Johnny Depp is engaged to wed his actress girlfriend Amber Heard, according to reports. The Pirates of the Caribbean hunk began dating his The Rum Diary co-star following the breakdown of his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two children, in the summer of 2012, and the couple stepped out hand-in-hand as Depp promoted his blockbuster The Lone Ranger last year (13).
Now sources tell Celebuzz.com the pair is planning to wed after Depp popped the question to the beauty on Christmas Eve (24Dec13).
Another insider tells UsMagazine.com, "The proposal happened a while ago. She just didn't wear the ring."
Representatives for the famously private couple have yet to respond to requests for a comment, but Heard was photographed wearing a sparkler on her ring finger earlier this week (begs13Jan14).
If rumours of the engagement are true, it will be Depp's second marriage - he wed Lori Anne Allison in 1983, but they split after two years.
The 50 year old was previously engaged to actresses Jennifer Grey, Sherilyn Fenn and Winona Ryder, while he also dated supermodel Kate Moss.
Bisexual Heard, 27, has never been married, but she enjoyed a longterm relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree until their split in 2011.
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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.
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If you are a human between the ages of sixteen and dead, you probably heard the news today: Johnny Depp is now single. Listen, sit back down. I know. Here's a tissue, have a seat. Just calm down. Keep reading, it's going to be OK, I promise. As we reported on earlier, the movie star and his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis have split up after fourteen years together. They were, to many, a couple in it for the long haul and seemingly built to last.
As a culture largely built on observing the lives of other people, there are certain couples that seem unshakeable. When they fall, we fall (to pieces). The Depp/Paradis split is just one in a long line of celebrity breakups that has induced stress, anger, confusion, and even depression in the lives of many. As an American who loves my country and the people that inhabit it, I only want to see what's best for you. These breakups can be difficult for everyone, and therapy is very expensive. So I'm here today with my very scientific and factual Celebrity Breakup Acceptance Kit. I talked to real scientists and a guy named Doc who lives on the corner of Hollywood and Highland today and formulated a fool-proof plan for your celebrity breakup needs.
We'll get through this: together.
After having gone through the breakups of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (1986 - 2009), Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe (1997 - 2007), and of course Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt (1998 - 2005), it may feel like love doesn't live here anymore. I promise that it does (Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, if you ever break up, though, my world is going to collapse)! If you follow my fool-proof eight-step-program below, you will be able to easily and effectively get over the breakup of your favorite celebrity couple.
A six-pack of tissues
A Sleepless in Seattle DVD
A Kill Bill DVD
The blanket-cape of your choice
3 pints of ice cream (Go ahead and get the full-fat. This isn't the time to worry about calories)
4 bottles of your booze of choice (If you are of age only, obviously! Otherwise replace with shirley temples. Tell them to go heavy on the maraschinos.)
Nutella and pretzel rods
A small dog (or cat if dog is unavailable) to talk to and hold
It's better to feel these feelings alone, in the dark.
Assemble Snacking Station
Get it all out there: the Nutella, the ice cream, the pretzel rods. Put it in a place that is easily accessible from your favorite couch nook.
Apply blanket/Slanket/Snuggie Item
Don't be afraid to wear it backwards, either. Just do what feels right.
Sleepless in Seattle
This needs no explanation.
Booze for you olds, shirley temples for the youths. Drown the sorrows. Don't forget to top yourself off!
It's OK, just let it out. Breathe in and out and just remember that everything in life happens for a reason.
Get the F**k Over It
This was fun and all, but like, it's not really you life, right? Why are you all upset about people you don't actually know in real life?
Realize this sweet little set-up we just got you into is actually exactly what you'd like to be doing right now anyway, change the movie over to Kill Bill, and have a real great time eating, imbibing, and watching a good movie!
See? All cured! I've heard this is exactly what Kate Moss and Winona Ryder did when the Deppster broke it off with them, too.
But seriously: don't EVER think about breaking up, Tom & Rita, or the meaning of love will cease to exist.
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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis Officially Split
Sarandon and Robbins Part Ways
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon Marriage Officially Over
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Best Drama Series:
Mad Men WINNER!
Best Comedy Series:
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
30 Rock WINNER!
Best Lead Actor in a Drama:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad WINNER!
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama:
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Hurt, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost WINNER!
John Slattery, Mad Men
Best Lead Actor in a Comedy:
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock WINNER!
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men WINNER!
Best Lead Actress in a Drama:
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages WINNER!
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Cherry Jones, 24 WINNER!
Rose Byrne, Damages
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Best Lead Actress in a Comedy:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara WINNER!
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies WINNER!
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
The Amazing Race WINNER!
Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Jeff Probst, Survivor WINNER!
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Padma Lakshmi/Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Grey Gardens WINNER!
Into the Storm
Prayers for Bobby
Little Dorrit WINNER!
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series:
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart WINNER!
British starlet Keira Knightley is the new face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.
The Pride and Prejudice beauty succeeds Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis in fronting an advertising campaign for a Chanel perfume.
A spokesperson for the scent giant says, "Keira's elegance, beauty and modernity are but a few of the qualities that parallel the iconic faces featured in the legendary Chanel fragrance campaigns, including Mademoiselle Chanel as the first face of No. 5 in 1937, followed by Catherine Deneuve and most recently Nicole Kidman."
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Based on Susanna Kaysen's account of being trapped in a mental institution in the late '60s, director James Mangold's "Girl, Interrupted" is a semi-involving tale of identity and belonging featuring a solid performance from Winona Ryder and a spirited, star-making turn from Angelina Jolie.
Ryder stars as Susanna herself, an unhappy, upper-middle-class high school graduate uncertain about her place in American society circa 1967-68. While being moody, depressed and promiscuous might seem normal in the 1990s, in the late '60s, it's enough for Susanna's parents to seriously wonder about their daughter.
After chasing a bottle of alcohol with a bottle of aspirin, the girl's psychiatrist immediately diagnoses her as a borderline personality and subsequently commits her to Claymoore Hospital. That's where the opening line of the movie comes in: "Maybe I was really crazy, maybe it was the '60s, or just a girl, interrupted." For those wondering about the phrase, it's taken from a Vermeer painting ("Girl Interrupted at Her Music"), which played an integral part in Susanna's development.
Unfortunately, the movie chooses not to delve into the ironies and social details of Susanna's memoirs. Instead, the script by Mangold, Anna Hamilton Phelan and Lisa Loomer opts to focus on Susanna's interactions with her fellow mental patients and their nostalgic antics. They laugh. They fight. They sneak out at night to bowl a few frames in the basement.
The characters are mostly presented as types. There's Polly (Elisabeth Moss), a burn victim who has trouble coping with her disfigurement; Daisy (Brittany Murphy), a rich, little girl with a sordid family history and a weird obsession with chicken; and Susanna's roommate, Georgina (Clea Duvall), who seems fairly normal. Watching over this female version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" are a stern but fair nurse named Valerie (Whoopi Goldberg) and, in a few scenes, a philosophy-spouting head psychiatrist named Dr. Wick (Vanessa Redgrave).
The real flesh and blood character of the film is wild and rowdy Lisa (Jolie), an eccentric sociopath who instigates and motivates her co-patients to achieve her own end. A constant escapee from the institution, it's Lisa with whom Susanna becomes most connected. They're fast friends and partners in raucous behavior, but Susanna will learn a thing or two about Lisa's ability to be clever and ever so cold-hearted.
Both Ryder and Jolie are impressive in their roles. Ryder is required mostly to be somber and react to Jolie's more flamboyant behavior, but she's quite believable as a spoiled princess whose depression has caused her to lose touch with reality. She's never really sick; she just needs a wake-up call.
The Jolie character provides a wake-up call and more, with the actress delivering another memorable performance on the heels of her award-winning work in "Gia" and "George Wallace." Never over the top but always teetering on the high wire, Jolie mesmerizes in all of her scenes and should garner plenty of notices for the part. It's her performance as the mad, raving, charismatic ringleader that gets the movie's blood pumping.
That's a good thing, because the direction of "Girl, Interrupted" is more than a few paces too deliberate. Third-time feature director Mangold worked miracles with this sort of slow-building drama in his debut movie, "Heavy," and the underrated "Copland." But here, middling is as middling does. The episodic adventures of Susanna and her crew of misfits aren't enough to sustain interest, especially when the plotting comes across as burdensome as Susanna's weary attempts to get out of bed.
Cinematographer Jack Green lenses the movie with an appropriately sparse and clinical look and feel. A more probing or fully rounded, character-driven script that examines the institutional practices and mores of '60s society would fit perfectly. Instead, the film achieves only moderate success, balanced precariously on strong performances from its two lead stars.
* MPAA rating: R, for strong language and content relating to drugs, sexuality and suicide.
Winona Ryder: Susanna Kaysen Angelina Jolie: Lisa Brittany Murphy: Daisy Clea Duvall: Georgina Whoopi Goldberg: Valerie
A Columbia Pictures presentation. Director James Mangold. Screenplay Anna Hamilton Phelan, James Mangold and Lisa Loomer. Memoirs Susanna Kaysen. Producers Cathy Konrad and Douglas Wick. Director of photography Jack N. Green. Editor Kevin Tent. Music Mychael Danna. Production designer Richard Hoover. Costume designer Arianne Phillips. Art director Jeff Knip. Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes.