Actor Rupert Friend and athlete-turned-model Aimee Mullins are engaged to be married. The Homeland star was Mullins' escort to the L'Oreal Paris's Women of Worth awards on Tuesday night (02Dec14), and as she was introduced as one of the honourees, host and U.S. TV personality Mika Brzezinski let it slip that the happy couple is set to tie the knot.
A source tells People magazine Brzezinski "gave her a congratulatory shout-out when calling her up to the stage, which prompted a ton of applause from the audience."
The insider adds, "It was really sweet because Aimee was tight-lipped about it earlier in the night, not wanting to take attention from the honourees."
Mullins and Friend, who split from actress Keira Knightley after a five-year relationship in 2011, have been dating since last year (13).
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Miley Cyrus and British actor Douglas Booth are dating, according to a U.K. report.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker was first rumoured to be romancing Booth in 2010 when they co-starred in teen drama LOL and the pair met up on Friday (29Aug14) at Soho House in Hollywood, re-igniting the gossip.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Miley and Douglas looked very intimate with each other on Friday night. There was a lot of laughing and flirting. They're both single and have always been attracted to each other. "It has been a while since they were really close on the set of LOL. They had lots to catch up on and it has reminded them of the special friendship they once shared. Plus Miley's into the idea of dating a British guy."
Cyrus called off her engagement to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth last year (13).
Stars including Evan Rachel Wood, Lindsay Lohan, Aaron Paul and Zach Braff were left shaken following an earthquake in Los Angeles on Monday morning (17Mar14). The city was hit by a 4.7 magnitude tremor at 6.30am local time and many celebrities took to Twitter.com to share their stories.
Actress Wood was thrown into a panic by the tremor, so she grabbed her baby son from his crib and cowered in a doorway with the infant in her arms until the ground stopped shaking.
She writes in a post on Twitter.com, "My house shook like when the jet engine falls on (film) Donnie Darko. Grabbed my baby and hid under a doorway till it was over... there are no tables in my bedroom."
Rapper Nicki Minaj was also caught up in the chaos, writing, "This earthquake just made me re-evaluate my entire life... I swear it felt like the entire house was picked up n (and) thrown down the block", while singer LeAnn Rimes adds, "Holy hell we just had an earthquake! Shaking," and singer Mika tells fans, "Wow just woken up by pretty strong 2 second tremors in LA. Strongest I've ever felt here."
Glee's Dianna Agron adds, "Not going to lie. That woke me up & that scared the s**t out of me. Can't say I've never felt an earthquake anymore..." and actress Elizabeth Banks quips, "Earthquake! I leapt out bed to check on the kids. They slept right through it, and couldn't have cared less."
Other stars who tweeted about the earthquake include Aaron Paul, who shared footage from a news programme which showed the TV hosts crawling under their desks, as well as Kevin Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, Kerry Washington, Josh Duhamel, and funnyman Zach Braff, who joked in a message to One Direction star Harry Styles, "Dearest Harry Styles are you in LA? Is your hair ok? Earthquake."
Lohan also managed to make a joke about the incident, adding, "Earthquake... Where's Oprah when you need her."
Jan Persson/Getty ImagesFollowing the 1991 tragic death of Freddie Mercury, undoubtedly one of the greatest showman of all time, it seemed unthinkable that the remaining members of Queen would even consider trying to find someone capable of filling his massive platform boots. And yet from one-off performances with Elton John and George Michael to a string of dates with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert to a world tour and album with Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to showcase the band's iconic back catalogue with various different replacements. With fun.'s Nate Ruess the latest frontman to appear alongside the rock legends at last weekend's iHeartRadio Festival, here’s a look at five other potential candidates who embody the spirit of The Great Pretender.
Robbie WilliamsSay what you like about the former Take That star but he sure knows how to work a crowd. Williams has already been in the studio with Queen having recorded a cover of "We Are The Champions" for A Knight’s Tale and reportedly came close to fronting their 2005 reunion tour. But he's yet to make that giant leap and join them on stage.
MikaMika even referenced Mercury directly in his 2007 breakthrough hit, "Grace Kelly." And although his star has diminished considerably since, his natural flamboyance and piercing falsetto still makes him a credible contender.
Justin HawkinsAnother name who was touted in the press before Queen settled on Rodgers, Justin Hawkins channelled the bluster and pomp of the band's '70s era perfectly with The Darkness' debut album, Permission To Land. A virtuoso guitarist, the catsuit-clad rocker could also offer some neat interplay with May.
Russell BrandA leftfield choice which would no doubt enrage Queen's loyal fan base, the former Mr. Katy Perry may be best-known for his witty dictionary-swallowing way with words. But his roles in Get Me To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, not to mention his London Olympics Closing Ceremony performance, proved he's got what it takes to be a rock star.
Marc MartelThe least known but possibly most obvious choice to do their classic hits justice, Marc Martel was personally chosen by Taylor to front the officially-sanctioned covers band for the recent Queen Extravaganza Tour following a YouTube-uploaded audition which displayed a highly impressive uncanny vocal resemblance to his idol.
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Aaron D. Settipane/WENNWhile Pharrell Williams has continued to be as prolific this decade as he was during his '00s heyday, his commercial streak appeared to have completely deserted him. N.E.R.D.'s last album, Nothing, sold less than 20,000 copies in its first week, unlikely collaborations with Mika, Gloria Estefan and The Hives came and went without any fanfare while you had to go as far back as Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" in 2006 to find his last Top 10 hit as producer. However, thanks to his contributions on two of the biggest songs of the summer, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," he’s now re-emerged as one of pop's best-loved creative forces. Here's a look at five of the best singles to bear his name on the credits.
Kelis – "Get Along With You"Williams' production duo, The Neptunes, arguably never bettered their work on Kelis' highly under-rated debut, Kaleidoscope, the highlight of which was this emotionally charged rejection of material possessions which came equipped with an equally stunning Tim Burton-esque video.
Britney Spears – "I’m A Slave 4 U"A decade before Miley Cyrus' desperately try-hard attempt to distance herself from her teen-pop past, Chad Hugo and Williams helped Britney Spears to make a similar transition look effortless with this supremely sensual slice of R&B which drew comparisons with everyone from Janet Jackson to Prince.
Justin Timberlake – "Like I Love You"Doing for Timberlake what they did for his former sweetheart, the Neptunes struck gold again with a hypnotic blend of acoustic guitars, spacey electro bleeps and lo-fi beats which immediately positioned the 'N Sync star as a potential King of Pop.
Pharrell ft. Jay-Z – "Frontin'"Following on from N.E.R.D.'s In Search Of, Pharrell's debut solo single "Frontin'" continued to prove that he could cut it as a frontman too with a soaring falsetto-led vocal which matched perfectly with the slick hip-hop funk production.
Solange – "I Decided"Having previously worked with Beyoncé on the likes of "Work It Out" and "Green Light," The Neptunes then teamed up with the other Miss Knowles for an impossibly joyous Motown pastiche inspired by the likes of The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas.
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Singer Kate Nash has penned a new musical tribute to a friend, who became the victim of a hate crime in London earlier this month (Jul13). The English musician debuted the tune Pink Limo Ride on her Twitter.com account on Thursday (18Jul13) and opened up about the inspiration behind the emotional ballad - a make-up artist named Mika, whose facial bones were fractured in a violent attack as he tried to defend his companion in Soho on 13 July (13).
In a post, she writes, "On the 13th July Mika went out with one of his best friends, Bonnie, a beautiful girl who dresses alternatively & has a lot of tattoos. They were in a chicken shop in soho when a couple of guys took a disliking to her alternative look. They threatened to stab her because of the way she was dressed, she was bottled, and Mika stood in & was beaten so badly he now has a fracture in his face.
"When I looked on facebook and saw a picture of him I cried. When I got a message from Bonnie explaining what had happened to her, I cried. This next part of this piece is harder to write than describing to you how awesome my friend is. I want to say a thousand things, about how I am angry, disgusted, about how sad and sick it makes me seeing people being treated like this. I want to scream f**k into a pillow."
And now the 26 year old has dedicated a song to her pal in a bid to help him heal: "There are some small things I can do to help my friend, one of those was write him this song... and reach out to Bonnie and offer support, human to human."
Pop star Mika has signed up as a judge on the Italian version of hit reality show The X Factor. The Grace Kelly hitmaker previously guest judged on an episode of the talent series, and now he has signed a deal to make the role permanent.
Editors at Repubblica.it quote Mika as saying, "I'm taking Italian lessons, not only in terms of language, but also of (sic) music."
Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow are among the big name singing stars who have served as judges on other versions of the show.
Comprehensive coverage of Monday's truly horrific attack on the Boston Marathon will be unending as the FBI and Boston police put together the pieces of who, what, and why such events took place. And as the nation sits in wonder while motives are unearthed, news, cable, and network outlets will be shifting their coverage to focus on keeping the public informed on the terrible tragedy.
It is being reported that President Barack Obama will deliver a statement about the Boston events today at 6:10 PM ET. It is believed that all the major networks will cut into their broadcasts to cover President Obama's remarks.
The biggest difference in programming is over on the cable news outlets — all of whom have shifted their coverage to focus on the day's events. So far, only NBC plans for regularly-scheduled primetime scripted programming to be preempted. See below for comprehensive information regarding the changes.
- ABC News will anchor Nightline from Boston tonight,with World News with Diane Sawyer's broadcast extended to a full hour. In the morning, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott will be reporting from Boston for Good Morning, America.- CBS News will extend its CBS Evening News program from 6:30PM to 8PM in order to cover the explosions from New York.- CNN will run AC 360 from 8PM - 10PM ET tonight, with host Anderson Cooper hosting live from Boston.- Fox News has made several adjustments to its programming, explaining that it will circumvent its regularly-scheduled Five program at 5PM ET to accomodate live reporting from Shepherd Smith. The network's primetime pgorams — Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta van Susteren — will all be live and focus on the bombing. Bill Hemmer will anchor from Boston in the morning. Over on the Fox Business Network, Neil Cavuto will anchor a special live report starting at 8PM ET.- NBC News has announced that NBC Nightly News will also extend to a full hour tonight. Additionally, the new episode of Revolution, slated for 10PM ET will be preempted for news coverage anchored by Brian Williams with reports from Matt Lauer, Lester Holt, Ron Allen, Pete Williams, Katy Tur and others. Tomorrow will see Today Show host Matt Lauer and Lester Holt in Boston, alongside Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.- MSNBC will see The Rachel Maddow Show reporting live from Boston. Tomorrow will see Chris Jansing reporting live throughout the day in the city.
Check back for the most updated information as the story develops.
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Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins Get Witchy: After a long, complicated casting process, Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins have been cast as the leads in A&E's drama pilot The Occult. The pilot has a fancy pedigree: it will be produced by Michael Bay and written by X-Files alum James Wong, and focus on an X-Files/Fringe hybrid FBI duo that solves cases rooted in the occult. [Deadline]
No Rest For The Wicked: Good news, Pretty Little Liars fans — the hiatus between seasons 3 and 4 of this immensely popular show will only be a couple of months long. Liars will wrap up its third year next Tuesday, March 19, then return this summer on Tuesday, June 11 for Season 4. [TVLine]
Martin Mull is a New Dad!: On TV! Sitcom vet Martin Mull has landed one of the leads in Seth MacFarlane's new Fox comedy show, Dads. The show, which has already received a six-episode order, will feature two successful video game entrepreneurs whose "nightmare" fathers suddenly move in with them. Mull will (duh) play one of those nightmares. [TVLine]
Mr. and Mrs. Bing To Go On: Ring ring — it's the '90s calling. Just to let you know, we're never, ever going away — and now, we're reuniting former Friends lovers Chandler Bing and Monica Gellar-Bing (err, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox) on Perry's new NBC-com Go On. Because, let's face it, your heart for '90s nostalgia will always go on. The pair will go on a set-up date on the April 2 ep of the series. It has not yet been confirmed whether Lisa Kudrow will provide acoustic entertainment. [TVLine]
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"Sorry if my snoring bothered you."
Those are not the first words I'd expect out of the mouth of someone who got up on a Friday morning to catch the 10:30 AM screening of a new movie but that is more or less what the fellow who'd been sitting behind me said as I passed him on my way out. I'd heard him snoring over the constant rat-a-tat-tat of bullets and butt-kicking being doled out by Milla Jovovich et al in this latest iteration of the never-ending Resident Evil series (this time in IMAX 3D) but I figured maybe I was hearing things. Nope he was asleep.
I used to play Resident Evil on my ancient PlayStation when it first came out. It scared the crap out of me. I enjoyed the first two movies — hey they included the skinless zombie dogs! — but I lost interest soon after that. How many times can you make the zombie apocalypse exciting? How many different skintight outfits can Jovovich wear while killing grotesque creatures who shoot evil grasping tentacles out of their mouths? Why should we care about all the blood and guts when we know the people we're supposed to be emotionally invested in will never die? We don't.
Try as he might there are only so many ways for writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson to give the Resident Evil series fresh new layers for each new movie. The Umbrella Corporation is the big bad. They were playing with biological weapons and somehow there was an accident that let one of the viruses loose... and boom you've got a zombie apocalypse on your hands. Our heroine is Alice played by Milla Jovovich and there is a rotating cast of characters who help her fight the good fight against the hordes of brain-eaters and whatever is left of the Umbrella Corporation that's now after her. There are some parallels to the video game series but Paul W.S. Anderson (a gamer himself) has taken lots of liberties with the basic plot over the years. While Anderson's flashy style is especially suited to these types of movies there's not enough plot to make it work.
We don't go to video game movies for plot of course but there has to be something to hold onto; otherwise why would we care if our protagonist were in danger? Anderson tries some neat tricks to snap us back to attention like bringing back characters that were killed in previous movies and throwing in a cloning subplot that calls into question some of the characters' true identities but it's still hard to get worked up about anything onscreen. However it ultimately sidesteps any deeper ideas that might take our attention away from all the guns. And there are so many guns and explosions and elegant butt-kickings doled out by Milla and her pals (or former pals in the case of Michelle Rodriguez's character Rain) that they blend together.
It is especially difficult to work up any interest in the story because it's a franchise and no matter how many times the stars or director might say they're not that interested in doing another everyone is just waiting to see how much money this will make before deciding to go forward. There is no question how franchise movies will end; there will be no derring-do on the part of the writer or director to actually kill off a beloved character permanently. At one point it seemed like Anderson was going to pull the old "And then she woke up!" trick which would have been bold both because it's such a hackneyed idea that it would make writing professors' heads explode all over the world but also because it would have required Anderson to play in a different universe and expand his repertoire a bit. Alas like Alice and Anderson himself we just can't seem to escape this rabbit hole.