While some of us were enjoying our extra day off yesterday in honor of Labor Day, others were being productive and welcoming a new human life into the world. Reports have confirmed that Madonna’s ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, and girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley welcomed a baby boy in London on Monday at 11 am during an emergency C-section. And yes, I know what you're thinking, it is very fitting to go into labor on Labor Day, although I'm not sure she fully appreciated the irony during the whole ordeal (what with other things on her mind). A source confirmed that both mother and baby are thankfully doing just fine, stating, “The baby came a few days earlier than planned but the actual birth went well and both mum and tot are doing great." The insider also added, “Rocco, Lourdes and adopted youngsters, David and Mercy, are all being introduced to the new arrival within the next couple of weeks… both Guy and Madonna are determined to be grown-up about it and remain on friendly terms."
The British director reportedly called Madonna to share the exciting news with her and the pop star/director supposedly sent the new mom and dad a bouquet of flowers. It's nice to know even exes in Hollywood can still keep things classy. Thus far, no other details have been released. The new parents have yet to name their brand new bundle of joy, but the couple are both “over the moon” about their new arrival and can't wait to bring him home. Congrats on the new addition!
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Source: Access Hollywood
As we wrap up another month, and the summer as well, perhaps you’re noticing that with all the time you spent sitting in a theater to gawk at the latest blockbusters, you’ve been neglecting your DVD shelf. Sure, you could run out and buy whatever mainstream Hollywood films just hit stores, but variety is the spice of life…as well as the key to a more impressive DVD collection.
Here are a few gems that probably escaped your notice during that first pass down the aisle.
Company: Millennium Entertainment
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Despite getting his start in Guy Ritchie comedies, Jason Statham has established himself as a major action hero. Films like The Transporter, Death Race, The Expendables, and—most recently—The Mechanic have demonstrated Statham’s propensity for kicking serious ass.
In Blitz, he returns to London to take on a serial killer picking off police officers one by one. Blitz is far more compact in scale than something like The Expendables or Death Race, but packs just as much punch. The back and forth between Statham and Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, Dead Man’s Shoes) alone is worth the price of admission.
Special Features Include: UK Theatrical Trailer, Cast & Crew Interviews, Behind the Scenes Featurette
Company: Image Entertainment
If you’re an expecting mother, you’re probably constantly bombarded with concerns. I would therefore highly recommend that expecting mothers not watch The Clinic—lest she add “Having Baby Stolen Directly From Womb” to that list of concerns.
A young couple stops at a backwater motel for the night, and thus begins the most unsettling nightmare of their lives. The Clinic is a dark, viscerally horrifying film that relies more on nuance and building a relationship between the audience and its female protagonist than it does on cheap scares. You may recognize the male lead, Andy Whitfield, from the Encore original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
Special Features Include: None
High and Low
There is little argument that Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived. What is particularly fascinating about his career is that he created two very distinctive categories for his cannon: samurai movies and film noir. He proved to be equally skilled at making gritty crime dramas as he was at creating sweeping samurai epics.
In High and Low, he tells the story of a kidnapping plot involving a shoe company executive and his servant. The film is suspenseful, gripping, and visually playful; Kurosawa choosing interesting angles and unceremonious movements for his detective characters in order to avoid being spotted by the kidnapper. Doubly interesting is the fact that Kurosawa is adapting an American crime novel here; the epitome of his love affair with American film noir.
Special Features Include: Commentary featuring Akira Kurosawa and scholar Steven Prince, Making of Documentary, 1984 Video Interview with Toshiro Mifune, Theatrical Trailers
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Sword and Sorcery Collection
Company: Shout! Factory
If you dug the remake of Conan the Barbarian and were interested in its roots, of course the two Schwarzenegger Conan movies would be the place to start. But if you wish to gain a better understanding of the sword and sorcery craze that swept the '80s, this is the box set for you.
Roger Corman was a producer who always had his finger on the pulse of what was popular and knew the best ways to exploit varying trends. The highlights of Shout! Factory’s latest Corman four-pack are the hilariously inept Deathstalker and The Warrior and the Sorceress starring the late, great David Carradine. Run through all four films in a single sitting and you may find yourself wearing a loincloth by the end of the day.
Special Features Include: Audio Commentaries, Trailers, Deathstalker II director’s cut, and Photo Galleries
A Horrible Way to Die
Company: Anchor Bay
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: September 6th
One of my favorite films of 2010, A Horrible Way to Die is a testament to the power of independent horror films. Sarah just got out of a bad relationship—I mean REALLY bad. Her ex turned out to be a mass murderer and it fell upon her to lead the police to him. Now he’s escaped from prison and is making his way back to her, leaving a trail of bodies in his path.
The ever-escalating suspense, the intriguing story, and the knockout performances by Amy Seimetz and AJ Bowen elevate the bare-bones production to something truly remarkable. The ending of the film is absolutely chilling.
Special Features Include: Audio Commentary featuring Director/Editor Adam Wingard and Writer/Producer Simon Barrett and a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Company: Synapse Films
Release Date: September 13th
Synapse is a company that specializes in almost completely forgotten films. This time around, they bring us the nasty little revenge film, The Exterminator, from 1980. It is entirely unnecessary to go into detail on the plot of this film, partially because it is a paint-by-numbers revenge film and partially because the movie doesn’t trouble itself with trifling things like exposition and character development.
In its place, they have loaded this thing to the gills with wanton violence and destruction. The violence reaches slasher movie levels by the time the titular vigilante is finished. I’m not knocking the film by any means, but it’s definitely for hardcore exploitation fans only. Synapse has done a phenomenal job cleaning up the picture quality and making The Exterminator look better than it ever has before.
Special Features: Original Director’s Cut, Audio Commentary with Director James Glickenhaus, High-Def Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
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Price William of Wales and Catherine Middleton were married this morning at approximately 6 AM Eastern Standard Time, at Westminster Abbey. Present for the ceremony from William's family was Queen Elizabeth II, William's father Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and William's brother Harry. In attendance from Catherine's family was her mother Carole, her father Michael, her sister Pippa, and her brother James. Various celebrities were also present, like Sir Elton John, Rowan Atkinson, David and Victoria Beckham, and Guy Ritchie. Hundreds of members of government and parliament were also there, as were 80 people from Prince William's charities, more than 40 members of foreign royal families, 30 members of defense services.
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Kate did not arrive at Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. Instead, she was transported to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce. She wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, that was hand-made from French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace. She carried a bouquet of gardenias, lily of the valley delphiniums, roses and a sprig of myrtle, and her hair was styled down. She was also wearing Cartier's "Halo" tiara that the Queen loaned to her. Her father walked her down the aisle while "I Was Glad" by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (which was composed for the coronation of William's great-great-great grandfather Edward VII in 1902) was sung by the Chapel Royal Choir. Once she reached the altar, various hymns were sung and the couple recited traditional vows. Then, Prince William put a ring on Kate's finger that (made out of Welsh gold that the Queen gave to William after the couple got engaged). They were pronounced husband and wife in front of 1,900 people and then went to the side of the altar to sing more hymns.
Even though reports indicated that Prince William and Kate planned on spending the night before their wedding together, they opted to be traditional and spend it separately. Kate stayed with her family at the five star Goring Hotel in Belgravia, while Prince William stayed at Clarence House. In terms of what Kate will be called now that she's married into the royal family, experts do not expect her to be called Princess Kate because she was not born into the royal family. Last night, it was revealed that the Queen gave both Prince William and Kate new titles: Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate can additionally be called HRH Princess William of Wales, or HRH Catherine of Wales. But if -- when the Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes King -- Prince William is made the Prince of Wales, then Kate can officially be called HRH Catherine, Princess of Wales (which was William's mother Diana's title).
For the ceremony, Prince William and Kate chose London florist Shane Connolly with decorating Westminster Abbey with extravagant floral arrangements. The center aisle was adorned with trees: six English Field Maples and two Hornbeams (some of which reached as tall as 20 feet) that came straight from the royal estates and were provided by Queen Elizabeth herself. The flowers, which were azaleas, lilacs, rhododendron and wisteria, came from Windsor Great Park and were arranged by Kate's family florist, Emma Sampson.
Of the 1900 people at the ceremony, 650 of them were invited to the Queen's lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, and approximately 300 of those 650 were invited to a dinner at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Charles. Leicestershire-based pastry chef, Fiona Cairns, was selected to provide Prince William and Kate with a wedding cake, which will be a multi-tier fruit cake. The tiers will be encrusted with leaves and flowers like English Roses, Welsh daffodils and Irish shamrocks. Each layer will be coated in brandy-mixed icing.
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Sources: Telegraph, Huffpo, Daily Mail, People, People, Official Royal Wedding, People
Although the royal wedding is in four days, we still don't know a lot about what's going to happen. We don't know what Kate's dress looks like, where the couple is going on their honeymoon, or really any other kind of specifics. The only true things we know at this point are: that the Queen will be there, and that Guy Ritchie, Joss Stone, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, and Rowan Atkinson have all been invited.
But the lack of concrete facts regarding the formal nuptials haven't stopped anyone from speculating as to how crazily Prince William and Kate will celebrate after they've exchanged vows. It's been reported that the couple will throw two receptions (an official one for dignitaries and then another for their family and friends), and English publication The Daily Star claims William and Kate asked Beyoncé and Jay-Z to perform their hit song, "Crazy in Love" at the less-formal party (as a source revealed "both William and Kate are massive fans.") This rumor actually seems more probable than others that have surrounded the couple, as Englishmen and women are acutely aware of how Prince William and Kate aren't keen on adhering to ancient English traditions and have worked especially hard to make their big day more personal than some of the other more stuffy royal weddings.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are both in Europe right now while B promotes "Girls (Who Run the World)," so chances of them dropping in on the festivities are considered especially high (as is an encore of "Bonnie and Clyde").
Source: Daily Star
The Sherlock Holmes moviemaker, who split from Madonna in 2008, started dating Ainsley early last year (10).
Ritchie, who is already father to Madonna's 10-year-old son Rocco and adopted son David, six, will welcome a new baby in September (11), reports Britain's News of the World.
A source tells the publication, "They have been keen to start a family for a while now. They're absolutely made up. We expect to hear wedding bells next year... Jacqui was crying with joy when she found out she's pregnant."
The former couple, which split in 2008 after almost eight years of marriage, is said to be planning to reunite on 25 December (10) for the sake of their son Rocco, Madonna's daughter Lourdes and adopted tots David and Mercy.
But Ritchie's plans have angered his new girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley, who will not be joining her partner, according to Britain's Mail On Sunday.
A source tells the publication, "Jacqui was really looking forward to spending Christmas with her man but is now feeling very much left out in the cold.
"Guy is excited about spoiling his children on Christmas Day. He has told Jacqui he’s spending it with his ex-wife for the sake of the children - but it hasn’t gone down at all well."
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is preparing to wed his pop star girlfriend Katy Perry next month (Oct10), and enjoyed one of his final days as a single man watching his beloved West Ham soccer team beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur with former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher and comic David Walliams.
He was later joined by TV host Jonathan Ross, director Guy Ritchie and rocker Carl Barat for a meal at Gordon Ramsay's posh eaterie The Albion before the group hit the British capital's famous lapdancing bar Stringfellows.
And the funnyman was ecstatic to find he had been given a free reign over the saucy venue by owner Peter Stringfellow.
In a post on his Twitter page, Brand wrote, "West Ham beat Spurs and Stringfellow just told me to 'do what you like'; truly I am the Duke of Essex."
Sam Mendes has become the frontrunner to direct Oz the Great and Powerful, Production Weekly said via Twitter yesterday.
Robert Downey Jr. is said to be circling the role of the Wizard. Playlist reports that details are scarce, but that the project is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and is based on a script by Mitchell Kapner.
With Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli putting "Bond 23" on hold, Mendes is freed up from that project but Downey Jr. has an upcoming schedule that includes Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2 and most likely Joss Whedon's The Avengers early next year.
Last month, The Los Angeles Times reported that Joe Roth was developing a movie called Brick that delves into how the Wizard came to sit behind the curtain. That screenplay was drafted by Kapner, basing it on pieces from several other L. Frank Baum Oz books as well as his original ideas, said the LAT at the time.
The former Boomtown Rats rocker is one of several stars who ploughed cash into a scheme offering tax-relief to film investors.
And his backing of James Cameron's 3-D epic has paid off - he will net an estimated $80,000 (£50,000) profit from the movie's success.
Geldof says, "Thank you very much for the good news. I haven't seen the film yet, but I will now that I own a brief second of it. I've got even more incentive to go see it."
Soccer star David Beckham, director Guy Ritchie, and musician Peter Gabriel also signed up to invest in Avatar.
Robert Downey, Jr., who plays the supersleuth in Ritchie's new movie adaption, recently appeared on David Letterman's U.S. talk show and hinted at a homoerotic subtext in the relationship between his character and Jude Law's Dr. Watson.
During the interview the actor also asked the audience to decide whether Holmes is "a very butch homosexual."
But Downey, Jr.'s comments have infuriated Andrea Plunket, who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story, and she's threatened to withdraw permission for a follow-up if Ritchie suggests the detective is more than just friends with his sidekick.
She says, "I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books."