This week was one that will go down in the history books. If you followed the news at all, then you know that California's Proposition 8 — the legislation that shot down the marriage equality law — went to the Supreme Court. While a decision has yet to be made on whether or not to uphold the amendment, the fact that the Supreme Court is now hearing arguments has the whole country talking, especially on Twitter.
Oh yeah, and before the Supreme Court hearings began, Tilda Swinton decided to take a nap in a glass box. It was a historic week, to say the least. In honor of that here are the...
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10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets of the Week:
1. Damien Fahey: "‘Gay marriage threatens the institution of marriage. Oh, don't forget to DVR The Bachelor.’ - 51% of America"
"Gay marriage threatens the institution of marriage. Oh, don't forget to DVR The Bachelor." - 51% of America
— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) March 27, 2013
2. Julie Klausner: "The lesson learned is that we have to think on our feet. At any moment, Tilda Swinton could just decide to nap in a box. We need to adapt."
The lesson learned is that we have to think on our feet. At any moment, Tilda Swinton could just decide to nap in a box. We need to adapt.
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 24, 2013
3. Mindy Kaling: "Lets not forget that before Helena Bonham Carter played a charismatic wretch in every movie she banged Brad Pitt & Ed Norton in Fight Club"
Lets not forget that before Helena Bonham Carter played a charismatic wretch in every movie she banged Brad Pitt & Ed Norton in Fight Club
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 26, 2013
4. Sam Grittner: "If you see white smoke after the Supreme Court's ruling, it means equality has temporarily lost but I did set Scalia & Thomas' cars on fire."
If you see white smoke after the Supreme Court's ruling, it means equality has temporarily lost but I did set Scalia & Thomas' cars on fire.
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) March 27, 2013
5. Paul Scheer: "God may have made Adam and Eve but Adam and Steve totally had better Dinner Parties."
God may have made Adam and Eve but Adam and Steve totally had better Dinner Parties.
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) March 27, 2013
6. Rob Delaney: "Whoa, Ted Nugent comes out in robust support of gay marriage: https://twitter.com/TedNugent/status/313461656913072128 …"
Whoa, Ted Nugent comes out in robust support of gay marriage: twitter.com/TedNugent/stat…
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 26, 2013
7. Seth Meyers: "Ocean's 14 pitch: The gang steals a sleeping Tilda Swinton. She wakes up and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!"
Ocean's 14 pitch:The gang steals a sleeping Tilda Swinton.She wakes up and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21) March 25, 2013
8. Michael Ian Black: "There should be a scene where Phil Spector accidentally drops a sheaf of illegible pages. A girl picks up those pages. Her name: Ke$ha
There should be a scene where Phil Spector accidentally drops a sheaf of illegible pages. A girl picks up those pages. Her name: Ke$ha
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 25, 2013
9. Eugene Mirman: "Just found out NBC is replacing Matt Lauer with falling autumn leaves because they have such a favorable Q rating."
Just found out NBC is replacing Matt Lauer with falling autumn leaves because they have such a favorable Q rating.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) March 25, 2013
10. Morgan Murphy: "I won't get married until my gay friends can get married, or until I can make a relationship last longer than 2 weeks."
I won't get married until my gay friends can get married, or until I can make a relationship last longer than 2 weeks.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) March 27, 2013
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As Robert Duvall once taught us, the role of godfather is "a very close, a very sacred religious relationship." This does not not only hold true for the Italian-American mafiosi to which Duvall was referring at the time, but for each and all who embrace the tradition. There is no greater honor — no Pulitzer Prize, med school diploma, or rare World's Greatest Mime accolade from Sheboygan, Wisc.'s impossibly selective street theater community (it's all politics now, anyway) — than being named godparent to the child of a close friend or relative. Adding to the list of things that make even their own reflections jealous, The Huffington Post reports that Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z have been handed the godparent titles for the unborn baby of friends Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. While the hearts of fans might be warmed by this news, those wary of what peril might unfurl when a dynasty becomes too powerful are probably reopening their unused apocalypse survival shelters right about now.
But we can worry about the human race's doom at the hands of this ever-growing nucleus of might later. Our main focus now is how cool it is that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are going to be kodparents (that's actually the legal term when it comes to a Kardashian baby) to this highly anticipated human. They'll have a lot to work with when it comes time to set their new titles into action: they've got creativity, entrepreneurial genius, the pipes for party-stopping birthday serenades, a steady supply of Nets tickets. But do the Carters top the list of the greatest godparents Hollywood has seen to date? They do have some formidable competition...
Godfather to: Billy-Ray Burton, son of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
How Does He Fare? Knowing that your godfather is the guy who married a zombie, tortured children in his chocolate factory, killed Anthony Michael Hall with his bladed phalanges, and destroyed a Lewis Carroll classic (all with the help of your father, no less) is sure to give a kid some nightmares.
Godmother to: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, son of Elton John and David Furnish
How Does She Fare? Homemade meat dresses and egg shelters are not necessarily the sort of birthday gifts a kid might want to receive year after year, but the whole "be yourself" attitude is a self-esteem bonus.
Godfather to: Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, twins of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
How Does He Fare? Hopefully, he's not the one teaching the kids math. Fourteen does not come right after three, in any language!
Godfather to: Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch, daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch
How Does He Fare? Oh, you mean the guy who's handsome, charming, and perfect in every way? Yeah, he'll do.
Godmother to: Also Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch (still daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch)
How Does She Fare? She's no Jackman, but then again, who is? Kidman's a winner nonetheless.
Godmother to: Coco Arquette, daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette
How Does She Fare? Who cares? We're all too happy that Monica and Rachel are still best friends to worry about Aniston's real-life abilities.
Godfather to: Drew Barrymore, self of Drew Barrymore
How Does He Fare? Spielberg's first interaction with his goddaughter launched her into a world of alien life forms, gun-wielding government agents, and near-death experiences... but the magic!
Godfather to: Soul
How Does He Fare? I think we can all give him due credit for this one.
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You know that refrain in the Malcolm in the Middle theme song (yes, I know it’s a stand-alone song, but I have not the energy to look it up) where it goes “Life is unfair...” Yeah, that pretty much sums up the feeling I had when I learned that Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring to some basketball player is worth $2 million dollars. TMZ also thought it was appropriate to further rub her wealth in our eyes by mentioning it is worth HALF of what her mansion is worth. Isn’t a ring supposed to be three months salary? Which would mean a house is supposed to be six months? Okay, I can kinda see how we got into the mortgage fiasco. Oh! "Boss of Me" by They Might Be Giants! That’s the name of the song! -TMZ
Congratulations to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez! They managed to find their hotel’s “secret” pizza place and score a couple of slices. Let’s give a round of applause to the couple that managed to find the “secret” spot and were rewarded with pizza. Jesus, it’s like Chuck E. Cheese for rich idiots. -People
Finally, the Obamas dined at the Queen’s Banquet in the UK last night during their trip through the United Kingdom. The formal dinner was attended by many celebrities in celebration of the cultural bridge our two countries share. However, I’ll choose to let Tom Hanks represent the good ole US of A and Helena Bonham Carter represent the UK. Seems about right. -People
Sinning with Australian honey Heath Ledger might be an interesting way to spend an afternoon. But the "Sin" I'm really talking about is his new film Sin Eater, with director Brian Helgeland, who helmed Ledger's last hit A Knight's Tale. The 20th Century Fox film is a romantic thriller with supernatural overtones, as Ledger plays a young priest who helps a female detective investigate a case involving a corpse covered with religious symbols.
I had a chance to watch A Knight's Tale recently on DVD, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. This leads me to believe Helgeland knows what he's doing; so, along with hunk Ledger, who can certainly hold his own in the acting department, Sin Eater might actually turn out to be pretty good. Production is slated to start early 2002.
Bettany's flurry of activity
More on the pedigree of talent behind A Knight's Tale: Paul Bettany, who played Geoffrey Chaucer to hilarious and poignant effect in the film, is going to star with Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams in the indie feature Heart of Me. Based on Rosamond Lehman's 1980 novel Echoing Grove, the film is said to be a love triangle centering on a married couple in which the husband has an affair with his wife's sister.
Bettany is also going to be in Lars von Trier's Dogville, the director of last year's indie darling Dancer in the Dark. He was also going to play the serial killer Dolarhyde in Universal Pictures' Red Dragon with Anthony Hopkins, who will once again reprise his Hannibal Lecter persona, but Bettany had to drop out. Still, he's a hot commodity these days--and rightly so.
Lopez is Wang's "Chambermaid"
Ah, Jennifer Lopez--we haven't heard about you in the news for at least five minutes. Oh, I'm kidding; we love Jennifer.
The happy newlywed, currently making a splash in Milan on her honeymoon, is going back to work immediately after the fun and games are over. J.Lo is signed on to do The Chambermaid, a romantic comedy for director Wayne Wang (The Center of the World). Tagged as a Cinderella tale, Lopez will don a chambermaid uniform to play a young lass who works at a luxury hotel, where she meets and falls in love with a British guest. Yet, when she abruptly quits her job, he must seek out and find her. What, she leaves her Dustbuster behind and he goes around asking every maid out there if it belongs to her? I'm yawning already.
Basinger as Eminem's mom?
In what universe? Apparently in that skewed universe I talked about in last week's column, a movie called The Untitled Detroit Project where rapper bad boy Eminem makes his debut performance as a "young man named Jimmy who is searching for his identity in a backdrop of indifference and community decay."
Remember that one? And now the lovely Kim Basinger will play his mother. Wow. I guess she was enticed by Project director Curtis Hanson, who directed Basinger in her Academy Award-winning performance for L.A. Confidential. Or maybe it was the wads of cash she is, I hope, making. Because honestly, this film doesn't sound good at all and won't be a career booster. But then again, Basinger did make I Dreamed of Africa.
Getting to "The Core"
I really like actor Aaron Eckhart, especially for his performance in last year's Oscar-winning hit Erin Brockovich, where he played Erin's (Julia Roberts) boyfriend. I had him on my Oscar wish list for a long time for that role, but of course he got ruled out pretty quickly. Nonetheless, Eckhart's interesting.
Now Eckhart has signed up to do a sci-fi movie called The Core for Paramount. In the film, Eckhart leads a group of terranauts on a mission to the Earth's center, where they hope to correct a flaw caused by a chemical waste reaction. They must place and detonate a nuclear charge to fix a magnetic field in the earth before it causes the planet to explode. Sounds like Armageddon meets Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Now, let's see if this starts one of those dueling matches, where another studio makes a movie about going into Earth's belly to save the world. You know it'll happen. It did with the whole Mars thing and then with meteoroids zooming towards Earth--this isn't any different.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2000 -- So he got to shoot on an island off Thailand for months, flying friends in for visits and soaking up an island paradise. But Leonardo DiCaprio, star of "The Beach," has one little quibble.
Says Leo to the British magazine The Face, "It truly bothered me ... that [Richard, DiCaprio's character] never had any kind of sexual contact with Francoise," a stunning Frenchwoman played by Virginie Ledoyen, with whom he does a little smooching and frolicking in the surf.
"The constant foreplay between the two characters never amounted to anything," the 25-year-old DiCaprio says. "And I really wanted something, whether it be complete and utter rejection or some sort of wild sexual encounter. ... It just had to happen." Well, it just goes to show that even the King of the World can't have it all.
SCANDAL SHEET: Vanity Fair's 13-page article this month has revived controversy over Natalie Wood's mysterious 1981 drowning by suggesting that she and husband Robert Wagner argued on the night of her death.
The story, written by Sam Kashner, says previously unpublished police records appear to contradict statements that there was no fight between Wood and Wagner that night. The report features a new interview with Christopher Walken, who says he and the couple had been drinking on the night of Nov. 28, 1981, and had a conversation in which "you put all your cards on the table." The confessionals snowballed into a marital argument, and Walken "stepped outside for some air" and when he returned, everyone was apologizing and everything seemed fine. Wagner says it was a political discussion.
Wood, 43, was found drowned wearing a nightgown, socks and a jacket after apparently trying to leave her yacht off Catalina Island in California to board an inflatable dinghy. Her death was ruled an accident.
DAS FESTIVAL: In Germany, the 50th Berlin Film Festival kicked off today with a screening of "The Million Dollar Hotel," starring Mel Gibson and Jeremy Davies and co-written by U2 frontman Bono.
In the fest's coming days, French actress Jeanne Moreau, who recently did a diva walk-off during a planned guest appearance on "ER," will receive a special homage, as will Robert De Niro.
Other stars to raid Berlin: George Clooney and Ice Cube, on hand to promote "Three Kings" and the aforementioned Leo, a possible for "The Beach."
HONORS: Legendary writer/director Billy Wilder, who fled Nazi Europe in the 1930s for France (and later the United States), will receive the Federal Republic of Germany's Knight Commander's Cross (badge and star) on March 10. The 93-year-old Wilder is also to be honored by the Producers Guild on March 2 at Los Angeles' Century Plaza on the occasion of his "Some Like it Hot" joining the guild's landmark movie list ...
... Blake Edwards will receive the Art Directors Guild's Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award on Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hilton. The 77-year-old director-writer-producer, who is married to Julie Andrews, is the director of films such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Days of Wine and Roses" and eight "Pink Panther" movies ...
... The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, running today through Sunday in Aspen, Colo., will honor funnyman Robin Williams with its American Film Institute Star Award. Also on the docket: Baltimore-loving director Barry Levinson receiving the AFI Filmmaker Award and career tributes for Jerry Lewis, Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
QUICK TAKES: Martin Lawrence's cop comedy "Big Momma's House" is getting an early move-in date, says The Hollywood Reporter. Twentieth Century Fox is moving the film's release up from October to June 2. It was originally moved to fall after Lawrence was hospitalized Aug. 22 from heat stroke after jogging under heavy clothing in 100 degree heat. He fell into a coma but emerged after three days and began production on the film ...
... James Coburn will join the ranks of presenters at this year's Academy Awards on March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. Coburn won a Best Supporting Actor statue last year for "Affliction," and, as tradition dictates, will likely present this year's Best Supporting Actress award ...
... And if you turn to the Grammys this year, you'll see the following artists perform (no, not together): The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Kid Rock, Britney Spears, Santana, the Backstreet Boys, TLC and Ricky Martin. The Grammys air Feb. 23 on CBS.
LOVE LINES: In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, we give you the skinny on how to kiss Woody Allen -- straight from the lips of his "Mighty Aphrodite" co-star, Helena Bonham Carter.
"He tells you up front certain ways of kissing, he does not want,'' Bonham Carter tells the UK Sun. "No exchange of liquid is permitted."
As if that weren't enough info, Bonham Carter adds: "There's absolutely no tongue encounter. ... It can be a bit offensive because he makes no effort at all. But he does warn you, and says everyone gets the same treatment. His mouth is a no-go area. It's like kissing the Berlin Wall, really."
Somebody get the Listerine.