what David is going to do next, and it’s always fun to watch him do it.
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Of course, the fun is ours alone, as the Peterson’s 20-or-so-year-old daughter Anna (Maika Monroe) is charged to unearth the true intentions of her family’s houseguest. Steady tension (the affable kind) builds to ribald chaos (still relatively affable) and ultimately unbridled dementia (despite its subject matter, this movie never wants to assault or alienate, and really never does) as Anna, David, the Petersons, the neighborhood do-nothings, and a few other unexpected parties find themselves ensnared in a maniacal and yet somewhat whimsical game of “What the hell is going on and how do we stop it?”
If The Guest really suffers from anything it is from its simplicity. The movie is fun, articulate, and charismatic, but ultimately gets done everything it has to between titles and credits. Like David, The Guest is a supreme soldier: concerned with doing its job as meticulously as possible and deigning not to cross the appropriate margins thereof. As such, the flick might not stay too long with any of us after it's over and done with, but it proves all the while to be a fun, evocative good time. So, pretty much exactly like all those high school Halloween parties... or high school in general.
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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz has fuelled speculation she's dating David Beckham's son Brooklyn by gushing about his love of soccer in a new interview.
The Carrie star opens up about her relationship with the teenager in the new issue of Teen Vogue, revealing she admires Beckham's determination to become a sports great.
She says, "What I find really interesting about Brooklyn, and what I really love about that kid, is that he is passionate about what he wants, which is to be a pro soccer star. He's very serious about it. And I enjoy someone who is on my level with the seriousness kind of thing."
But the young actress admits dating with four older brothers looking out for her can be a little daunting for any prospective suitor: "My brothers will follow them on Instagram and Twitter."
Britney Spears' mother is urging the pop superstar to move on from her latest break-up by dating several suitors at once.
The Toxic hitmaker ended her relationship with David Lucado, her boyfriend of 18 months, in August (14), amid allegations of his infidelity and the singer reveals her mom, Lynne, is eager for her to have a little fun while she splits her time between her concert residency in Las Vegas and her home in Los Angeles.
Spears, who ended her engagement to agent Jason Trawick in early 2013, insists she is doing "OK" following the recent love split because "everything happens for a reason". And the 32 year old admits she is starting to warm to her mom's advice. She says, "(Single life in Vegas) is mindblowing. My mom's like, 'You need to date three or four guys at one time and just have a lot of fun'. And I was like, 'We're not that old school (traditional) anymore, I guess I could try to do that!'."
Meanwhile, comedian Jimmy Fallon has given Spears a little help in finding love again by signing her up to online dating app Tinder. The singer made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (09Sep14) and, during her visit, the TV host revealed he had created a Tinder profile for Spears, with her permission.
However, Spears pretended she wasn't exactly excited to be featured on the app, sarcastically commenting, "Oh yeah, I'm thrilled!"
She then joined Fallon to take part in a funny sketch titled the Pros and Cons of Dating Britney Spears, revealing she loves nothing better than snuggling in bed and watching TV.
Neil Patrick Harris' son Gideon shunned his role as ring bearer at the actor's wedding to David Burtka in favour of becoming an "orange boy". The How I Met Your Mother star and his partner Burtka wed in a castle in Perugia, Italy over the weekend (06-07Sep14) and they decided to give their three-year-old twins special roles in the ceremony.
However, Gideon was not happy holding the rings and instead chose to hand out oranges to guests at the nuptials.
Sharing the news with viewers on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday (08Sep14), TV presenter Kelly Ripa, who was a guest at the event, explained, "(Daughter) Harper was going to be the flower girl and Gideon was going to be the ring bearer, and he said, 'I don't want to be the ring bearer!' And they said, 'OK, well, what do you want to be?' And he said, 'I want to be the orange boy.' And he passed out oranges to everybody as he came down the aisle...!
"He came up with it (the role) on his own. He had his little tux and his top hat and he was passing out oranges."
Ripa continued, "Later on, during the night, we were dancing (and) I said to him, 'Look, Gideon, I saved your orange because I'm going to keep it forever.' And he goes, 'Oh, you shouldn't! It's so delicious!'"
Ripa went on to reveal the "beautiful family affair" also included magic tricks, fireworks and a special toast from close friends Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, who acknowledged the progress made in the global fight for equal rights for lesbian and gay couples.
She added, "(They) got up and said, 'You know, many, many years ago, this would not be possible. We're so thankful and grateful to everybody for supporting us and our families, and how our children (John and Furnish's sons and Harris and Burtka's kids) have each other to sort of look to each other as another example of a family like ours and how the definition of a family is changing, always.'"
Elton also thrilled guests by performing during the reception.
Actor Viggo Mortensen put his linguistic skills to the test in new movie Far From Men by learning French and Arabic for the project. The Lord of the Rings star, whose father is Danish, has previously showed off his vast knowledge of foreign languages by speaking Danish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and German on film, but he pushed himself a little further for the upcoming French-language drama by picking up phrases in Arabic to accurately portray Daru, a former soldier-turned-schoolteacher caught up in Algeria's war of independence.
Mortensen admits practising his French and Arabic onscreen in director David Oelhoffen's movie was part of the appeal of the project.
He tells the Associated Press, "You only can improve if you're challenged. You either learn or you fail."
The actor also went out of his way to find good tutors to help him perfect the accents.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "For Daru, it was important for him to speak French with an accent that would be particular to this guy from this part of Algeria and an Arabic that was correct. I worked hard on that. The French took a little longer just to make sure it was right...
"I think I worked (on the accents) a lot. I worked for months and in Spain, where I live, I found someone who was from North Africa, and he helped me a lot. I looked at the whole script, and I made sure I could say it all in Arabic and made sure it was Arabic from that region."
Mortensen's efforts appear to have paid off - Far From Men, also known as Loin des hommes, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday (30Aug14) to generally positive reviews.
Britney Spears has spent more than $30,000 (£17,647) on her two dogs over the last year, according to court documents.
The Toxic star paid $8,212 (£4,831) for a Yorkshire Terrier and $5,568 (£3,275) for a white Maltese last year (13), and she went on to splash out $1,585 (£932) on clothes for her pampered pooches.
Court documents filed as part of Spears' conservatorship case, and obtained by TMZ.com, also show she spent another $5,205 (£3,062) on care for the dogs, as well as other expenses such as food, bringing the total expenditure on the animals to more than $30,000.
Sir Elton John has reportedly helped to ensure the safe passage of a boy he once attempted to adopt and his family from the conflict in Ukraine. The rocker and his partner David Furnish came close to adopting little Lev Ageyev, now six, when he was a baby back in 2009, but local laws restricted the gay couple from making the dream a reality.
Elton never lost touch with Lev and his grandmother, Yulia, and now socialite Olena Franchuk, a friend of the British star, has told media outlets that Lev and his brother Artyom, seven, and their grandmother escaped the conflict in their homeland over the weekend (30-31Aug14) - and the Rocket Man singer was their saviour.
The singer’s representative has declined to comment on the story.