The actor was due to perform seven shows of "music and laughter" in several British cities throughout February (12) and March (12), but seats for the events sold slowly.
Hasselhoff's Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts took to Twitter.com last week (end15Jan12) to warn the shows would be cancelled if his fans didn't buy tickets, writing, "Get ur (your) tickets this min (minute) or he av2 (has to) cancel."
Now her fears have come true after the TV star was forced to axe most of the trek, apart from one show in London on 2 March (12)
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "It's no secret tickets didn't sell as well as David would have hoped and it was decided it was for the best to cancel most of the dates. But he is still really excited about the London event and can't wait to see all his fans there."
A massive hit never ends at its own conclusion for better or worse. Lost Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland The Blair Witch Project and other pop culture milestones spawned plenty of imitators of wavering quality that trickled on to screens until the phenomena tapered off. Joyful Noise the new film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton is one these auxiliary creative endeavors a direct descendant of the cheeky drama/comedy/musical hybrid Glee. But instead of teenage issues and pop covers Joyful Noise swaps in familial struggles gospel tunes and a sizable serving of Christian faith. The combination results in a movie that lacks the jazz hand energy of Glee but packs good-natured laughs to keep someone awake for its two hour duration. More "noise" than "joyful."
Mere minutes after the passing away of choir leader Bernie Vi Rose (Latifah) inherits the position—along with a serving of negative vibes from Bernie's wife G.G. (Parton) who was hoping to take the job herself. The new responsibility is only the beginning of Vi Rose's troubles as she attempts to balance her rebellious daughter Olivia's (Keke Palmer) raging hormones her son Walter's (Dexter Darden) Asperger's syndrome her husband's absence during a military stint and her own old school God-faring ways. Hardships are whipped into further chaos upon the arrival of Randy G.G.'s rambunctious horny grandson who shows up at rehearsal with an eye on Olivia and undeniable vocal skills. Randy's rock and roll edge is readily embraced by the group but even with the national gospel championship on the line Vi Rose isn't ready to toss tradition aside.
Joyful Noise is a mixed bag sporadically entertaining when director Todd Graff (Camp Bandslam) lets his two commanding stars flex their comedic muscles or belt soulful tunes. Latifah and Parton can do both with ease—Latifah has a natural charm while Parton essentially fills the "kooky Betty White" here—but instead of letting the two fly Graff breaks up the action with overwrought drama and bizarre side character stories. The script injects a lot of ideas into the picture—loss of faith modernizing ideologies coping with tragedy sexuality under the eye of God—but every tender moment is fumbled. A gut-wrenching conversation between Vi Rose and her autistic son should have weight and the actors do their best but the material doesn't service the emotional complexity of the scenario. Instead it opts to cut to a musical number. Another sequence involving the overnight demise of another character is even played for comedy even when it causes one woman to question her beliefs.
Thank God for the musical numbers which have enough energy to brush the flimsier moments under the rug. The Glee-inspired pop tune covers (Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror " Usher's "Yeah"—both tailored with religious modifications) aren't nearly as interesting or powerful as the straight-up gospel songs. But unlike the tunes Joyful Noise doesn't have rhyme or reason. A mishmash of played out character stereotypes narrative cliches and enjoyable but erratic music the movie feels more like a cash-in than it should. Latifah and Parton are a sizzling duo but the vehicle built for them is a clunker. As Vi Rose might say the only way to have a great time at Joyful Noise is to believe. Really really hard.
Zooey Deschanel's career may be hitting an all-time high, but sadly the same can't be said about her love life. If you recall, a rep for the actress announced last November that Deschanel was separating from her husband, Ben Gibbard (frontman of Death Can For Cutie), after being together for two years. Well now, she's decided to make it permanent by filing for a divorce. According to documents obtained by TMZ, the New Girl star lists "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, but insists that they're still on friendly terms. Or at least as friendly as you can get in situations like these, I suppose. - TMZ
It turns out Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver may not be looking to rekindle their romance after all. Recently, Shriver was seen sporting a ring on that finger, which fueled rumors that a reconciliation was well underway for the celebrity couple. But People magazine reports that the bling seen on Shriver's left hand was actually her late mother's engagement ring and has nothing to do with Arnold at all. Shriver was just extremely close to her mother and has been wearing the ring since her death in August 2009. Additionally, a source close to the couple assures us that, "The reports of a reconciliation are not true." Now, I guess we can go back to worrying about more important things. - People
And this brings me to Emma Roberts and her decision to defer her enrollment at Sarah Lawrence College. So what caused this rather abrupt decision? According to Us Weekly, Roberts' rep explained the situation, saying, "She is taking time off to shoot two films." As you know, the actress began her freshman year last Sept. 2011, meaning that she's only been at the college for one full semester. So, you know, clearly she deserves a break. - US
The actor usually enjoys the festive season at his California home, but this year (11) he's agreed to leave the U.S. for a different kind of holiday season.
Both Hasselhoff and Roberts can't wait for him to experience a traditional British Christmas - including gift-packed 'crackers' and paper 'crowns' - and they're hoping for a snowy scene to complete the picture.
Hasselhoff says, "I have never experienced a Welsh Christmas and Hayley tells me her mum is nervous about cooking dinner for me. My own mother has passed away, but every Christmas I looked forward to her food, which was amazing. I have no idea what to expect in the U.K.."
Roberts adds, "I can't wait to watch him open all his presents. And to see him in his cracker hat - they don't have Christmas crackers in California, so that'll be a new experience for him. I'm going to make him wear it all through dinner."
The Pretty Woman star admits she had never heard of the British star until a hairdresser friend urged the actress to check out her new album and upon hearing it, Roberts admits she became an immediate fan.
The Oscar winner says, "I thought, 'How have I lived my whole life without knowing what she sounds like singing?' It's that kind of voice.
"Someone Like You is probably everyone's favourite (song), but I just love it. And I love the video - she looks so gorgeous, rocking her eyeliner. Adele's music is so personal that you get invested in her life."
The actress admits she is also concerned about Adele's vocal problems, which prompted the singer to scrap a U.S. tour this year (11) and undergo surgery on her throat last month (Nov11).
She adds, "When Adele had her health scare, I had random people saying to me, 'Oh my God, did you hear about Adele...?' It really made me think, 'We all have a real investment here'.
"We feel like Adele's in our book club or she lives in our neighbourhood - and that's a gift, to make people feel that way."
The new issue of the publication also features a tribute to actress Viola Davis, written by her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep, a piece on Brad Pitt by his The Fight Club director David Fincher and articles glowing about Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone by Steve Carell and Woody Harrelson, respectively.
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
A sequel to the breathtaking 2010 Adam Sandler vehicle Grown Ups is currently in the works.
Grown Ups, which also starred Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, was another (inexplicable) Sandler blockbuster, grossing over $160 million.
Fred Wolf, who co-wrote Grown Ups with Sandler as well as other gems like Joe Dirt and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, has been brought on by Sony to pen the sequel, but there's no word yet on whether the Sand Man or any of his cohorts will reprise their roles.
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The former Baywatch star has been dating Welsh beauty Roberts since they met on the set of U.K. star-searching show Britain's Got Talent earlier this year (11).
She is currently living with him at his home in sunny California, but she's desperately missing the traditional wintry run-up to Christmas - so Hasselhoff surprised her with a festive mansion makeover while they were out for dinner one evening.
Roberts tells Hello! magazine, "Because it's so sunny in Los Angeles, I hadn't been feeling Christmassy at all and was missing the build-up we have at home. David and I went out for dinner and while we were gone he arranged for the house to be decorated as a surprise."
Hasselhoff adds, "I had 10 guys do it. When we pulled up at the gate and Hayley saw the house all lit up, her jaw dropped. And when we stepped inside, she went, 'Wow!' There was Christmas music playing, a revolving tree and a roaring fire. She looked so excited."
The former Baywatch star met the blonde in her native Cardiff, Wales while he was in the city filming for Britain's Got Talent in April (11).
Hasselhoff has since engineered a series of bizarre proposals, including popping the question during a bungee jump and while the couple swam in shark-infested waters - but he insists he was joking every time.
Hasselhoff tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "If she had said yes I would probably have choked. It started off as a bit of fun between us, but I put something on Twitter and it went all over the world, so it's become a bit of a joke."
Roberts adds, "I honestly believe he would go into shock if I said yes because I don't think his proposals have been serious. If he was genuine about it, he'd plan something really romantic and get me a ring, not do it in a crazy way."