Russell Crowe is coming out with a new movie in 2014 called Noah. It's about the biblical story of the flooding of the Earth and the man who shepherded every type of animal onto a giant ark that was able to weather the waters. (Sorry, spoiler alert to anyone who hasn't seen or read a Bible in their lives.) Is it going to be a great movie or will this be one of those overwrought big budget films that ultimately wind up in the cheap DVD bins in a year or so?
People who point to the Charlton Heston portrayal as Moses seem to miss the point: he at least carried some biblical gravitas. When I look at Crowe, I tend to think of an action-movie type. (Yes, I know he was fantastic in The Insider and A Beautiful Mind.) But when I see him in an ancient time setting with his flowing beard, I think of him as Maximus from Gladiator. For some reason, I could imagine a scene in Noah where he stands at the bow of the ark, with all these animals (CGI, of course) surrounding him and he bellows, "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!"
The thing that may present a REALLY big problem is that they embellished on this story and that may anger a LOT of Christians, who tend to view that as ... I'm trying to think of the word. It's right on the tip of my tongue. Oh yes. Blasphemous. That's it. There's a human nemesis for Noah to contend with as well ... as if the original huge waves, tons of animals in a cramped space and wicked angels wasn't enough of a challenge for one man, they had to add this extra thing that wasn't in the original source material. Hollywood sure loves to change stuff around, even with classics. Hey, you can ask Nathaniel Hawthorne. There might not be a hugely receptive audience and depending how this is presented, there might even be protests.
One thing that gives some hope is that the movie is directed by Darren Aronofsky, he of Black Swan fame. He's an excellent director. Add Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson and the movie is suddenly in good shape acting-wise. It depends which Crowe shows up. When he puts his mind to it, he's one of the best actors on the planet.
My prediction: It may start off well in the box office due to the curiosity factor, but then word-of-mouth will be the determining factor. It may continue raking in big dollars or it might tail off horribly like Godzilla did in the late '90s. Then we'll be monitoring the DVD racks.
Personal items belonging to actress Farrah Fawcett are set to go under the hammer. The Heritage Auctions sale, to be held in Dallas, Texas on Friday (06Dec13), features items from Fawcett's private and professional life which were passed down to her nephew, Gregory Walls, following the actress' death from cancer in 2009.
Among the lots, which are expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars collectively, are the star's 1980 passport and 2009 driver's licence, as well as the red swimsuit she wore in Esquire Magazine in 1995, and a number of scripts.
The most highly valued items in the collection are a People's Choice Award won by the Charlie's Angels star in 1977, which has already attracted Internet bids of more than $5,000 (£3,333), and a custom-made director's chair emblazoned with Fawcett's initials that is valued at around $6,000 (£4,000).
A spokesperson for the auction house says, "Though Farrah Fawcett will forever be associated with the 1970s and that famous, famous hair 'do of hers, she remains a beloved, respected instantly recognisable Hollywood star just as much today."
Online bidding closes on Thursday (05Dec13) ahead of the live sale in Dallas on Friday (06Dec13).
Victoria's Secret officials have dismissed reports suggesting they have severed ties with model Jessica Hart over remarks she made about Taylor Swift following the singer's performance at the lingerie company's annual TV fashion show. Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily at the event's afterparty last month (Nov13), the Australian beauty tried to be complimentary about the country sweetheart, who sang and strutted with the Victoria Secret Angels as they hit the catwalk during the taping of the big show, but she confessed Swift "didn't fit".
Hart said, "I don’t know if I should say that. I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It’s definitely the benchmark of all jobs."
Reports suggested the comments had cost Hart her job as an Angel, but Victoria's Secret bosses insist that's not the case.
Ed Razek, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria’s Secret tells People magazine, "There is no truth to the rumours that Jessica Hart has been fired or that she will no longer work with the brand. As you will see, she was a great part of our show and we look forward to continuing to work with her."
He adds, "We at Victoria’s Secret and all those involved, including Jessica Hart, were thrilled to have Taylor be a part of the show. We look forward to sharing her performances next week during the television special."
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs in America on 10 December (13).
Actor Ryan O'Neal has insisted he was not trying to hide the fact he took an Andy Warhol portrait of his late girlfriend Farrah Fawcett from her home following the actress' death in 2009. O'Neal was in court on Monday (02Dec13) fighting to keep the painting, which he claims is legally his.
Officials at Fawcett's alma mater the University of Texas at Austin, who already own the portrait's twin, insist the former Charlie's Angels star had left the silkscreen to them in a living trust, along with all her art.
Testifying in court, the actor revealed the portrait of his late lover hangs over his bed and he insisted he has no plans to sell it.
He told the court, "I’m going to give it to her son. Our son."
The portrait is worth as much as $30 million (GBP20 million), according to art experts.
A list of potential witnesses who may appear at Los Angeles Superior Court for the art trial includes O'Neal and Fawcett's son Redmond and her Charlie's Angels co-star Jaclyn Smith.
Pop star Robbie Williams' struggling clothing line has been saved from closure by a British TV tycoon. The Angels hitmaker launched menswear brand Farrell in 2011 but it struggled to stay afloat and went into liquidation in October (13).
However, it has been handed a new lease of life after Peter Jones, a millionaire who stars on U.K. business show Dragon's Den, gave the company a cash injection.
According to The Sun on Sunday, Jones is set to buy 50 per cent of the company.
A source says, "Although the brand is in liquidation, he thinks it can be turned around."
British pop star Robbie Williams still smokes marijuana, despite his past battles with drug addiction. The Angels hitmaker has checked into rehab on several occasions to tackle alcoholism and substance abuse issues, but turned his life around after moving from the U.K. to Los Angeles and meeting his wife, Ayda Field, whom he married in 2010.
Williams even quit his 60-a-day cigarette habit, but has now revealed he still smokes marijuana on rare occasions.
However, the pop star insists he is careful not to lose control due to his responsibility to his young daughter, Theodora.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "The last time I got high was two days ago. Since the birth of Theo I've become less reckless.
"I last drank 13 years ago, the last time I got high was two days ago. No big drug sessions, mind, just a small amount, purely to relax.
"I'm allowed to go crazy once in a while, just as long as I don't lose control. I have to be there to take care of my daughter, right? That is the good thing - by putting responsibility on my shoulders she is also taking care of me."
Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their last respects to celebrated British composer Sir John Tavener at his funeral in Winchester, England on Thursday (28Nov13). The musician passed away on 12 November (13) at the age of 69, and he was remembered during a memorial service at Winchester Cathedral.
The 700-strong congregation included Tavener's widow and three children, as well as a representative for Charles, Prince of Wales, and the service featured several of the composer's own works, including Angels and Mother of God, Here I Stand.
During the service, the Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester, said of Tavener, "We are gathered to commend to God someone who opened a door to heaven for so many people by his music with its transparently spiritual quality."
Tavener was signed to The Beatles' Apple record label in the 1960s and he was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize twice - in 1992 and 1997.
British pop star Robbie Williams wants to star in a musical theatre production based on his life - and he would love to play himself in the show. The Angels hitmaker is a big fan of extravagant stage shows and he dreams of working on a theatre version of his life story.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I'd love to have a crack at it. I love musical theatre... I don't know who they could get to play me in the musical, so it would have to be me. If anyone has any ideas I'm up for writing new songs. But when I say anyone, I actually mean directors of massive films."
British pop star Robbie Williams regrets his decision to give away every award he has ever won. The Angels singer has scooped more than 70 honours around the world during his 23-year career, and holds the record for winning more BRIT Awards and Echo Awards than any other artist.
Williams has never kept any of his prizes, which include 17 BRITs, and instead prefers to hand them out to his family and friends, but he now regrets not holding on to the statues.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I gave them away, and I regret that now. I gave one to (England soccer star) Wayne Rooney, my dad's got one, darts player Phil Taylor's got one."
Nothing says a happy British Christmas like paper crowns and a new Doctor Who special, but this year's romp will serve up some drama and mystery along with the usual holiday cheer. It's Matt Smith's last episode as the 11th Doctor, and the recently released synopsis for the special, named The Time of the Doctor, gives us some hints about his final adventure as the Doctor.
“Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.”
So if we were to take several educated guesses, what's going to happen in the upcoming Christmas Special?
Silence Will FallThis enigmatic phrase has lurked around the corners of the 11th Doctor's adventures since his first journey in the TARDIS, and in the three years (or hundreds) since, there are still some wrinkles to The Silence and their call to action that still need ironing out. We're betting the "Silence Will Fall" story arc will finally come to an end in the Christmas Special, serving as the beginning and ending bookmarks to the 11th Doctor's tenure.
TrenzaloreThe synopsis mentions that the finale will take place on a "quiet backwater planet." Now, what else could that planet be other than Trenzalore? In the Season 7 finale, "The Name of The Doctor," we learned that the planet Trenzalore was the final resting place of the Doctor, so we can definitely assume that the planet will be making a repeat appearance in the upcoming special, especially since the planet is mentioned by name in the teaser trailer that followed the 50th anniversary special.
Dangerous Party GuestsNothing makes a goodbye party like a gathering of your best friends and your worst enemies. We're betting the 11th Doctor's final send-off will be filled with his most noteworthy rogues for one last battle for time and space. Expect The Angels, The Daleks, The Cybermen, and The Silence to all make an appearance for one last attempt to exterminate the Doctor. We're also guessing that the Doctor's greatest allies will show up, including Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. This is going to be one awkward Christmas party.
The Regeneration SceneThis one's a given, since we know that this is the 11th Doctor's last adventure. But how exactly will his regeneration take place? Will it be a quiet moment of acceptance, or will this Doctor beg for more time like the 10th did? Whatever it is, we’re betting that the second Peter Capaldi emerges from the regeneration process, he will makes a wise crack about the 11th's favorite accesory, the bowtie. It's only fitting that the piece of neckwear begins and ends with Matt Smith's Doctor.
It's Going to Be a Really Sad ChristmasThe one thing the Christmas specials usually have in common is that they are light, consequence-free romps that embrace the joyful spirit of the holiday season.But given Matt Smith's departure and the somber tone of the synopsis, this is setting up to be the most depressing Christmas special in the show's history. Get ready to cry into your eggnog, 'cause this one’s going to sting.