A Banksy art piece, titled Mobile Lovers, has helped bosses of a cash-strapped boys' club in England keep the place open. The artist's original piece appeared in a doorway in Bristol in April (14), sparking a dispute over who owned it, and prompting the elusive Banksy to write to the hard-up Broad Plain Boys' Club, alerting volunteers and staff it was theirs.
The artwork has now been sold to a private collector, allowing club bosses to keep their social setting open for "a few years".
Mary McCarthy, of MM Contemporary Arts, who negotiated the sale, tells the BBC, "I won't be revealing the buyer, but it's a private individual, a philanthropist who was very keen on investing in young people's institutions. I was able to find a buyer of significant value to be able to support them, not forever, but a little nest egg for a few years.
"It's a very generous gesture by Banksy, and it's noteworthy that an artist risen from the street has given back so prominently to the street."
Actress Cheryl Hines married Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in Massachusetts on Saturday (02Aug14). The Curb Your Enthusiasm star exchanged vows with the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy at a ceremony held in the estate of the groom's mother, Ethel, at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Kennedy and Hines began dating in 2012 and announced their engagement in April (14).
Hines, 48, was previously marriage to management firm boss Paul Young and the pair has a daughter, Catherine Rose Young. They divorced in 2010.
This is the third marriage for 62-year-old Kennedy. He wed Emily Ruth Black in 1982 and they had two children before divorcing in 1994. He then married Mary Kathleen Richardson, with whom he has a further four children.
Maleficent star Elle Fanning has been cast as Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley in Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour's new Hollywood movie.
Romantic drama A Storm in the Stars will chronicle the young Mary Wollstonecraft's love affair with poet Percy Shelley.
Announcing Fanning's casting on Wednesday (30Jul14), producer Amy Baer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman. She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady."
At 16, Fanning is the perfect age to play pre-marriage Shelley, who was 17 when she met and fell in love with the man who was to become her husband.
Chloë Grace Moretz has been staying incredibly busy, with new projects being announced and promoted all over the place. Next up for the talented young star is the Japanese animated film The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Studio Ghibli (co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki) is behind this one, and people are expecting great things. Here's a look at the 2013 production:
The movie is based on the oldest recorded Japanese story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and tellsof a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo. According to Entertainment Weekly "she grows into a beautiful woman who attracts many suitors, though she hides a secret."
Moretz will voice the lead role of Kaguya, and she stars alongside James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho.
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The sex comedy is a very tricky genre of film to get right. If it's too focused on the raunchier side of things it becomes an endless string of gags, all attempting to be outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. But if it's too worried about being over-the-top, it might as well be any other generic romantic comedy. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are the latest to try their hands at it with their latest film, Sex Tape, which hits theaters on Friday. In the film, they play a married couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their lives... only to accidentally forward the explicit video to all of their family members, friends, and colleagues. Normally, we'd be a bit wary of any upcoming sex-focused comedy, but both Segel and Diaz are old hands at the genre, thanks to their experience in films by Judd Apatow and the Farrelly Brothers. Therefore, we can only hope that Sex Tape will be the latest film to join the highly-competitive pantheon of sex comedies that are actually good movies. It's a small group, but a prestigious honor to behold. Here are our picks for the films that have already earned the title:
The 40-Year-Old Virgin The film that helped Judd Apatow break into the mainstream and established Steve Carell as a movie star, The 40-Year-Old Virgin has a pretty obvious premise: Andy has made it to 40 without having sex, so his buddies try and help him step up his game. It could have been an unfunny, over-the-top movie about a loser and his creepy friends, but Apatow managed to subvert all of our expectations (well, maybe not the creepy friends), and create a movie with just as much heart as humor. A lot of that is due to Carell, whose Andy is not just awkward and nerdy, but also endearing, goofy, and a genuinely good guy.
Superbad The rare sex comedy that doesn’t actually feature any sex, Superbad was the movie that put Jonah Hill on the path to becoming a two-time Oscar nominee, made Michael Cera the face of awkward teenagers everywhere, and made everyone overuse the McLovin joke for a solid month or so. Much of its success is due to its ability to transform a tired plot – teenagers go on a mission to impress girls so they’ll sleep with them – into a love story between two best friends. Surprisingly sweet and heartfelt but still hysterically funny, Superbad proves that sometimes, a little heart can go a long way.
Easy A Like in her breakthrough film, Superbad, Emma Stone’s character doesn’t actually have sex in Easy A, but that doesn’t stop her from telling everyone she did in order to bolster her reputation. Where most teen sex comedies focus on the guys who are trying desperately to get some, Easy A takes a different approach and looks at the effects that rumors of promiscuity can have on a high school girl’s social standing, and the hypocritical ways that we, as a society, treat sex. A sharp, smart, and endlessly charming film, it’s no wonder that it was the film to turn Stone into a proper movie star.
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut centers on Jon, a Jersey-bred bartender who only cares about his friends, his family, his looks, and his porn. His attempt at a relationship with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a rom-com-obsessed bombshell, fails when he refuses to give up his Internet addiction for her, and so he is forced to confront his perceptions of what sex and love are. Though the best parts of the film are centered on Johansson, Don Jon is also worth a watch for its original, humorous take on the typical romantic and/or sex comedy.
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Friends With Benefits/No Strings Attached We’re going to tackle these two together since they’re pretty much the same movie, with slightly different casts. Both focus on wise-cracking, good-looking friends who are hooking up, eventually realize that they want more, and come together at the end for a slightly cheesy ending. But even though they cover a lot of the same material, they’re both funny, entertaining flicks starring two incredibly talented actresses – Mila Kunis, as sharp and funny as always and Natalie Portman, refreshingly relaxed and charming – that tackle that whole friends/hookup partners/couple dynamic in a realistic, goofy way.
Risky Business The second Tom Cruise slid across the screen in Ray Bans and tighty-whiteys, he became a star. Not just a movie, but a landmark moment in his career, Risky Business is also one of the best sex comedies ever made. From the dancing to the car crashes to the slapstick-laden Princeton interview, Cruise is at his best in this film: a little brash, plenty arrogant, and incredibly charismatic. It’s no wonder America instantly fell in love with him.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Fast Times at Ridgemont High has become iconic for two things: a young Sean Penn playing the school slacker and the scene where Phoebe Cates climbs out of a pool in a red bikini. But Fast Times has endured hanks to its realistic portrayal of teenagers, their challenges, and their experiences. It’s hilarious, it’s awkward, it’s sometimes moving, but most of all, it’s relates to the teenagers it’s trying to appeal to, and the adults who can look back on it more fondly than their own high school experience.
There’s Something About Mary It seems only fitting to discuss Diaz’s latest sex comedy in relation to her first. As Mary, the irresistible object of everyone’s affections, Diaz is effortlessly funny and completely winning, but the rest of the film is excellent as well. The Farrelly Brothers’ signature gross-out humor is balanced by a healthy dose of heart, which helps us to sympathize with Ted and his quest to win back his dream girl. We get why everyone loves Mary, we get why these tree idiots would be willing to fight over her, and we get a hilarious, weird, and wonderful two hours of entertainment out of it.
British soul sensation Sam Smith has teamed up with his idol Mary J. Blige for a moving rendition of his chart-topping hit Stay With Me. The pair recorded the duet for music video website Vevo.com, and the 22-year-old newcomer admits he was blown away to get a chance to sing with the superstar.
He says, "Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy. To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true."
Blige also heaped praise on the young talent, comparing him to music greats including Luther Vandross.
She adds, "I'm so honoured to have had the chance to work with Sam Smith. Sam's true soulful voice... is the first of this kind I have heard since Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and all the great soulful male voices from the '80s. I'm completely blown away by his talent, soul and the sincerity."
Smith's first album, In The Lonely Hour, became the U.K.'s fastest selling debut of 2014 so far when it charted at number one over the weekend (30May-01Jun14).
Liam Payne has apologised on behalf of his One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik after footage of them allegedly smoking cannabis leaked online. The pair hit headlines when a video surfaced showing them puffing on a suspicious-looking cigarette in a car in Peru, while talking about "illegal substances" and "Mary Jane", a nickname for marijuana.
They have faced growing pressure to say sorry to their young fans, but have so far failed to address the scandal. On Saturday (31May14), Payne reached out to the group's fans around the world, insisting the bandmembers are only young and will make mistakes as they grow up. In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "I love my boys and maybe things have gone a little sideways I apologise for that. We are only in our 20s we all do stupid things at this age."
"We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance I'm not making excuse but it's fact we are gunna (sic) fall short somewhere. Hopefully we stand the test of time an (and) get it right in the end I don't take this for granted and I'm extremely grateful to be here doing this. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us through this just know that we love you guys for it and it means the world."
The tweets came after Payne criticised U.K. columnist Jan Moir over her article blasting the band for taking their fans, fame and fortune for granted.
One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik are under increasing pressure to speak out in the aftermath of their weed video scandal following harsh criticism from anti-drugs campaigners. The pop singers hit headlines this week (beg26May14) when footage emerged showing them puffing on a suspicious-looking cigarette in a car in Peru, and talking about "illegal substances" and "Mary Jane", a nickname for marijuana.
Neither Tomlinson nor Malik have addressed the scandal directly, but they are now facing calls for an apology amid growing criticism and harsh words from anti-drugs campaigners, who allege the stars are a bad influence on their young fans.
Lucy Dawe, of charity Skunk Sense, tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "This is utterly irresponsible when One Direction have an extremely young following and we know cannabis damages young brains. The huge worry is that they're in a position to be role models and they're actually being extremely poor role models and pulling young people into drug use...
"It's completely indefensible. These boys have the money behind them that they can get help if they become ill from using cannabis. But we don't have any teenage rehab facilities in the UK."
British rapper Professor Green has stepped up to defend One Direction stars Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson after they were caught on camera smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint. The footage was filmed by Tomlinson during a tour stop in Peru last month (Apr14) and appears to show the star sharing a suspicious-looking cigarette with Malik during a car trip.
In the video, Tomlinson makes references to an "illegal substance" and "Mary Jane", a nickname for marijuana, while also stating his "head is wrecked".
The clip has hit headlines across the world and become a trending topic on Twitter.com, and fellow Brit Professor Green has now stepped in to defend the two young stars from the growing criticism.
In a series of posts, he writes, "Poor 1d... I just don't get why they cause people such torment, two blokes having a zoot (joint) and a giggle in the back of a car... I'd understand if they posted the video themselves... Let 'em live for f*cks sake... and whoever sold em up the river should really just go and play in traffic... on the M1 (British highway)."
The star goes on to offer a comparison to rapper Snoop Dogg, who is an outspoken fan of marijuana, adding, "All I'm saying is big up Snoop Dog (sic) for making life for a rapper a lot easier."
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Pretty soon, passengers on the Queen Mary 2's transatlantic route will set sail with director Wes Anderson and a few members of the Grand Budapest Hotel cast. According to CNN, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Wes' afrequent collaborating screenwriter Roman Coppola will all be on board to attend screenings of Anderson's films and participate in audience Q&As. No word on whether the kitchen will be serving Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat or if the concierge will be as solicitous as Gustave H. Still, this cinematic sail has us dreaming of themed cruises inspired by our favorite movies. Here are a few ideas.
1. Moulin Rouge!
Sumptuous, lavish, romantic. A few days living inside Baz Luhrmann's musical epic will have you feeling like you've danced with the Green Fairy. There might be a treacherous, possessive Duke on the loose, but the guest talent show on the final night would be a doozy.
Cruise ships have levels, and according to Christopher Nolan, so do dreams. What if you could play the Architect and design your own stateroom to full dream-like specifications? We'd be on the phone to our travel agent right now.
3. Gone with the Wind
The perfect trip for anyone who's ever been accused of being "over-dramatic," our Gone with the Wind cruise would be all sweeping scores and epic clinches. For obvious reasons, some basic elements of the Civil War era drama will have to be updated. And the diameter of the ladies' hoop skirts would probably cut our capacity in half.
4. Black Swan
Those who are only happy when it rains can go dark with a cruise inspired by Darren Aronofsky's trippy ballerina thriller. The line between reality and nightmare may get slightly blurred, but club night will definitely be interesting. And, like Nina Sayers' final dance, we're sure it'll all be perfect.
5. The Lego Movie
Lego ice sculptures! Lego towel animals! Lego deck chairs! All Lego everything! A whole ship of Legos! When do we leave?