Actor Jonah Hill was reprimanded on the set of his new movie The Wolf Of Wall Street after his constant chatter disrupted director Martin Scorsese's concentration. The 21 Jump Street star admits he forgot his manners after spending so much time onset and ended up receiving a terse text message from the filmmaker's assistant demanding his silence as the cameras rolled.
He says, "It was always very quiet so (Scorsese) could focus. And about five months in, I guess I just got too comfortable. And I had no idea what I was thinking, but I just started chatting away with one of the producers... and then all of the sudden my phone buzzes and I look at my phone and it's from his assistant Ashley and he goes, 'You need to stop talking.'"
In some cultures, selling your newborn babies to a corporation is frowned upon. But in the United States, we consider exploitation to be the wisest of investments. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen first won us over on Full House playing Michelle Tanner, a sassy young chimpanzee, notorious for scolding adult men while simultaneously filling her diapers. The Olsens went on to build an empire making a barrage of movies and television shows, most with a fictional plot of searching for one or both of their parents after being abandoned by them in some way or another. So it's no surprise that after their entire 27 years in the spotlight and acquiring a net worth of $300 million, Mary-Kate and Ashley have announced that they are retiring from acting.
"I think people looked at us with the perception of 'Oh, you just have everything. You can do whatever,' " Mary Kate recently told Allure magazine, the cover story for the December issue. She later stated that she's "not great at not being able to control the end product." Essentially, she wants to convey to the public that things haven't been handed to them; but if they aren't in complete control of a project, they aren't going to be a part of it. Got it? Ashley also told Allure: "I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who were representing me, 'I need to do things 100%. I don't feel like I can give you 100% of my time." Everybody knows that if you're serious about something but you can't give 100%, just give 0%.
But don't say goodbye to Mary-Kate and Ashley quite yet. They still own the production company Dualstar Entertainment Group, which they have used to create their own clothing line, The Row. They will be swinging their focus to high-end fashion pursuits, and are currently planning to open their first retail store in Los Angeles. If this story sounds familiar, it's probably because nearly two years ago, Ashley announced to UK Elle that she was retiring from acting to focus on fashion. So we get it, guys, you're reeeally retiring. And we're really going to miss your roles on, uh. Uhh..
Whitney Port is following her The Hills co-star Lauren Conrad to the altar - the reality TV regular-turned-designer has announced her engagement. The 28 year old is set to wed Tim Rosenman, who served as an associate producer on her The Hills spin-off The City, after a year of dating, her representative has confirmed to People.com.
Port's happy news emerges just weeks after Conrad announced she is to exchange vows with law student William Tell, while another The Hills alum, Holly Montag, recently revealed she is engaged as well.
However, The Hills bad boy Jason Wahler is already one step ahead of the girls - he married model Ashley Slack a day before ex-girlfriend Conrad revealed her plans to wed.
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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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Ashley Greene has been hit with a lawsuit by the doorman of her apartment building, who alleges he suffered from exhaustion and dehydration following the fire at her condo. A blaze ripped through the Twilight actress' West Hollywood home in March (13), killing her beloved dog Marlo and injuring Adrian Mayorga, the building's doorman who helped rescue residents from Granville Towers.
According to documents obtained by TMZ.com, Mayorga is now suing Greene after he was left needing hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.
Four other residents have also sued over the fire, which was started by a candle catching fire on Greene's sofa, claiming the blaze wrecked their apartments.
Child star-turned-fashion designer Ashley Olsen has been elected onto the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The star runs clothing labels including The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin sister Mary-Kate.
Actress/singer Ashley Tisdale toasted her recent engagement to her rocker fiance on Thursday (14Nov13) by hosting a special party in Los Angeles. Musician Christopher French proposed to the beauty in August (13) after less than a year of dating, and they gathered friends and family at Bagatelle LA in West Hollywood this week to celebrate their impending nuptials.
Tisdale's former High School Musical co-star Corbin Bleu and actor Matthew Lawrence were among the guests, who danced the night away to tunes played by DJ Sean Patrick.
They feasted on a menu which included crab cakes, truffled chicken, salmon tartare and mini steak baguettes, and the happy couple was then presented with a cake featuring the initials "C&A" written in icing, reports Eonline.com.
Tisdale later shared a photo of the bash on her Instagram.com page, alongside the caption, "Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us."
Ashley Judd's racing driver husband Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire from the sport as a result of the injuries he suffered in an horrific crash last month (Oct13). The three-time Indy500 champion sustained a concussion and fractured his spine and right ankle after colliding with Takuma Sato's car and slamming in to a fence at the Houston Grand Prix in Texas on 6 October (13).
He was discharged from a hospital in Indiana after undergoing his second surgery on 14 October (13), and was hoping to make a racing comeback in the spring (14).
However, the 40 year old has since been advised it is in his best interests to hang up his helmet and racing gloves for good.
In a statement, released on Thursday (14Nov13), the Scot says, "I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I'd also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
"One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop."
Franchitti began his driving career in the early 1990s in his native U.K. and raced in the IndyCar Series from 2002 to 2007. He quit briefly for a stint in NASCAR, but returned to IndyCar in 2009, winning three consecutive Series titles. He also celebrated winning three Indy500 races in 2007, 2010 and 2012.
He separated from actress Judd in January (13), but the couple has remained close and she raced to his side following his career-ending crash in Houston.
The Broadway adaptation of John Grisham's crime thriller A Time To Kill is closing less than a month after it officially opened. The author's popular book about a young white lawyer defending an African-American man accused of murder inspired a Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey in 1996, and it was turned into a play for the Great White Way this year (13), featuring Tom Skerritt and Ashley Williams.
The show has been struggling with poor ticket sales since its official opening on 20 October (13), and was the lowest grossing play on Broadway last week (begs28Oct13).
The production opened to mixed reviews and failed to garner audiences that shows like Betrayal with married couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig and The Glass Menagerie with Zachary Quinto have found over the past few weeks.
A Time to Kill, which is the first of Grisham's legal-themed novels to be adapted for the stage, is slated to close on 17 November (13).
Actress Ashley Benson is showing her support for the American military by raising funds for organisers at the United Service Organization (USO) through a special charity event on Veteran's Day (11Nov13). The Pretty Little Liars star has teamed up with editors at Cosmopolitan magazine and bosses at cosmetic company Maybelline for a charity drive, which offers people the chance to send a postcard overseas to a soldier and donate $1 (GBP.67) to the USO of Metropolitan New York in the process.
Benson will be leading the effort in New York, where a pop-up booth will be assembled for the public to come and participate in the fundraiser.