Tobey Maguire's daughter delighted guests at rocker Linda Perry and actress Sara Gilbert's wedding on Sunday (30Mar14) by taking to the stage to perform a song for the newlyweds. The couple exchanged vows in Malibu, California over the weekend and Juliette Lewis, Steven Tyler, Spider-Man star Maguire and Gilbert's The Talk co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Julie Chen were all in attendance.
According to reports, the ceremony was more like a rock concert, with performances from 1980s artists including Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella Lwin, Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio, The Motels' Martha Davis and Terri Nun from Berlin, but the highlight of the show came when Maguire's seven-year-old daughter Ruby hit the stage to belt out a cover of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun, reports TMZ.com.
Former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Perry also showed off her musical talents by teaming up with Nun to sing Berlin's Sex (I'm A...) hit.
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
After Amy Winehouse's parents identified her body at the St Pancras Coroner's Court in North London today, coroner Sharon Duff reported that an investigation will launched on October 26th into the singer's death on July 23rd. This means that even though an autopsy was performed, a cause of death will not be released at this time.
In a statement made this morning, Duff said "I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse aged 27, born on the 14th of September 1983 in London. She was a divorced woman living in Camden Square NW1. She was certified dead at her home by a paramedic and a doctor on July 23rd. She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St Pancras this morning. A section 20 post mortem has been carried out and a histology and toxicology taken to determine the cause of death. The scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious."
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the coroner's performance of a "section 20 post mortem" indicates that "there is reasonable cause to suspect that a person has died a violent or unnatural death or in any other way which would require an inquest." It also suggests that authorities have the intention of inquiring further as to the circumstances that led to Winehouse's death -- and so even if we think her past behavior and addictions make it likely that she overdosed on drugs, authorities seem uncomfortable addressing that possibility without eliminating every other possible reason for her death.
In the mean time, Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway said she has agreed to the formal launch of an investigation into Winehouse's death, and that she issued interim certificates so that the family could begin planning a funeral.
The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.
As he sits out his house arrest awaiting possible extradition to the US, Roman Polanski has filed a complaint of his own: The director is suing photographers for a little over $1 million after claiming his privacy has been invaded.
The complaint, filed in Paris, claims Polanski's family has been harassed by cameramen in their chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.
In a test case which will have worldwide implications, The Telegraph reported, Polanksi's lawyers will argue that even a self-confessed sex offender on bail has a right to privacy, especially as he is staying with his wife and their two teenage children.
The photographs of the family were taken on public land outside the chalet, but French privacy laws are among the strictest in the world.
Even paparazzi shots taken on public beaches and in shopping areas are often considered a breach of the law, although damages remain low.
Polanski previously won a high-profile libel case in London against Vanity Fair in 2005 when it was found the magazine had defamed him by publishing claims that he tried to seduce a model soon after his wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Charles Manson gang.
The current Polanski privacy case will be held in Paris on Jan. 12.
Swiss authorities have said they will announce a decision in January on whether Polanski will be extradited to the US.
Top Story: Paltrow and Martin Apply for Marriage License
Looks like wedding bells may soon ring for Coldplay front man Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who is expecting the couple's first child this summer, The Associated Press reports. The couple applied for a marriage license in Santa Barbara County, Entertainment Tonight reported Friday, while Mary Rose Bryson, a supervisor in the county recorder division, told AP the couple hadn't requested a public marriage license; however, she did say some licenses are granted confidentially and must be used in Santa Barbara County within 90 days. Paltrow has been dating the British singer for a year and both have been reticent about publicly discussing their relationship.
Affiliates Refused To Show Sharpton's SNL Stint
Several NBC affiliates did not carry last weekend's Saturday Night Live hosted by Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton for fear it would fall under the federal "equal time" provision and compel them to offer airtime to the eight other Democrats running for president, AP reports. NBC told AP 23 of its 230 affiliated stations had said they were considering not running SNL. The network did not have a final count Sunday on how many stations did not air it.
Jackson Considering Hobbit
At the European premiere in Berlin of his third and final installment The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, director Peter Jackson said he'd like to direct The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the Rings trilogy set 50 years earlier, Reuters reports. If he could resolve the complex rights issues, Jackson told reporters, "I'd be interested in doing it because I think it would give continuity to the overall chapter." While many of the lead Rings characters do not appear in The Hobbit story, the wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, and Gollum, the cave dweller corrupted by the powerful ring, do and should, Jackson said.
"Godfather of Soul" Honored
The Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to R&B icon James Brown Sunday, AP reports, where rapper LL Cool J said Brown "broke down mental and social barriers and made it possible for me, a black kid from Queens, to stand in front of presidents and say, 'Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud.'" The Kennedy Center also honored country singer Loretta Lynn, violinist Itzhak Perlman, comedian Carol Burnett and director Mike Nichols.
Winfrey and Late Show Don't Mix
Oprah Winfrey won't be making an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman any time soon. AP reports for its Dec. 15 issue, Winfrey told Time magazine, "Both times I was sort of like the butt of his jokes. I felt completely uncomfortable sitting in that chair, and I vowed I would not ever put myself in that position again." Letterman has made several references to Winfrey on his show, especially in his desire to be a guest on her daytime program.
Bachelorette No More
Trista Rehn, star of ABC's reality program The Bachelorette, finally wed her man Ryan Sutter Saturday in a million-dollar wedding near Palm Springs, Calif., Reuters reports. The couple exchanged vows in front of television cameras and 300 guests, including some of the bride's former suitors from The Bachelorette. ABC will air the two-hour wedding special on Dec. 10.
Ozzy Blames Pills for Being Spaced Out
Rock star and MTV icon Ozzy Osbourne says he was "wiped out" on prescription medications during his dazed performances on his MTV reality show and in public. Osbourne told the Los Angeles Times he took as many as 42 pills a day, including Valium, while being treated by a Beverly Hills doctor. "I was wiped out on pills," Osbourne told the newspaper. "I couldn't talk. I couldn't walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night afraid I might not wake up." Osbourne and wife Sharon said they fired the doctor in August after paying $650,000 in medical bills since June 2002, Reuters reports.
Movie Piracy Becomes Law
You'll be officially breaking the law in California if you sneak a camcorder into a movie theater. AP reports the new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will allow moviegoers to make a citizen's arrest if they see someone in a theater with a recording device. Signs will also be posted at all Los Angeles County theaters notifying patrons of the new law. People convicted under the law could be subject to a maximum one year in jail and a fine of $2,500, AP reports.
Role Call: Sandler Clicks on Next Comedy
Adam Sandler has signed on to do Click, a comedy for Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a workaholic architect who finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to make the decisions for him.