R&B star Usher has refused the chance to defend his protegee Justin Bieber following his racist joke scandal, fleeing in a car when he was asked to comment on the furore. The Baby singer issued a public apology on Sunday (01Jun14) after the emergence of footage showing him using the 'N-word' and grinning in amusement. The clip sparked outrage, and Bieber later called it a "reckless and immature mistake", adding that he was just 15 years old when the video was shot and he "didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt".
His famous pals, including boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and rapper Soulja Boy, have stepped up to defend the troubled star over the controversy, but Usher - who has mentored the singer since he was an unknown teenager - pointedly declined the chance to speak out for his young charge on Monday (02Jun14). The Burn hitmaker was spotted leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles, and when he was asked by a reporter from TMZ.com about the Bieber incident, he broke into a run, leaped into a waiting sports utility vehicle (SUV), and sped away without a word.
Earlier this week (beg02Jun14), Mayweather, Jr. showed his support for Bieber by posting a picture of the pair together on his Instagram page, adding in a caption, "Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it's part of growing up. I am proud of what he's doing as a 20 year old musician and business man."
Bieber has also received support from fellow musician Soulja Boy, who tells TMZ.com, "I talked to Justin yesterday. I called him. He (is) in Cancun (in Mexico). We spoke about it. It's really just so old man. He was 15... The footage was super old. It was a very touchy, serious situation, but we all slip up, we all make mistakes and I told him, man I said, 'You're a great person...' He said, 'Thank you... for having my back.' It is what it is. Let the kid live. We all slip up, we all make mistakes. Y'all know he's not racist. I'm his homie, all his homies is black (sic)... he's not racist."
British pop star George Michael was rushed to hospital last week (ends23May14) after falling ill at his home, according to U.K. reports. Two ambulances allegedly attended the former Wham star's north London home at around 8am on Thursday (22May14) after a concerned friend called emergency services.
Witnesses claim the ambulances left after four hours with Michael on board, though the cause of his illness remains unknown.
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service confirmed to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We were called just before 8am on May 22. We sent two ambulance crews and staff treated one patient, a man, who was then taken to hospital."
Michael's agent tells Britain's The Sun, "George Michael was in hospital for routine tests but there is nothing further to say."
The 50-year-old Faith singer has been hit with a series of health problems in recent years. In 2011, he was hospitalised in Vienna, Austria with pneumonia and spent weeks in intensive care, and in May last year (13) he sustained head injuries after falling from a moving car on a British highway.
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Things are probably going to get a tad confusing on the set of Idol's Eye. Robert De Niro has joined the cast of Olivier Assayas' new film, starring opposite his fellow Robert, Twilight's own Robert Pattinson, via The Playlist. While much is still unknown about Assayas' follow-up to Clouds of Sils Maria, the film has been described as a sophisticated action-thriller.
The two Roberts make a curious pair of leads for a film, and while they share a first name, they couldn't be further apart on the Hollywood spectrum. One is an industry veteran that many would argue is the greatest living actor today, and the other made two Meet the Parents sequels. It's definitely an interesting match up.
Because arbitrarily comparing two things is the life blood of the Internet, there's only one thing left to do: it's time for a face-off. After all, there can only be one Robert. (Think about it. Do you know two Roberts? No, of course not!) We've decided to match up these two acting heavyweights in several categories from best reviewed film to best shirtless scene in a movie, in order to see which actor reigns supreme. The gauntlet has been thrown. Who is the best Robert in Hollywood?
HIGHEST GROSSING FILM
De NiroMeet the Fockers: $279,261,160
PattinsonHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: $896,911,078
WinnerPattinson. The numbers don't lie.
De NiroEvery second of Little Fockers
PattinsonSalvador Dali's mustache in Little Ashes
WinnerPattonson, whose career low is slightly less low. RPatz made a mockery of Dali in Little Ashes, but at least hardly anyone even remembers that one. A ton of people paid actual money to see Little Fockers. They were all very disappointed.
BEST REVIEWED FILM
De Niro The Godfather, Part II
PattinsonHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
WinnerDe Niro. The Godfather, Part II has an impeccable 99 percent on the Tomatometer while Robert Pattinson's best reviewed film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, only manages an 88 percent.
WORST REVIEWED FILM
WinnerPattinson. While Pattinson's Little Ashes sits at 24 percent on the Tomatometer, De Niro's horror-thriller Godsend has a dismal 4 percent of fresh reviews.
De NiroThe Creature from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
PattinsonEdward Cullen from Twilight
WinnerPattinson. Neither role would be considered a classic by any stretch, but Edward the sparkly vampire is definitely the more memorable of the two... for better or worse.
De NiroMax Caddy's grizzled, tatted up torso in Cape Fear
PattinsonEdward's shimmery vampire abs in Twilight
WinnterDe Niro. A shirtless Max Caddy manages to be way scarier than a bedazzled vampire, so this points go to Bobby D.
De NiroRaging Bull
WinnerDe Niro. Pattinson is surprisingly good in Cosmopolis, but Raging Bull is nothing short of an acting tour de force for De Niro.
But alas, Pattinson takes inherets the Robertian throne from the great Bobby D. But don't let that settle it for you; sound off with your thoughts below! Here's hoping Idol's Eye shows us something majestic from both of its stars.
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If you take a gander at the top grossing films of 2002, you'll find a wholly unsurprising bunch: epic fantasy sequel — variety: Tolkien, epic fantasy sequel — variety: Potter, superhero movie, Star Wars, Will Smith, James Bond, alien thriller, sweeping animated schlock, and... wait a minute. A family-oriented culture clash rom-com written by and starring a complete unknown? Coming in ninth for the year and grossing almost $370 million? How the heck did My Big Fat Greek Wedding happen?
We'll never be quite sure, save to theorize that maybe, just maybe, it was pretty good, so people liked it (hogwash). But 12 years later, multihyphenate Nia Vardalos is attempting to recreate this unprecedented magic (via Variety) with a sequel to her breakout role/career ender. The questions ignite. Can Vardalos scale the same box office mountain in the post-Avengers era? And, more importantly, what exactly will My Big Fat Greequel be about?
My Big Fat Greek MarriageWe've already seen the Big Fat Greek Life shtick take form in three cameras, airing as a sitcom (with dry toast husband I-yan Mill-er recast) on CBS for exactly seven episodes. But that doesn't necessarily rule out the possibility of your typical ain't-marriage-hard! dramedy.
My Big Fat Greek ChildVexing title aside, an ain't-parenting-hard! dramedy might be preferable.
My Big Fat Greek DivorceSomber, yes, but it happens. Now that Toula is a single woman once again, it's time to hit the town with her promiscuous couisin.
My Big Fat Greek VacationYou thought being married to Greece was tough, I-yan? What about uprooting altogether from your Chicago homestead and shoving off to Ioannina?
My Big Fat Greek Mortgage CrisisThis economy is effecting everyone! When the Portokaloses (Portokali?) have to sell their beloved eatery and get office jobs in the corporate world, they learn that maybe the non-Greek lifestyle isn't so bad after all.
My Big Fat Greek Music CareerShifting focus to cousin Angelo (Joey Fatone), we watch Greek culture pervade the American zeitgeist as all the tweens go nuts for the latest pop band Nu-Sync.
My Big Fat Greek ScandalThe Greek ambassador is caught in bed with the First Lady, and only Toula Portokalos has the appropriate footing in both camps to save the world from international warfare.
My Big Fat Greek ApocalypseAgain offset by the mortgage crisis, Toula channels her people's history with various odysseys and illiads and hiding in wooden horses to win a nationwide battle royale for herself and her family.
My Big Fat Greek Dawn of JusticeWhen crime hits the Illinois suburbs, Toula organizes a team of Greek vigilantes to ensure that no crime goes unpunished. No spanakopita goes unfeta'd.
How I Met Your Big Fat Greek MotherThis time, we get the story from I-yan's point of view, going back through the decade before he met Toula, which he spent sleeping around in Chicago.
My Big Fat Greek WeedingA simple 25-minute gardening video, hosted by the lovable John Corbett.
It seems only natural that My Big Fat Greek Wedding get a sequel, seeing as every other dominating property from 2002 is coming back into play. We're in the age of a second Spider-Man series, more Star Wars films, a follow-up Tolkien trilogy, a neverending supply of Bond movies and cartoon mayhem, and even more Rowling in the works. No telling how well My Big Fat Greek Funeral/Dance-Off/Temple of Doom will fare in the modern climate, but at least there's hope now for a Connie and Carla franchise.
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Ryan Gosling is many things – an actor, a former Mickey Mouse Club member, extremely good looking – but with the release of his latest film, Lost River, he’s set to add writer and director to that list. The film, which was previously titled How to Catch a Monster, follows a single mother who navigates a dark underworld while her son stumbles across a path that leads to an underwater town. And if just reading that description made you feel confused and disoriented, just wait until you watch the first teaser for the film, courtesy of IndieWire. From the looks of it, Lost River is basically a full-length fever dream.
Though the film doesn’t premiere until later this week at Cannes, the teaser gives us a quick glimpse into the insanity that lurks just underneath Gosling’s handsome surface. Between the many fires, the chanting about muscles and the jeans with a built-in codpiece, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything packed into this clip. Luckily, we’re experienced pop culture analysts, and so we’ve attempted to unpack and break down all of the images present in the first clip from Lost River. Come, let us travel this journey into the unknown together:
0:07 - Every journey needs an entry point, and for us, it’s the young boy who emerges out of the darkness to confront the surreal world ahead of him. As he surveys the abandoned parking lot in front of him, he is forced into this new world, where he can no longer be protected by the comforting darkness and ignorance that the tunnel represents, and must instead face the horrors and confusions of the world head-on, carrying the literal baggage of his old life behind him. Meanwhile, the camera lingers on the graffiti on the walls behind him, representing the dangerous new language of his environment and showcasing how much detail the production designer took in replicating the cooler pictures he found in his Weird NJ books.
0:14 - Then, just as he’s becoming acclimated to his surroundings, our protagonist is thrown for a loop by the flaming bicycle that wheels past him, representing the death of his childhood and the rise of the harsh realities and questions of the new world. Either that, or Gosling is really opposed to the whole “go green” movement.
0:22 to 0:27 - From there, the camera cuts to Matt Smith, who apparently is trying to bring back '90s warmp up gear in much the same way that the Doctor brought back fezzes and bowties. We then hear him demand for us to look at his muscles, over and over again, while Gosling attempts to make jazzercise cool again by taking it on safari.
0:31 - Then, Smith stands on top of the car, and we see that his jeans come with a built-in codpiece, which serves to show that this a character designed to disorient the our protagonist. He represents being unafraid of your most primal desires and a reminder that just because something’s on sale, that doesn’t mean you should purchase it.
0:36 to 0:40 - Smith stands proudly in front of a bonfire, and his lack of concern over the synthetic material of his MC Hammer shirt catching fire represents his inherent danger and lack of inhibitions. We then cut to a house completely engulfed in flames, likely the result of Smith’s character letting his recklessness and anarchic tendencies take over. However, he is not present because the fire is burning too strongly for him to risk standing next to while wearing a scarf that is covered in cheap sequins without a shirt to protect him from the melting plastic.
0:58 to 1:04 - When we cut back to our protagonist, he abruptly runs into the distance, symbolizing his inability to face up to the harsh realities of this world and his desire to not be forever traumatized by the Doctor’s amateur rap career. As he runs over the bridge, his surroundings drag on and overwhelm him, because he will never be able to escape the images that he has just witnessed.
And if we're being honest, neither will we.
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has warned his fellow musicians not to mess with him, because he knows how to get them so drunk, they make a fool of themselves before thousands. The singer recalls a vengeful moment on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour when another, unidentified act was mean to Followill and his then-unknown bandmates.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They were really cocky towards us. Everything they would say was very backhanded, and they were always bragging about their success.
"We got fed up, so we invited their guitar player on our bus, knowing that he had to go on stage in about a half hour. I was like, 'Hey man, let me pour you a drink'. He drank it, and I was like, 'One more for the road'. And I overdosed him once again.
"He barely got through the set - it was an awful night for the guy. Now looking back, part of me feels bad, but we won that battle. You be a d**k and I'm gonna embarrass you in front of a lot of of people! I don't think they're still a band now, but if I ever see him (guitarist), I don't think he'll be saying anything to me."
Bradley Cooper and his The Hangover director Todd Phillips have joined forces again to form a production company. The two friends have signed a three-year deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and their first project together will be Arms & the Dudes, a movie adaptation of a Rolling Stone article written by Guy Lawson about U.S. government arms dealers.
Both Phillips and Cooper have had production deals with Warners in the past - Cooper's 22nd & Indiana Pictures is the company behind Clint Eastwood's new movie American Sniper.
Announcing the new deal on Friday (16May14), Warners president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman said, "The entire Warner Bros. family is excited about the great movies we know will come from this collaboration of two highly successful and original filmmakers.”
Oscar nominee Jonah Hill has been linked to one of the main roles in the first film under the new Cooper/Phillips banner, although it is unknown if he will officially join the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kate Major, the on-off girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan's father Michael, has reportedly suffered a seizure in rehab. Major, who gave birth to the actress' half-sister in January, 2013, reportedly complained of chest pains on Monday (12May14), and was hospitalised at the JFK Medical Center in Florida.
Her condition is unknown.
This isn't the first medical scare for Major - in 2011, she suffered a seizure while seeking treatment at a rehab centre in Florida.
Pop superstar Justin Bieber has returned to his Christian roots to give an unknown rapper a big boost. Brandon Burke's video for his new track The Pledge features footage of the aspiring rap star chatting to the Baby singer about religion, God and forgiveness.
At the end of the promo, Bieber can be heard saying, "God loved the world so much he gave up his own son, right? Imagine, like, someone killing your son... These are your people, right? It’s like, 'How are you killing my son? That’s my son!' It’s gonna be hard for you to forgive.
"God forgave everyone and they killed his son. That shows how much grace God has."
The video comes as Bieber could do with a little divine help - he's currently facing a series of legal woes after he was allegedly caught drag racing in Miami, Florida earlier this year (14) and accused of lashing out at a limousine driver during a night out in his native Canada in December (14).
Rapper Rich Homie Quan has been hospitalised after suffering two seizures while filming a music video. The 24 year old, real name Dequantes Lamar, was in Atlanta, Georgia's Piedmont Park shooting a promo with fellow MC Problem when he fell ill.
His representative tells TMZ.com that he suffered two consecutive seizures, and smashed his head badly when he fell to the ground.
Quan was taken to a local hospital, but his current condition is unknown.
The health scare comes a day after editors at XXL magazine placed the up-and-coming MC as part of their 2014 Freshman Class list, an annual issue which names the rappers to look out for in the coming year. He joins the likes of Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina.