Lions Gate via Everett Collection
When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
Follow @Michael Arbeiter
| Follow @Hollywood_com
Imagine a world in which Aaron Sorkin wrote all of Obama’s speeches. Pocket-sized American flag sales would sky-rocket and everyone would walk around drooling with patriotism. Now I’m not suggesting that I wish our real president was replaced by one of his cinematic counterparts but I am proposing that the following fake leaders of the free world would be good company at an ale house.
Kevin Kline in Dave
Full disclosure, I'd want to drink with Kevin Kline no matter what role he's playing, but as Dave, the Jimmy Stewart-esque mensch, I'd especially love to buy him a round of Sam Adams and get his views on all the ways he'd make America a sweeter place.
Michael Douglas in The American President
As a silver-fox widower, Douglas croons to Sorkin’s fast-cracking dialogue as he woos Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). He's commanding, he's likeable, and he's so downright sexy that I'd become a lobbyist just share a scotch with him.
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
The kind of multi-tasking ruler who can remember to tape his alma mater's football game while he executes diplomacy in Russia, would make for a pretty stellar darts partner.
Bill Pullman in Independence Day
President Whitmore is the ultimate man's man – a combat pilot who's not afraid to get his hands dirty (or die for that matter). Give him a shot of Jameson and watch him save the world.
John Travolta in Primary Colors
Because I just want to meet Bill Clinton.
Hugh Grant in Love Actually
Technically he was the prime minister and not a president but the way he served it to Sling Blade in the most overt diss to Bush was pretty empowering. Plus, getting him liquored up might lead to another impromptu Pointer Sisters dance party.
Aaron Eckhart in Olympus Has Fallen
Sure, he spends most of his reign as Potus mourning the loss of his hot wife, and trapped in a bunker, but he's a fab father and he doesn't succumb to terrorist demands. Not only would I buy him a beer, but I'd bring him a bevy of single women to audition for his second first wife.
More:Dakota Johnson and Her Stunt Double: Spot the DifferenceThe Craziest Fan ArmiesPrince Harry is Not Impressed
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
"Seeing fireworks" is the pinnacle in forging a romantic connection... and sealing it with a kiss. So this Fourth of July, cuddle up with someone special — or someone pretty regular whom you met at the barbecue earlier, anyone will do, really — and pucker up under the actual fireworks. Because, when it all comes down to it, there's nothing more romantic than a cliché.
But first, glean inspiration from these iconic moments from TV and movies (yes, in my book Full House is iconic).
TO CATCH A THIEFNo one is classier or more elegant than Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and watching them kiss while fireworks explode outside their window in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 classic is the epitome of romance.
SUMMERTIME Things heat up between Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi on the balcony under the fireworks in 1955's Summertime.
THE RETURN OF THE JEDIWhile fireworks boom over the Forest Moon of Endor, Han Solo and Leia celebrate their blooming relationship as well as the death of the Emperor with a fireside smooch.
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANSThere might not be any actual kissing under the fireworks, but the handholding seen at the 8-minute mark is about as steamy as things got on screen in 1927.
ADVENTURELANDFast-forward nearly a hundred years, and fireworks are still getting couples in the mood. Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg head to a more secluded location for their fireworks-fueled makeout in Adventureland.
FULL HOUSEEveryone is kissing under the fireworks in this clip from the best Full House episode ever — the gang's trip to Disney World. But someone really should have told Danny that while fireworks proposals are nice and all, he still needs to get down on one knee.
Follow Abbey On Twitter @Abbeystone | Follow Hollywood.Com On Twitter @Hollywood_Com
More:Fourth of July Should Provide Box Office Fireworks4th of July Fun: Iconic American Foods in Iconic American FilmsCan You Recognize These Superheroes in the Lone Ranger's Mask?
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
Mexican actor/singer Christian Chavez's ex-boyfriend has been granted a restraining order against the star following their arrest last month (Apr13). Chavez and his former partner Ben Stewart-Kruger were taken into custody in California after they were involved in an altercation.
They were booked on felony charges but the Los Angeles District Attorney has declined to prosecute the couple due to a lack of evidence.
After the incident, Stewart-Kruger filed documents in court asking a judge to grant him a protective order against Chavez, claiming he tried to kill him during their bust-up.
In documents, he writes, "(Christian) attacked me, broke down bathroom door, armed with knife, attempted murder (sic)."
A judge has granted him a temporary restraining order, which prohibits the star from coming within 100 yards of Stewart-Kruger, according to TMZ.com.
We can’t help it; it’s become ingrained in all of us. We hear the first few bars of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy or hear some rambunctious cowboy-type spout “yippee ki yay,” and our thoughts immediately turn to Die Hard.
John McClane embarks on his fifth (mis)adventure this week in John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard. This time around, John is in Russia and ends up inadvertently teaming with his son Jack to stop a nuclear weapon from falling into the hands of some very unsavory characters. What is it about this series and this character that hasallowed him to remain alive and well in the imaginations of audiences 25 years after the first film? To understand the longevity of this franchise, it is important to not only to analyze the appeal of the first film, but also to understand how its defining characteristics have been stretched, altered, and redefined.
Ordinary Guy Extraordinary Situation
Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart were Alfred Hitchcock’s go-to leads for many years. Why? Because they embodied his prototypical hero; the ordinary man in the extraordinary situation.
Bruce Willis as John McClane is simply the action movie iteration of that same character. While he too is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, contemporary audiences connect with him because he is not as passive or out of his element as Hitch’s heroes. His law enforcement training casts him in a natural protector role that compels him to forge headlong into trouble. This has been a threadline through all four existing movies.
RELATED: Naughty or Nice: 'Die Hard' Vs. 'Reindeer Games
It’s ironic that the new film is called A Good Day to Die Hard, given that John McClane hasn’t had a good day in quite some time. The guy has terrible luck, and though it may seem absurd how often these things keep happening to him, on some level, we relate to his seeming inability to catch a break. Additionally, what we like about John is that, again pursuant to his status as a regular guy, he gets hurt in the line of duty. And this is not the single flesh wound of most action heroes. By the end of all the Die Hard films, McClane is bruised and bleeding profusely. By the closing credits of Die Hard with a Vengeance, for instance, McClane looks like the lone survivor of a horror film.
Even Live Free or Die Hard, which is the most widely reviled sequel, saw McClane physically decimated by the end. The problem however is that Live Free or Die Hard pushed the envelope as to what McClane was able to survive, bloodied or otherwise. All of a sudden, he could surf fighter jets and walk away from fifty-foot plummets onto concrete overpasses. He also began inexplicably throwing cars at helicopters. Die Hard 2, arguably the second weakest entry, may have involved a few overzealous stunts, and the fall from the cable onto the cargo ship in Die Hard with a Vengeance may have been a bit over-the-top, but there is only so much disbelief we can be required to suspend with this character.
So Funny It Hurts
One of the things we have loved about these movies from day one is John McClane’s wry sense of humor. Even when he is in dire situations, he still manages to trade insulting jabs with the bad guys. McClaine is also unsure of his own means. He would often be heard quipping, “this is a bad idea,” whenever attempting some makeshift explosive or leap into a dangerous situation with barely a look beforehand. It was a subtle note of self-effacing humility that has underscored each and every entry.
RELATED: 'A Good Day to Die Hard': Bruce Willis Is Not the Hugging-Type — Trailer
This emphasis on comedy to lend personality has also been evident in the franchise’s supporting cast. Though also providing some of the film’s most heartfelt interaction, Die Hard’s Sgt. Al Powell provided a wonderful comic complement to Willis’ otherwise solitary hero. Reginald VelJohnson’s outside-looking-in beat cop didn’t even enter the Nakatomi tower, but he is regardless an indelible part of this series. Powell was brought back for a cameo in Die Hard 2. Furthering that trait, to a rather diminished effect, McClane was aided by a janitor named Marvin later in Die Hard 2.
It was in Die Hard with a Vengeance that this concept was extrapolated into the creation of an actual sidekick who accompanied McClane through the whole movie. Samuel L. Jackson played off Willis so well that the franchise skirted what could have been a tumble into the generic buddy cop film rut. This trend would also explain Justin Long’s presence in Live Free or Die Hard, though his spastic hacker sidekick was a poor complement to McClane and only served to emphasize the fact that the villains went from formidable terrorists/thieves to jumped-up Best Buy employees. Hopefully John’s own son will offer a fitting counterbalance to his antics in A Good Day to Die Hard.
Next: Opening Up the World of Die Hard… for Better or Worse
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]
The Accordion Effect
When academics breakdown the appeal of the first Die Hard, the word that comes up without fail is claustrophobia. The action in that 1988 disasterpiece was confined to a single high-rise building, but charted as much destruction as certain smaller war films. The problem with sequelizing a film like Die Hard is that the dogma of sequels dictates that each new movie must be of a grander scale than the previous entry. How do you make Die Hard bigger while still maintaining that closed-in feeling? In Die Hard 2, we stretch out only slightly from the Nakatomi high-rise to Washington D.C.’s airport. Then, Renny Harlin added a blizzard to the proceedings to successfully sever that airport from the outside world.
Die Hard with a Vengeance is the most interesting film in this respect. Now, McClane’s arena for battling violent heist men spans the entirety of the city of New York. With a setting that expansive, how could the returning John McTiernan possibly replicate the Die Hard formula? Simple. This was the first time we were seeing McClane on his home turf; having been a displaced lawman in the previous two films. That territoriality helps anchor him, confine him if you will, to the proceedings. There was also the highly personal aspect of Jeremy Irons playing Hans Gruber’s brother that locked him into the conflict.
RELATED: See Snapshots from the "A Good Day to Die Hard" Mural Unveiling
This is where Live Free or Die Hard failed. McClane was again out of his element, and the setting needlessly wide with no mitigating, anchoring components. This also represents the biggest challenge for A Good Day to Die Hard. McClane could not be more out of his element in Russia, so it falls upon the writers to create a sense of confinement even within that enormous foreign city. The bottle can be as big as you want it to be, but it still has to feel like a bottle.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Taking all these elements into account, we can postulate where the franchise may go for the recently announced Die Hard 6; that is, based on Willis’ recent statement that there will be another. Perhaps it’s time for McClane to go back to Nakatomi. He will have strayed so far at that point that a direct return to the roots of the series may be just what we need. Let’s say he’s hired to help develop new security measures for the building, which is being renovated again after twenty-five years. His wife still works for Nakatomi, presenting an opportunity for another reunion, and is once again in the building when a simulated hostage scenario becomes horrifyingly real. However, this time John is outside the skyscraper when this goes down, and a brash young upstart cop, one who idolizes McClane, is the man on the inside. John uses his expertise to guide our new hero through the drastic situation; becoming himself the Al Powell character.
RELATED: Like Fine Wine: 6 Actors Who Owned Their (Older) Ages
It’s a self-aware conceit, our young hero could experience all the same physical trauma as he’s caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the interaction between the older version of McClane and the new hero would be ripe for comedic banter. This could also represent a nice passing-of-the-torch moment. Not to say the franchise would need to continue with the younger cop in the lead, but instead effectively bookend the turbulent cinematic career of Detective John McClane.
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox (2)]
From Our Partners:
Pregnant Kate Middleton Bikini Pics Spark Palace Anger (Celebuzz)
50 Steamiest Movie Kisses of All Time (Moviefone)
As if we needed any more proof that America was mad for the CIA in 2012, Saturday night's Producers Guid Awards gave further credibility to the mania by handing out some of its highest honors to Ben Affleck's fake-CIA-movie film, Argo and Showtime's jazzy runaway hit, Homeland.
The guild's 24th annual awards for excellence in film, television, and digital media were announced during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Argo's snapping up of top film honors (the Darryl F. Zanuck Award) puts it at the forefront of the Oscar race for Best Picture. The PGAs have a fairly decent track record when it comes to selecting the film that takes home Academy Award gold — 73% accuracy, to be exact, which includes the 5-year streak the Guild has been on since 2008.
Homeland secured itself yet another gold for Best Drama Series during the night as well, reminding us all (yet again) that we love a jazzy biopolar super-CIA-genius more than anything else. (Especially if it involves Mandy Patinkin!) For an agency so shrouded in secrecy and mystery, it sure is popping up in our entertainment a heck of a lot.
But there was more than just covert operations and genius secret agents winning awards: both Brothers Weinstein (Bob and Harvey) accepted the Milestone Award in a teary-eyed speech from presenters Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro, and Robert Rodriguez. Future Star Wars helmer J.J. Abrams also accepted an award of his own: the Norman Lear Achievement Award. Not too shabby for a man with undoubtedly much of his already-impressive career still ahead of him
Check out the full list of winners, below!
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Argo (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer: Clark Spencer
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
Game Change (HBO)
Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Steven Shareshian, Danny Strong
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy
Modern Family (ABC)
Producers: Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
American Masters (PBS)
Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
Outstanding Sports Program
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Outstanding Children’s Program
Sesame Street (PBS)
Outstanding Digital Series
30 Rock: The Webisodes
[Photo Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage]
Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes
Sundance Awards: 'Fruitvale' Is 2013's First Oscar Contender
J.J. Abrams Officially Handed 'Star Wars: Episode 7' By George Lucas
Julian Assange Obtains Leaked WikiLeaks Movie Script, Because Of Course He Does
You Might Also Like:
J. J. Abrams and ‘Star Wars’: Has the Lightsaber Been Passed to the Right Director?
100 Hottest Women of the Century: PICS
For all intents and purposes, in the late night fake news comedy world Jon Stewart and The Daily Show would be President. They have the prime 11 PM time slot, the accolades, the stoic charm of a great leader like the President. Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report, on the other hand, would be the Vice President, as they directly follow the "Prez", they don't get nearly the same amount of recognition, and they're a little bit more of a wild card like the Veep.
But that all changed yesterday during the coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. While the POTUS was sworn in for the second time (well technically the third as Colbert pointed out, "now to get rid of him we have to impeach him twice") The Colbert Report host had his own swearing in on even more bibles. Re-inaugurating himself as "the commander-in-opposing-the-chief", Colbert once again solidified himself as the funniest wallop of the one-two punch that is Comedy Central's finest programming.
Colbert's sharp-witted, rapid-fire jokes, from his names for the POTUS ("Hollywood Hussein") and Mitt Romney ("Dip Chutney") to his own poet laureate-worthy poem ("There once was a man named Barack, whose re-election came as a shock/ He raised taxes I pay and then turned marriage gay/ And now he's coming after your glock") not only makes him the funniest man in late night, but continually the most daring. Stewart and The Daily Show still call bulls**t on cable news and politics, but Colbert is the only one that truly turns it on its side and exposes them for the farce that they are. And he's still looks like he's having a blast while doing it. Watch Colbert's brilliant inauguration coverage from last night's episode below: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive While The Colbert Show was clearly the comedy victor, that's not to say The Daily Show didn't have some hilarious moments of its own. It didn't hurt that the media frenzy over First Lady Michelle Obama's bangs, George Stephanopoulos' embarrassing blooper (he mistook Bill Russell for Morgan Freeman) and even the President's own live television flub practically lobbed comedy homeruns their way. But the series didn't squander their opportunity. Heck, they even got Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor on as their guest just hours after she swore in Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. (As Stewart cracked, "The hardest part of swearing in Biden is explaining that you dont actually get to swear.") Watch The Daily Show's coverage of the inauguration here: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook [Photo credit: Comedy Central] More:
Inauguration 2013: Lupe Fiasco Escorted Off-Stage at Concert Following Anti-Obama Rant
Stephen Colbert's Sister Running For Congress: Should He Get Involved? Highlights From Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly's Debate
From Our Partners:
Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
1. A slew of stars were given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch on its tour around the U.K. over the summer, but not everyone was granted the opportunity to run with the flame ahead of the London 2012 Games - who missed out on the occasion?
a. Daniel Radcliffe
b. Sir Patrick Stewart
c. James McAvoy
2. Which country was Tom Cruise filming in when Katie Holmes filed for divorce?
3. Which Baldwin brother took legal action against Kevin Costner amid allegations he was cheated out of profits after selling his shares in an oil filtering business?
4. In August, actress Jennifer Aniston got engaged to Justin Theroux, her co-star in which movie?
a. Horrible Bosses
c. He's Just Not That Into You
5. Saucy summer blockbuster Magic Mike was based on which actor's real-life experiences as a stripper?
a. Joe Manganiello
b. Matthew McConaughey
c. Channing Tatum
6. In July, actress Kristen Stewart confessed to an "indiscretion" with the director of which of her films?
a. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
b: Snow White and the Huntsman
c. The Runaways
7. Which celebrity couple got married in 2012 without first getting engaged?
a. Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
b. Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
c. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
8. Actress Kristin Chenoweth was critically injured on the set of which hit U.S. TV show last summer?
b. The Good Wife
c. Hot in Cleveland
9. What is the name of the actor Sienna Miller welcomed her first child with in 2012?
a) Jude Law
b) Tom Sturridge
c) Rhys Ifans
10. Sally Field had to beg Steven Spielberg for an audition to play Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd in the critically acclaimed biopic Lincoln. Why?
a) She was too old
b) She was too fat
c) She was too famous
11. What was the name of Daniel Radcliffe's first feature film release of 2012 following the end of the Harry Potter franchise?
a. The Lady in Red
b. The Woman in Black
c. Lady Jane Grey
12. Which famous British actor took on a starring role in the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony reciting verses from William's Shakespeare's The Tempest?
a. Hugh Grant
b. Rowan Atkinson
c. Kenneth Branagh
13. Which Hollywood star married actor Adam Shulman in California in September?
a. Natalie Portman
b. Miley Cyrus
c. Anne Hathaway
14. Halle Berry lost a bitter custody battle with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over their daughter in November. What is their child's name?
15. This Hollywood hunk can normally be found fighting for a good cause but in 2012 he was chosen as the rather unusual frontman for Chanel's signature fragrance, Chanel No5. Who is he?
a. Brad Pitt
b. Colin Farrell
c. George Clooney
16. Which actress despaired that she 'looked like her gay brother' after an extreme transformation for a movie role?
a. Penelope Cruz
b. Anne Hathaway
c. Jennifer Lawrence
17. Which actress named her new baby daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence?
a. Tina Fey
b. Uma Thurman
c. Jemima Kirke
18. Which British royal was hospitalised during the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee?
a. Charles, Prince of Wales
b. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
c. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
19. Which TV legend was laid to rest four months after losing his battle with cancer?
a. Sherman Hemsley
b. Dick Clark
c. Larry Hagman
20. What is the name of the 2012 Bond movie?
21. Jennifer Lawrence played the lead role in movie hit The Hunger Games. What was her character's name?
22. Which film won the Oscar for Best Picture?
b. The Artist
23. Which film star did NOT get married in 2012?
a. Matthew McConaughey
b. Daniel Craig
c. Anne Hathaway
24. British actress Carey Mulligan married which member of musical group Mumford and Sons in April?
a. Marcus Mumford
b. Ben Lovett
c. Ted Dwane
25. Name the only surviving member of the original cast of Dallas who was not part of the hit TV drama's 2012 reboot.
a. Charlene Tilton
b. Steve Kanaly
c. Victoria Principal
26. Which veteran porn star has been immortalised in two movie biopics due out this year?
a. Linda Lovelace
b. Ron Jeremy
c. Sasha Grey
27. Which moody movie star was dramatically rescued by coast guard workers after becoming stranded during a kayaking trip off the coast of New York in September?
a. Colin Farrell
b. Dustin Hoffman
c. Russell Crowe
28. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese joined forces again in 2012 to shoot their fifth movie project - but what is the name of the new film, due for release this year?
a. The Beast of Broadway
b. The Monster of Manhattan
c. The Wolf of Wall Street
29. Which movie won the coveted Palme d'Or prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival?
c. The Paperboy
30. In November, movie hardman Sylvester Stallone launched a stage musical version of which of his famous film franchises?
c. The Expendables
If you've ever wondered what Hugh Grant is really like, Jon Stewart thinks he has a good idea after the British star appeared on his show back in 2009.
Stewart recalls the Daily Show appearance while talking with Stephen Colbert, "He's giving everyone sh-t the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a--." Because of that, he says, he has banned the guy he dubs his least-favorite guest. "And we've had dictators on the show."
Grant was on the program to promote his box office bomb, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, where he starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. But the actor was unhappy with the clip the studio sent. "What is that clip? It's a terrible clip." To which the quick-witted host replied, "Well, then make a better f--kin' movie."
[Photo Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN]
Hugh Grant on Acting in 'Pirates!': 'Alone in My Kitchen, Experimenting With Voices'
Hugh Grant Almost Replaced Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'
Rom-Coms Without Rom or Com
From Our Partners:
Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
Brooke Mueller Overdose? Rep Speaks About New Drama For Charlie Sheen’s Ex
The funnyman and long-time host has revealed the British actor was his most unpleasant guest - and he will not be inviting him back.
He made the announcement during an interview with fellow comedian Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey last week (ends07Dec12), after opening up about his 2009 encounter with Grant, who was booked on the show to promote his film Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Stewart recalled, "He's giving everyone s**t the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a**."
The comedian was particularly upset when the movie star criticised the movie clip Stewart showed as the actor walked out onstage in the studio.
Stewart added, "(He said), 'What is that clip? It's a terrible clip'. Well, then make a better f**king movie."
The comic then told Colbert he would "never" have Grant back on his show.
Hearing he'd been banned from The Daily Show, Grant attempted to make amends via Twitter.com, writing, "Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09. Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking."