Actress Teresa Palmer celebrated the impending birth of her first child by hosting a star-studded baby shower on Sunday (15Dec13). The Warm Bodies star is expecting a tot with fiance Mark Webber and she marked the happy occasion at Los Angeles' Red O Restaurant with famous friends including Jaime King and her filmmaker husband, Kyle Newman, and fellow actress Bella Heathcote.
After the party, the mother-to-be took to Twitter.com to express her gratitude to her pals for such a "beautiful day".
Palmer and Webber became engaged in July (13) and announced their baby news in August (13).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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The season 4 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills opened with less of a bang and more of a pmmmfff, despite a half-naked teenager, the introduction of a witch and a floppy, dangling d**k.
So we saw a little more of the same, only with less drama and the introduction of two bland new characters: a mild mannered Brit and a Puerto Rican pageant queen.
The highlight came upon learning Carlton’s children’s names: Cross, Mystery and Destiny. Though Carlton’s naming choices may be shaky, she isn’t completely unlikable.
Meanwhile in the veteran’s corner, Kyle drifted into the boring shades of “I-don’t-care land” when her drama/life dilemma was joining the Chamber of Commerce and fighting the impulse to shop at her own store. Hold me down, I'm not sure I can take the thrills.
One could easily drift off during Kim’s boring and half-baked attempt to show the audience that her life is truly “normal” with her dog. When will people realize that if we wanted to see normal people's lives, we'd just eavesdrop under our neighbors' windows?
In more interesting news, Lisa’s fiery appeal is back – she's not moping around this season. Which is how we like to see her, on her feet and throwing passive aggressive digs at those that may have less honesty to share. Brandi was right there with her when she so politely asked Scheana “What is wrong with your tooth?” but really meant, “Go away you husband-f***king wh**e."
And finally, perfect Yolanda shows some imperfection as she struggles with Lyme Disease (nothing compared to Scheana’s oral surgery, we’re sure - unnecessary cameo). Who couldn’t root for Yolanda to get back on her perfect feet again? Surely there is no realer housewife than the one that cooks her husband dinner and serves it on the side of a cliff in her own back yard, who walks in stilettos, rides horses, designs her own home, eats green sludge for breakfast, maintains 0% body fat, works out religiously, raises 3 children and earned her living long before her man.
Stick with it: we’re sure the drama will return soon enough.
A teen drama is nothing without a Prom episode or two. But what about Prom's younger sister, the Homecoming dance? Homecoming may be lower profile, but it's just as traumatic. Maybe you were stressed by the the school year's first mad dash for dates; the big game; or the invasion of alumni with nothing better to do. Or maybe you were the Homecoming King or Queen, in which case you were probably too social to be sitting at home obsessing over every episode Dawson's and Buffy. And isn't that the real tragedy? Here's what you missed.
Dawson's Creek — "The Dance"
"What kind of high school memories will you have if all you did in high school was bitch and moan about everything?," Andie asks. "Bitching memories," says Joey. "Moaning memories," says Dawson. And no wonder, since every high school milestone on this show involved some kind of overwrought drama. In this season two episode, Dawson's learns a couple of uncomfortable truths the night of the Homecoming dance. First, that his weirdly, overtly sexual parents are separating; and second, that Joey and a still in-the-closet Jack like, totally made out. Good luck with that, Jo.
Friday Night Lights — "Homecoming"
Of course, the Homecoming episode of the mostly perfect football drama focuses more on the game than the dance. Paralyzed QB Jason Street returns to the stadium for the first time since his accident and leads his team onto the field. Tyra and Billy make a business deal and a tidy profit from planning a post-game kegger. And, after his poor performance in front of a college scout, Smash decides to juice, setting the stage for one hell of a Kyle Chandler lecture down the road.
Vampire Diaries — "Homecoming"
High school dances are full of heartbreak, but only on Vampire Diaries will you see someone's heart literally being pulled out of his chest. It's a showdown with Klaus to a soundtrack by guest starring band My Morning Jacket on the mid-season finale of season three.
Roseanne — "Homecoming"
No frou-frou dresses or weepy teen heart-to-hearts here. Dan hosts a 20th anniversary party for his football team and begs his family to be on their best behavior. Roseanne ignores this request completely and sets her sights on breaking up Becky and Mark.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer — "Homecoming"
At their last Homecoming, Buffy and Cordelia go head to head for Homecoming Queen. The feuding frenemies end up sharing a limo, but are waylaid by Slayerfest '98 competitors, who are in a race to off Buffy and Faith, for whom they mistake Cordelia. They escape with their lives and make it to the dance just in time to find out that they both lost.
Actress Jaime King has become a first-time mother after giving birth over the weekend (04-06Oct13). The Bulletproof Of Monk star's filmmaker husband Kyle Newman broke the news by posting a picture of the baby's hand on his Instagram.com page.
In a post alongside the snap, Newman writes, "Nice to meet you! FATHER I'M A DAD BABY TIME Jaime King is doing amazing! The most incredible feeling."
The baby's gender had not been revealed as WENN went to press.
Expectant actress Jaime King marked the impending arrival of her first child by throwing a Star Wars-themed baby shower on Saturday (17Aug13). Hollywood stars Selma Blair and Jessica Alba were in attendance, as were King's Hart of Dixie co-stars Rachel Bilson and Wilson Bethel, as well as fellow mother-to-be Teresa Palmer and her fiance Mark Webber.
King's husband Kyle Newman tweeted a picture of the couple's Star Wars cake, which featured the caption "May the force be with baby Newman," and depicted the parents-to-be as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
After the bash, held at Soho House in Los Angeles, King took to her Twitter.com page to share snaps of her smiling guests, writing, "Best baby shower ever! Thanks to all."
Pregnant actress Jaime King and Glee actor Chris Colfer were among the stars who gathered at George Lucas' California ranch on Tuesday (09Jul13) to kick-off a charity relay race. The Sin City beauty and her husband Kyle Newman wore Star Wars inspired T-shirts for the Course of the Force run, while Colfer completed his dash with a Chewbacca-style puppet strapped to his back.
Model/TV star Adrianne Curry and actor Alexis Denisof also took part in the first day of the 500-mile (804-kilometre) run, which is staged to celebrate the sci-fi franchise ahead of San Diego's annual Comic-Con International convention and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organisation which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In a post on his Twitter.com page after the run, Colfer told fans, "So excited to have been a part of the Course Of The Force relay for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!"
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her first child. The Bulletproof Monk star, 34, and her filmmaker husband Kyle Newman will welcome their bundle of joy later this year (13), her representative reveals to People.com.
The couple wed in 2007.
We imagine that if J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof could go back in time, they'd rethink sending their Lost characters back in time. At the very least, they'd have to really reconfigure the continuum-bending journey upon which Sawyer, Hurley, and the shrill Australian anthropologist were thrust. As monumentally life-affirming as Lost was, it did have an Achilles heel: its time-travel arc. The island series went a little too bold with its flashes of bright light and its babbling Farradays. But now, Abrams has a chance to make up for this lapse in quality: he's in talks to develop a new time travel series, adapted from Stephen King's novel 11/22/63.
The story in the 2011 King book plants a modern day high school teacher back five years prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, arming him with knowledge of history and every intention of stopping the murder from taking place. Entertainment Weekly reports that Abrams and his company Bad Robot are looking to handle the project alongside Warner Bros. TV.
The time-travel elements of the King story seem to be somewhat more straight-forward than Lost's mid-series excursion back to the early days of the Dharma Initiative, with English teacher Jake Epping arriving in 1958 via a time portal in the pantry of a Maine diner, making the trip back and forth a number of times in order to rectify the various mistakes he makes and ultimately result in an ideal, Kennedy-laden future.
On Lost, there were a handful of additional elements in the time travel equation... ones that Abrams might want to do without for 11/22/63.
The Uncontrollable JumpsTime travel is complex enough without it going haywire and throwing its victims all over linear history.
The Sending of Premonitions to the Younger Versions of People You LoveWhen Daniel Farraday laid waste to his reverence for the space time continuum in order to offer young Charlotte ominous warnings, it just kind of made him seem like a creep.
The Parallel TimelinesDon't get me wrong — when done well, parallel timelines can work wonders as a science fiction story device. But if even slightly off kilter, the entire ordeal crumbles and melts, making this string of episodes among the most painful in Lost's run.
The Revelation That Everyone Is Everyone Else's DadOn Lost, time travel meant island history lessons. We learned that Pierre Chang was Miles Straume's dad. Horace Goodspeed was Ethan Rom's dad. Roger Workman was Benjamin Linus' dad. Whole lotta secret dads. Let's keep that to a minimum here.
The NosebleedsKind of an overplayed symptom of science fiction elements gone awry, isn't it?
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