Hollywood star Jane Fonda is set to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the board of the American Film Institute (AFI), 36 years after her father. The Mamma Mia! actress has been chosen to receive the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award which will be presented to the star at a Los Angeles ceremony on 5 June next year (14).
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, says, "Jane Fonda is American film royalty... A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.
"Today she stands tall among the giants of American film, and it is AFI's honour to present Jane Fonda with its 42nd Life Achievement Award."
The actress is following in the footsteps of her father Henry Fonda, who received the award in 1978.
A brand new Bridget Jones book hits shelves in October, but fans are already in a rage about recently released extracts that deal with the current state of Bridget's relationship with barrister Mark Darcy. (Massive spoilers here.) If the third book in the series gets a movie adaptation, we don't like what this means for Colin Firth's role.
And what would any Bridget Jones movie be without Mr. Darcy? Mark is everything a rom-com love interest should be: solid and reliable; able to pull off a reindeer jumper as well as an expensive suit; and fond even of our "wobbly bits." Much like his Jane Austen namesake, Mark takes a while to warm up to strangers. But, once he does, you can count on him to defend you from psychological attacks by "smug marrieds" and to politely disregard every terrible thing you ever wrote about him in your diary. Plus, you know: Colin Firth. In no particular order, here are the Mark Darcy moments that had us (and dear Bridge) all aflutter.
When he liked us...just as we are
Bridget is used to apologizing for her flaws, until Mark tells her that he is fond of her because of them, not in spite of them. For someone who feels like she doesn't deserve happiness until she changes all the things she doesn't like about herself, it's a revelation.
No, really...Just as we are
This is the dream, people. This is the dream.
When he fought for our honor
Mark is always willing to throw down to defend himself and his lady love, even though he doesn't have a clue how to do so. We're guessing he didn't exactly have a rough-and-tumble coming-of-age experience in the series of fancy private schools he attended. But what his fighting style lacks in grace, power, and agility, he makes up for in heart.
When he was helpful in the kitchen
"This really is the most incredible s**t."
When he showed us how nice boys really kiss
Every romantic hero needs to be able to deliver that epic movie kiss. "Cold fish" Mark Darcy warms up just soon enough to catch Bridget before she leaves for Paris and sweep her off her feet. And he's not at all embarrassed that she's in leopard print underwear and trainers. What a guy.
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Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is in talks to play the villain in Warner Bros. new Tarzan remake. Alexander Skarsgard has already been cast as the title character in the latest movie adaptation of author Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic apeman tale, which will be directed by David Yates.
Django Unchained star Waltz is close to signing on to play a Belgian soldier trying to capture Tarzan in exchange for diamonds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tarzan's partner Jane has yet to be cast, but reports suggest Margot Robbie and Emma Stone are among the front-runners for the role.
These actors have shaken us to the core with their gravitas on screen, but they've also shaken us with laughter. While they normally play kings, soldiers, gangsters and Shakespearean characters, once in a while they'll play best friends to teddy bears and over-the-top agents with intense arm hair. And they play both ends of the spectrum just as convincingly. Just think about how Steve Buscemi played Nucky on Boardwalk Empire and magician sidekick Anton Marvelton in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at the same time and nobody batted an eye. In other words, these might be the perfect actors.
Sir Patrick Stewart may be best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, or for his stage roles in Shakespearean classics like MacBeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Recently, however, Sir Stewart has emerged as somewhat of a viral video darling, wowing us with his quadruple-take acting lessons and endearing us by sharing his first experience with pizza. In 2005, he made one of the funniest and most memorable cameos on Ricky Gervais's Extras, in which he's obsessed with seeing women naked.
When you think Tom Cruise, you probably first think action star, and then maybe dramatic actor (and then maybe crazy Scientologist), but before 2008's Tropic Thunder, you probably would have never thought overweight, balding, sleazy studio executive. But he played exactly that in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy, and he played it to perfection. His character Les Grossman spouts such lines as "First, take a big step back...and literally f**k your own face!" and "A nutless monkey could do your job," making Ari Gold look like Mister Rogers.
Mark Wahlberg has steadily starred in Oscar-winning dramas like The Fighter and The Departed during his career, but peppered throughout are movies like Ted and Date Night. Wahlberg's gruff Boston attitude gives him weight in more serious roles, but also lends an edge to his comedic roles. His performance in David O. Russell's quirky, surreal, philosophy-heavy comedy I Heart Huckabees is perhaps one of the most underrated comedic performances of all time. Seriously, go watch it if you haven't.
Colin Firth first rose to fame playing Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and recently he was nominated for an Oscar for A Single Man and won one for The King's Speech. That said, let's all stop kidding ourselves and admit it: our favorite Colin Firth role was in Love Actually. Don't be ashamed. Every single other person secretly feels the same way.
There are few actors in Hollywood who can do stoner movies (Airheads), Tarantino classics (Reservoir Dogs), rom-coms (The Wedding Singer), dark comedies (Fargo), iconic stoner movies (The Big Lebowski), and still terrify us as TV's meanest gangster. Steve Buscemi is a rare gem of an actor. If he played an old Asian grandma, we would probably believe it, and be impressed.
Oscar-winner Matt Damon has made a career out of carefully-chosen film roles, most of which are of the dramatic or action variety. But the actor's inherent charm truly comes out when he dabbles in comedy, even in less-than-successful movies. His turn as bumbling and dense Mark Whitacre in The Informant! is subtle but spot-on. When he pairs up (literally) with Greg Kinnear in Stuck on You, his performance may not have won over critics, but it's a refreshing contrast to the usually serious Damon. And let's unearth a little-known ditty, shall we? Here's Damon as the lead singer of a pop-punk band in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip (you're welcome):
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"I was obsessed with Grease and I loved John Travolta... I loved John Travolta so much that I drew pictures of him... I knew every plain of his face, I knew the dimple in the chin and the light eyes with the dark lashes... but I think what it is is I wanted to be him. I didn't wanna make out with him... I thought he was just the coolest dude in the world." Actress Jane Lynch on her childhood John Travolta obsession.
"I had a big lesbo crush on her and I named my dog after her... It was my crush for her that kind of put me over the top, if you will. I told her and she wasn't freaked out by the lesbo crush thing; she embraced it and thought it was really cute." Actress Jane Lynch realised she was a lesbian after falling in love with Olivia Newton-John, and was thrilled when she got to work with her idol on Glee.
Last night's Emmy Awards provided plenty of surprises and plenty of... uneven moments. And shockingly, even though there are more well-dressed and well-known people working in television now than ever, the red carpet was pretty awful. Hardly a gasp was uttered at how spectacularly a gruff actor cleans up or how a new actress takes to her first big event. And our reliable, always stylish standbys? The blandest and most ill-fitting of them all.
The best dressed list is so short (it begins and ends with Zachary Quinto, the end) there's not much reason to write it. But we can lament those we expected to do better (Olivia Pope, how could you do this to us?!), and celebrate those whose choices were so strange, they at least gave us something to giggle at through yet another commercial break. As such, check out our list of worst dressed celebs at the 2013 Emmys... an award ceremony destined to go down in history for this accomplishment alone.
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Pop star Kelly Clarkson has lost her fight to keep a ring once owned by British author Jane Austen. The singer bought the turquoise and gold treasure at auction last year (12) for around $228,675 (£152,450), but Britain's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export block on the piece in a bid to keep it in the U.K.
He gave other bidders until 30 September (13) to match Clarkson's offer, and curators at the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire, England launched a campaign to raise enough money to buy it.
They have now succeeded in their goal after receiving a slew of public donations, including an anonymous gift of $150,000 (£100,000), and their bid for the ring has been accepted, meaning Clarkson will not be able to take possession of the piece.
The ring will go on display at the museum alongside two other pieces of jewellery once owned by the Pride and Prejudice author.
Clarkson insists she is happy for the ring to be kept in Britain: "The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen's House Museum."
Vaizey adds, "It's clear from the number of people who gave generously to the campaign just how admired Jane Austen remains to this day."
Actress Jane Seymour has stripped down to a bikini for a racy photoshoot at the age of 62. The former Bond girl peeled off and posed in a skimpy turquoise two-piece swimsuit on the beach outside her home in Malibu, California for a series of shots taken by her photographer son Sean Flynn.
Seymour was given the bikini by her designer friend Cheri Ingle as a 'joke' for her 62nd birthday, and she decided on a whim to wear it for an impromptu sunset photoshoot.
The Live and Let Die star tells British magazine Hello!, "(When Cheri gave me her gift) I said, 'You must be joking! The last time I wore a bikini I was 20, so I thought this was a big joke... In the spirit of that joke, we just said, 'Okay, let's go down to the beach'. It was no hair, no make-up, no retouching. Just a gift from a son to a mother and a girlfriend to her friend."
When Seymour first saw the images, she was amazed at her toned physique, adding, "Oh, my gosh, the Pilates and Gyrotonics have paid off!... I'm not crazy about (working out). I do eat, drink and be merry. But I pay some attention to my health too."
Glee star Jane Lynch paid tribute to her late friend and castmate Cory Monteith at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (22Sep13), insisting his death in July (13) is a reminder of the "senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction". Monteith, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose, was one of five TV celebrities honoured with special mentions at the 65th Emmys, and the decision to single him out was criticised by many, who felt others, like Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, should have been part of the tribute instead of the Glee actor.
However, Lynch, who delivered the In Memoriam tribute onstage at the Emmys, had a very special message for her late co-star's fans and friends.
She said, "This summer on our show Glee we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback-turned- wide-eyed, heartfelt Glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory...
"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been.
"To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love, and, if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness first-hand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humour, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity, I promise you'd have loved him even more."
The other late TV celebrities honoured at the Emmys included James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and Jean Stapleton.