British actress/model Kelly Brook has come under fire from anti-domestic violence campaigners after she described punching her ex-boyfriend Jason Statham. Brook made the revelation in her new book Up Close, revealing she smacked the actor in the face after she caught him flirting with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.
She wrote, "He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: 'Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!' He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Brook also described hitting another ex-boyfriend, rugby ace Danny Cipriani, after she discovered he had given his phone number to a stripper in Las Vegas, and her comments have sparked outrage among campaigners against domestic abuse.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, a charity which supports male victims of abuse, tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be. It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment.
"Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same."
Sandra Horley, of U.K. domestic violence charity Refuge, adds, "Domestic violence is always unacceptable. Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner."
Who’s ready for the second half of Teen Wolf’s third season to premiere in about a month? We are! Recently, three teaser trailers were released that feature the main cast of the show: Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien), and Alison Argent (Crystal Reed). Teen Wolf has seriously ramped up the creep factor for these trailers. Each teaser features clips from the new season in between creepy shots of insects and clawing hands. Plus, there’s the disturbing music overlaying the trailers: a child singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” (One word comes to mind: bone-chilling.)
Given the season’s tagline — "Lose Your Mind" — and the trailers, it’s safe to say 3B is going to get psychological. In the Stiles trailer, we catch a glimpse of a classroom full of students doing some sort of hand jive signal which cuts to Stiles screaming “Wake up!” Meanwhile, Alison is in the morgue running from what appears to be Teen Wolf’s own version of the girl from The Ring. Fans have speculated that the girl is Alison’s aunt, Kate, who died in season one.
In the last episode of 3A Scott, Stiles, and Alison performed a dark druid ritual that linked them to the mystical Nematon in order to find their parents (who had been kidnapped). Presumably all these creepy psychological happenings in 3B are a result of that ritual.
In addition to the teaser trailers, Teen Wolf released character promo photos for 3B that include the newest character Kira, played by Arden Cho. This season will also include the legend of the Kitsune, a shape-shifting fox in Japanese folklore. Though it’s not official, we’re guessing Kira might have something to do with the Kitsune (if she isn’t the Kitsune herself).
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Former DWTS professional Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy joined us on the other side of the judging table, where he was handily wedged in between Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Bruno's playfully lecherous flirtation was, needless to say, pretty entertaining. Plus, in such close quarters, Bruno's wild gestures almost decapitated him at one point – luckily, Maks used his dancers' swift instincts to dodge.
The challenge this week was quite interesting as well; the dancers were given the task of performing two distinct dances to different versions (original and acoustic) of the same song – the theme was plugged/unplugged. High points included Amber Riley and Derek Hough's eye-poppingly energetic jazz dance to "Bad Romance," and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke's fiery tango to the Moulin Rouge acoustic version of "Roxanne" (in the face of M.S. flare-ups, no less). Lowpoints: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater's half-baked "Sexy and I Know It" routine (he was pushing through a groin injury, but still), and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff's overly flame-inspired tango to "Light 'Em Up" (seriously, that was just too much fire. And what was with the hooded cloaks?)
We also got to hear a bit of each contestant's backstory, which was quite sentimental (schmaltzy even for DWTS, but that's why we love it) – we got to see how The Osbournes messed with Jack's childhood, and how Multiple Sclerosis now plagues his adulthood. Also notable were the struggles Amber faced with casting directors, largely based off of her race and weight. I almost wish we could have had these testimonials earlier in the season, but I guess going through it with all 12 of the original couples would have been overwhelming to say the least.
As for eliminations: the reign of Bill Engvall continues...it's getting tricky, isn't it? He truly is delightful (as the judges continually remind us before docking major points), and he has a compelling relationship with his partner – but how far should that take you on a dancing competition? The fan vote has saved him week after week after week, with technically more proficient dancers going home. With Brant Daugherty and Elizabeth Berkley, it was surprising, but with Leah, it was almost melancholy. The two of them came from the same place – both inexperienced dancers with enough personality to make up for it. But even though she has technically improved much more than he has, she was the one who was booted off the show.
We were sad to see her go. With her copious wisecracking, she brought a sense of levity to the show; watching her and Tony imitate each other's sexy faces at each other was kind of awesome. And while they didn't have the chemistry of say, Brant and Peta, you really got the sense that they were looking out for each other. Tony has oft voiced the opinion that Leah is what DWTS is all about – and in a lot of ways, she was. She came in insecure, with little-to-no dance experience (ahem, Corbin), and has slowly worked her way up to the semi-finals, all the way as an underdog through and through; someone you could root for. She in turn, has said how much his belief in her has meant to her as a competitor – their mutual respect for each other led to some lovely moments throughout the season, and as Corbin, Bill, Jack, and Amber continue on as finalists, she'll definitely be missed.
* Worst costume of the week: Emma Slater's mesh bodysuit/furry-looking bikini.
* Some of the song covers were just plain awful. "Locked Out of Heaven" in the style of Evanescence? No. Just, no.
* Leah's daughter crying after her elimination was awfully precious.
The competition continues to get tighter – this week, the term "semi-finalist" was thrown around quite a bit. It turns out the semi-finals begin next week, and the dancers continued to up their game accordingly. Corbin and Karina danced a beautiful waltz (they always have the best outfits, amirite?), and fan favorites Jack Osborne and Leah Remini continued to climb their way up the scoreboard. Bill Engvall faltered, his exuberance only enough to earn him sevens across the board in light of his poor sense of rhythm.
This week's special challenge was the trio dance – it didn't sound quite as exciting as the freestyle, but it turned out to be hugely entertaining. For many of the dancers, adding in a third person to the group improved their dances exponentially. Elizabeth and Val (plus Gleb Savchenko) walked away with perfect 10s all around, and Corbin and Karina (plus Witney Carson) were so good that they drew comparisons to Bob Fosse. Carrie Ann was so charmed, she said something bleep-worthy – all we know is that it had something to do with Usher...?
And the best part of the trio dances? Leah (along with Tony Dovolani, and Henry Byalikov) decided to poke a bit of fun at the three judges (WATCH IT. No, seriously). I suppose as professional dancers, it would make sense that they would make great physical mimics – Tony in particular got Bruno's sweeping gestures down to a T!
Though the odds seemed stacked against Bill (he had the lowest score by quite a bit in both of this week's dances) his legions of fans were enough to keep him on for the semi-final round. He's stolen our hearts, along with the judges, who continue to express regret that they can't score him off of his likability rather than his poor rhythm. Great for Bill, but someone had to suffer this week. And that someone? Elizabeth Berkley. Even after her consistently stellar scores, her fans were not strong enough to save her.
I know nothing about dancing, but even I could tell she had a willowy elegance and sensibility that was a rare find on a reality show like DWTS. Her considerable skill, in addition to her wide (and oh-so-slightly crazy) eyes and rapport with partner Val Chmerkovskiy will make her sorely missed – she definitely belonged up on that semi-finalist stage! It makes you really think about the popularity contest aspect of the show. I suppose that the equally weighted scores means that the show itself really belongs equally to the fans as it does to the judges. But really, it goes to show you that your dancing's not necessarily going to get you that trophy. Like fellow proficient dancers Christina Milian and Brant Daugherty before her, Elizabeth went home before her time.
* Loved the awkward cut to a reaction shot of Bill Engvall's wife as he extolled his two exceedingly gorgeous dance partners, Emma Slater and Peta Murgatroyd
* Okay I get that for whatever reason, ballroom dance costumes are often ridiculously ugly, but Jack's leopard-printed samba outfit was off the charts!
* There was a competition for best abs between Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko. Yes.
ABC did exactly what everyone was saying they were trying to do when they hired Bill Nye the Science Guy: they hooked the nerdy millenials. I mean, Bill was eliminated way back on episode 3 (after an adorable immobilized-knee robot dance to "Get Lucky") and I'm still hooked. Glitter and sequins aside, there's something that's touching about watching the stars and "the professionals" really bond as they spend hours a day training. Watching Valerie Harper dance the Viennese waltz to "Carry On" with her very-sweet partner Tristan McManus was -- cheesy as it sounds -- beautiful in more ways than one.
Mushiness aside, this week the dancers/stars were in for a very special treat: Cher was guest judging, in place of at-times astringent head judge Len Goodman. Everyone was over the moon – Cher was über-complimentary and supportive, and she handed out exclusively 8s and 9s. That must have been a nice break (Leah Remini in particular, expressed this sentiment multiple times), and it was fun to see the starstruck stars: Elizabeth Berkley publicly (and only slightly awkwardly) thanked Cher for what she's done to empower women.
As we move into week 8, the competition has been getting tighter and tighter. The scores don't vary that much, and it really comes down to the fan vote: even after earning a respectable 27 after an electrifying foxtrot, Pretty Little Liars star Brant Daugherty and partner Peta Murgatroyd (keep wanting to spell it "Peeta." Damn you, Hunger Games!) were sent home.
It's a shame – as judge Carrie Ann Inaba put it, he's one of the contestants that's actually shown the most growth. He started fairly strong, but has markedly improved on a week-to-week basis, which is no easy feat. Plus, there's the fact that he literally looked like a '70s Disney prince in his peach-colored suit this week, with a kind of scary mannequin smile to match. I may have found it a little odd, but Cher sure loved it, and that's what's important.
Anyways, I think I'm not alone when I say I'll miss Brant, and I'm not just making salacious comments about his abs. (Although: dayyyyyyum!) He had an earnestness and work ethic that we don't always expect to see in handsome young actors, and he and Peta had the best chemistry on the show. (If you google them, you'll find piles of dating rumors.) Farewell Brant and Peta – may you dance again.
NBCElizabeth Berkley and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy produced arguably the greatest moment in Dancing With The Stars history this week when they recreated the unintentionally hilarious 'caffeine pill breakdown' scene from Saved By The Bell to kick-start their jive routine to The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited." Now that the former Jessie Spano has made it through to the sixth week, here's a look at five other musical moments from the classic teen sitcom that she could also use as inspiration."Go For It!"Also featuring in the classic 'Jessie’s Song' episode, this brilliantly ridiculous set-up saw a spandex-wearing Jessie, Kelly and Lisa throw themselves into an aerobics workout while shooting the video to an insanely catchy slice of Tiffany-esque pop under the guise of Hot Sundae. As the faithful recreation above shows, nothing sums up the early '90s quite like it."Friends Forever"For some reason, Berkley was the only main cast member not to feature in arguably the greatest SBTB episode of all time, the Zack Attack mockumentary. A perfectly-choreographed routine to the cheesefest that is "Friends Forever," therefore, would be the perfect opportunity to make amends."How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?"However, Jessie did appear as a member of Zack Attack in one of season three's earlier episodes when she and Slater provided the musical backdrop to Zack & Kelly's break-up by belting out Michael Bolton's signature power ballad."Make My Day"Just minutes before all the emotional carnage of the above, Jessie also got the chance to take centre stage when dressed as Cleopatra, she fronted the California Dreams prototype, "Make My Day.""Don't Leave With Your Love"Performed by the fictional Bo Revere, "Don't Leave With Your Love" was the song which Zack planted subliminal messages into so that Kelly would go to the school dance with him instead of Slater. Perhaps Berkley could use the same trick on the viewing public to coast to victory.Follow @Hollywood_com
British actor Charlie Hunnam is leaving Los Angeles and moving to a rural ranch in a bid to escape the Hollywood party scene. The Pacific Rim star, who has lived in L.A. for more than a decade, has bought a property outside of the city and is planning to move there full-time with his jewellery designer girlfriend Morgana McNelis.
Hunnam, 33, wants to spend his time at the ranch growing vegetables and looking after animals.
He tells Britain's 7 Nights magazine, "I don't go to parties - I don't shuck (sic) and jive it up with the Hollywood crowd. None of that c**p interests me at all, and actually, my girlfriend and I just bought a ranch, so we are getting out of Hollywood completely. It's in California. We've got 30 chickens and a couple of donkeys, a couple of ducks and we've got a big, organic garden. We are going to try to live a bit more sustainably."
Hunnam plans to raise his chickens for their meat, but he admits he will struggle to kill the birds, adding, "The chickens have already started to make friends with me and I really want to eat them... Oh man! I am going to be taking them to the vet and giving them mouth to mouth."
Queen Bey not only plays Queen Tara in the animated family-fun flick Epic, but she also lends her vocals to the soundtrack for the movie. Beyoncé's song "Rise Up," was cowritten by Sia (the mastermind behind "Bulletproof") and produced by Hit-Boy ("Ni**as in Paris," "Clique").But before you get too excited by the existence of a new Beyoncé jam, calm yourself down and actually take a listen. Well, it's no "Countdown." Heck, it's not even really up to the standards of the newly-released "Grown Woman." Bey's dynamic voice is overpowered by a snoozefest-infused track. But hey, at least have some new Beyoncé to jive to. Right? So we should be somewhat grateful... I suppose. Hopefully it can hold us over until Beyoncé releases some bootylicious new tunes we can actually jam out to. In the meantime, I'll be playing "Grown Woman" on repeat...
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Michael Bay pioneered the market on racist machinery, introducing a pair of robots in Transformers that lay waste to political correctness. You might expect this from the man who has made a career out of the sense of humor celebrated by 12-year-old boys. But from Disney, you'd assume that ethnic stereotypes aren't really part of the game plan... well, at least from contemporary Disney (before the modern era took hold, the works of Walt were infamously riddled with jive talking crows and babbling Siamese cats). But the company's latest foray, Planes, seems to opt for every stereotype in the book.
The trailer below showcases a Southern yokel leading the cast, backed up by a passionate and poetic Latin lover, a mystical Indian temptress, an uptight and rigid British character, and a quip-snapping African-American forklift. Seems as though the days of Peter Pan's American Indians aren't as far behind us as we might have thought...
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Country star Kellie Pickler waltzed her way to victory and was crowned winner of U.S. TV competition Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (21May13). The singer saw off competition from Disney actress Zendaya, American football player Jacoby Jones and former Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman to take home the mirrorball trophy with her professional partner Derek Hough.
During the two-hour show, Pickler won over the judges and audiences by performing a barefoot freestyle dance, as well as an upbeat jive routine to Rockin' Robin.
After she was declared the winner, Pickler exclaimed, "This is amazing! Oh my God!"
She later took to her Twitter.com page to thank fans for their support, writing, "I'll never ever forget this night! Love y'all so much! Thanks so much for voting!"
The finale of the 16th season also featured musical performances by former Dancing With The Stars contestant Wynonna Judd and South Korean sensation Psy.