Adele is recovering very nicely after her throat surgery, and she should be back to singing relatively soon. She wrote on her website, "Thank you for all your positive thoughts and well wishes. I'm really doing well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all. The operation was a success and I'm just chilling out now until I get the all clear from my doctors. Thank you to everyone who voted for the awards I've won recently as well. Hugely appreciated. I best get back to practicing my mime show now." - Adele
Even though Mariah Yeater has dropped the paternity suit against Justin Bieber, People Magazine reports she is still pursuing the matter outside the court of law and still wants a DNA sample from the singer. Yeater's new lawyer, Jeffrey M. Leving, said "We're negotiating with Beiber's counsel, to reach a confidentiality agreement and to get private testing and results." He also commented, "I just spoke to Mariah today, someone was recently stalking her. She is happy that she changed her number so she's not getting death threats by phone. She's a young 20-year-old mother who now has to worry about her safety and her child's. It's a lot for any woman that age to handle." Bieber's lawyer, Matthew Hiltzik, added "As we've said from the beginning, it's sad that someone would fabricate such a malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claim. We'll continue to consider all of our options to protect Justin." So it doesn't really look like this is resolved yet, even though it probably should be. - People
As you know, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 opens tomorrow, and it just so happens another movie about vampires and werewolves also opens tomorrow: it's called The Descendants, and it stars George Clooney! What a coincidence, right? Two movies about vampires opening on the same weekend? It's like two new Barbie Dolls being put on the shelves on the same day! At the premiere for The Descendants, Clooney acknowledged how the competition to be number 1 at the box office will be especially fierce this weekend by telling E! Online's Marc Malkin, "There's a lot of talk we're going to beat [the Twi-hards]. We are going against Breaking Dawn, but the big headlines come Monday will be 'Descendants Kicks the Hell Out of Breaking Dawn.'" You know The Descendants won't make more money this weekend than Twilight, because what teenager who's up to date on their shots would choose a boating accident in Hawaii over sex so rugged the headboard breaks? Although Bella does get pregnant on the first go, so maybe the youths will be desperate to avoid Breaking Dawn and will go see The Descendants, and just pretend their looking at a calendar. - E! Online
Did Hollywood have anything to do with the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement? The whole thing seems a little bit convenient. Last month saw the behind-the-meltdown docudrama Margin Call and the sci-fi metaphor In Time. Now we have Tower Heist a comedy that pits the blue collar staff of the Trump Tower against a thieving Bernie Madoff-esque tenant. The movie's an Ocean's 11 for the 99% with a sense of timeliness that makes the simple plotting and wisecracking that much more effective.
Ben Stiller stars as Josh Kovacs overseer of all the goings-on at the Tower. He wakes up before dawn and heads home after sunset spending his day catering to the occupants of the ritzy apartment complex and managing his eclectic crew—including former Burger King cook Enrique (Michael Peña) Jamaican maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) and his slacker brother-in-law Charlie (Casey Affleck). The crew's greatest concern is multi-billionaire Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) the penthouse resident Tower board member and thanks to attention paid trusted friend of Josh.
Trusted...until the FBI busts Shaw for stealing millions including the Tower employees' pensions.
Like all good tower heists Josh's titular harebrained scheme is prompted by a drunken night out with lead investigator Claire (Téa Leoni) who tips the irked manager off to Shaw's hidden stash: a possible eight-figure sum hidden somewhere in his apartment. In pursuing the American dream of revenge Josh recruits his slighted co-workers along with distraught former-millionaire Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) and Josh's childhood friend-turned-thief Slide (Eddie Murphy). Together the motley crew concocts a plan to retrieve what's rightfully theirs—all while sinking Shaw in the process.
Tower Heist isn't as slick or intricate as the Ocean movies but its straightforward take on the crime genre is strengthened by Stiller Murphy and the rest of the cast's ability to inject ridiculous humor into sympathetic characters. When Josh realizes his decade spent commanding the operations of the Tower were for naught he wigs out marching up to the top floor to beat the crap out of Shaw's priceless convertible (it was owned by Steve McQueen in case you were wondering why anyone would keep an antique car on the top floor of a building). Not entirely realistic but relatable which sums up every over-the-top satisfying scenario these characters find themselves throughout the film.
Most importantly Tower Heist delivers on the funny. Playing the straight man is an art and Stiller's one of the masters (although you'd never know it from his Night at the Museum shtick or wackier roles like Zoolander) riffing off his co-stars while giving them ample time to be complete weirdos. The movie is being touted as a comeback for Murphy but he wisely steps into a supporting role delivering on his character's manic charm while never trying to steal the spotlight. The one who really steals the show is Broderick whose clueless neurotic Fitzhugh can't help relapsing mid-heist into memories of luxurious trips to Greece.
Credit goes to director Brett Ratner who cranked out three Rush Hour movies and an X-Men threequel while never really nailing down what it takes to make a group dynamic work. Here he pulls it off finding the right beats to make Tower Heist funny and thrilling. There are moments during the actual heist scene set during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade that cause quite a stir—a rarity in today's run-of-the-mill thrill rides.
Tower Heist is the definition of a cinematic softball avoiding risky choices and utilizing each actor to their previously known (and successful) traits without feeling lazy. As the holidays roll in and families look for something they all can enjoy Tower Heist delivers a little something for everyone. Except maybe Bernie Madoff.
Last night, Jay Leno had Modern Family's Julie Bowen on The Tonight Show to shame her with some embarrassing, lesser-known work from her past, and to surprise her with a particularly noteworthy male model from this part of her life. Let's just say, he's not content with shaking hands.
Will Arnett visited Conan to basically spend seven-and-a-half minutes insulting Conan O'Brien. He got him on his ego, his hair color, his talents as a talk show host, and it all culminates with the interesting commercial Arnett and Arrested Development costar Jason Bateman made for Conan.
Samuel L. Jackson stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to join the world of Twitter. After a few technical speedbumps, Jackson and Jimmy collaborated on Jackson's first tweet, which is as Samuel L. Jackson-ish as it could possibly get.
Finally, Matthew Broderick joined David Letterman on Late Night to discuss his back surgery (man, it's been a long time since Ferris Bueller) and the questionable credentials of his doctor, and to test out an airport security wand on his newly metal spine.
A new trailer arrived today for the forthcoming drama Answers to Nothing, starring Dane Cook, Julie Benz, and Barbara Hershey:
Answers to Nothing is directed by Matthew Leutwyler, based on a script by Leutwyler and Gillian Vigman. It opens December 2, 2011.
Dane Cook was last seen in the 2008 rom-com masterpiece My Best Friend's Girl. Click on the image below to check out our photo gallery for the inexplicably popular comedian:
THR reports that Rose McGowan has signed on to star in Napa, a romantic thriller (or "rom-thrill," as we like to call it) about "a woman who after three tours of duty in Afghanistan returns to her hometown, where she is given the job of sheriff." The film, which will shoot on location in California's Napa Valley, marks the feature-film directorial debut of writer-producer Michael Kerr. Kerr and Hans Ostrom co-wrote the script, based on Ostrom's novel Three to Get Ready, which is a much more interesting title than plain old Napa. Presumably, the filmmakers made the change in order to avoid any and all possible associations with the Matthew McConaughey/Al Pacino gambling flick Two for the Money, and for good reason.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Rose McGowan was last seen in the sword and sandals flop Conan the Barbarian. Click on the image below to check out her photo gallery:
As you might have seen last week, a very flustered Jonah Hill visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to share some hilarious, but incredibly hostile, anecdotes about Glee's Matthew Morrison. While at a Fox network party, Hill overheard Morrison making a joke about the comic actor...something he found very unsettling.
So, Hill went on Late Night to publicize his new feud with Morrison, and demand that the Glee star "bring his s**t." All this can be seen here. All this can be seen here (and is very much worth the watch -- there's nothing better than an overwhelmed Jonah Hill). However, Hill probably wasn't expecting such a speedy, and well-choreographed, reaction. Last night on Late Night, we got Part Two of the Hill-Morrison feud: Matthew Morrison shared a very Gleeish video accepting Jonah's challenge, and showing off some of his own chops. Morrison was very insistent that he could, despite Hill's remarks, "sing his way out of" pretty much anything. Best of all, Morrison took things a step further and demanded Late Night face-off with Hill. Will the feud escalate to epic proportions? We can only hope. Hill vs. Morrison could be this generation's Ali vs. Liston.
Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt is the latest in an absurdly long line of actors and actresses to join the upcoming male-stripper movie Magic Mike.
Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey was the most recent addition, two weeks ago -- when it seemed like there literally couldn't be any roles left to fill! But sure enough, Brandt has signed up, joining Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Biel, Alex Pettyfer and seemingly dozens more in the Steven Soderbergh-directed film, based loosely on Tatum's experience before he became an actor.
Brandt plays Marie Schrader on the beloved AMC meth drama. Brandt, who has previously starred on ER and Boston Legal, will also appear on the season premiere of Private Practice. The specifics of her role in Mike are not yet known.
We're always hearing about celebrities hanging out together and starting romantic relationships; they seem like a pretty friendly community. So it's rare, but occasionally wonderful, when we come across a celebrity feud. Especially one brimming with as much hilarious hostility as the one between Jonah Hill and Glee star Matthew Morrison.
Hill recently joined the Fox network as the creator and star of the new animated series Allen Gregory. Since he's new to the network, he was hoping to fit in and make a lot of new friends. This didn't start out so well. First, he had an awkward encounter involving Randy Jackson and Michael Clarke Duncan. But then, things got much, much worse, when he encountered his new arch enemy: Morrison.
Watch both videos of Jonah's interview on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and see the comic actor explain the dawn and evolution of his feud with the Glee star. He gets a little bit worked up over the issue -- and it's pretty darn funny.
Betty Draper is a mom! Reports have confirmed that January Jones gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday. According to her rep, "Mom and baby are doing great." So what did the Mad Men star decide to name her precious newborn? The baby's name is (drum roll please)...Xander Dane Jones. Common? No. Adorable? Absolutely! For a first time mom, she's certainly showing up some of Hollywood's veteran mothers who think numbers and fruit are proper names for children. Way to go January!
Jones announced her pregnancy in April, but has yet to disclose the identity of the child's father (notice the baby is taking her last name). The star has dated Jason Sudeikis, singer Josh Groban and Ashton Kutcher in the past if you care to place bets on the plausible candidates. But with or without a man, January is ready to start a family. Back in June, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner said the actress had been wanting a baby "very badly." He also added that, "She's got a big heart and she's been talking about having children since I met her, which is not always common with actresses. I think she's going to be amazing." Well her long-time wish just came true -- congratulations to the new mother!
Click on the image below for more photos of January Jones!
Magic Mike seems intent on ensuring that America gets to see every single actor and actress in Hollywood naked. Added to the gigantic cast of Steven Soderbergh's "coming of age"/"making ends meet" story (based on star Channing Tatum's real-life experiences) is Olivia Munn, who will play (wait for it...) a stripper.
Munn's character is Amber, who will be of romantic interest to Channing's Michael "Magic Mike" Martingano. The role had been formerly attributed to Jessica Biel, who now seems to have no attachment to the project. Those very much enthused by the idea of a stipper movie for purely aesthetic reasons will probably not be disappointed by the inclusion of Munn, even at the expense of Biel.
As it's inevitable that you've missed or forgotten at least a few of the cast members in this rapidly-growing project, here's a handful of those who have been mentioned: Alex Pettyfer as Magic Mike's protegee (with the moniker "The Kid"), Cody Horn as the sister to Pettyfer's character, Matthew McConaughey as a stripclub owner named Dallas, Matt Bomer as another stripper, Riley Keough, Gabriel Iglesias and Joe Manganiello.