Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was yet another celebrity who went undercover at this year's (14) San Diego Comic-Con. The 17 year old donned a Spider-Man mask as she roamed the floor at the annual convention before attending the Game of Thrones panel on Friday (25Jul14). Daniel Radcliffe put on the same superhero suit to go unnoticed by fans, and Jack Black and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson also donned costumes for the event.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson mingled with fans undetected at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Saturday (26Jul14) by dressing up as an evil jester. The Lord of the Rings director, who was there to attend a panel discussion on his The Hobbit film franchise, decided to don a black and white costume with matching face mask so he could enjoy the festivities at the annual bash without being hounded by devotees, and it wasn't until later that night that he went public with his disguise.
He shared a series of photos of himself undercover, posing with other attendees at the event on his Facebook.com page and included one shot of himself pulling off his face mask to reveal his real identity.
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "I had a fun day at Comic Con walking among you all. Did anyone see the Evil Jester? Some of you did because you asked him to pose for pics! Cheers, Peter J".
Jackson isn't the only celebrity to dress up for the 2014 Comic-Con event - Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spider-Man costume to roam around the pop culture convention, while Jack Black also tried to go undercover on Thursday (24Jul14) by wearing a suit and covering his face in a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet - only for him to be recognised by his voice.
Rocker Jack Antonoff has risked the wrath of Michael Jackson fans by insisting singer Taylor Swift is the "closest thing today" to the King of Pop.
The fun. rocker is adamant Swift is a better songwriter and more likely to be a longtime success than her pop contemporaries Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, whose music he brands "throwaway".
Antonoff, who wrote 2013 track Sweeter Than Fiction with Swift, tells GQ magazine, "I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever. Taylor Swift is cool, because she's the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson - to great, great pop music. There's a difference between her and Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively."
Singer La Toya Jackson almost botched her business manager's attempt to whisk her away to Hawaii for a marriage proposal last year (13), because she was not interested in taking a vacation. Michael Jackson's 58-year-old sister became engaged to Jeffre Phillips last August (13), but she only went public with the news in June (14).
Now the bride-to-be admits it took a little extra persuading from her father Joe Jackson, who had granted Phillips' request for her hand in marriage, for her to jet off on a two-day holiday with her beau.
She explains, "Before he proposed to me... he went to (Las) Vegas and he asked my father for my hand (in marriage). It was great.
"Right after that, I had dinner with my father and my father was desperately trying to tell me that Jeffre has a surprise in Hawaii, that, 'You need to go to Hawaii'. I didn't wanna go to Hawaii, I wanted to go to New York to do the play that I was getting ready to do (Off Broadway show Newsical the Musical). I had two days to rehearse... and Jeffre kept convincing me, 'Toya, you need two days off, you need downtime.'"
She finally agreed and she was blown away one night when Phillips transformed their luxury hotel suite into an all-white affair with flowers everywhere as they sat down for a lavish six-course dinner.
She recalls, "I go, 'Oh my God, what is this?' And he goes, 'We're having dinner, (a) special dinner.'"
She continues, "When it got to dessert... he gets on his knee and he asks, he says... 'Toy, will you marry me?' I got so nervous... He said, 'I didn't get you a ring.' I said, 'Don't even worry about that, that's not important' and then I get my dessert, I lift the dome (cover) up and there's the ring in the dome."
However, Jackson admits she has already suffered from cold feet over the nuptials.
She adds, "Your friends get so excited for you and they were just pushing me and rushing me (into wedding planning)... and I started getting really nervous, I started thinking, 'Wow, this is really real...' I got a little bit of cold feet."
The star was previously married to her manager Jack Gordon for seven years before they divorced in 1997. She alleged he had been abusive throughout the union.
Singer La Toya Jackson is engaged to marry her business manager. Michael Jackson's 58-year-old sister accepted Jeffre Phillips' proposal after he popped the question on vacation in Hawaii last August (13).
Jackson took her time while deciding whether to accept Phillips' proposal because his romantic gesture came as a shock, explaining, "It wasn't a fast yes."
She adds to People.com, "I had no clue. I couldn't understand why he was so nervous. I was in total shock. We're best friends and we've been business partners forever. It was always professional - no one really crossed those boundaries."
The news comes six months after reports suggested the pair had secretly wed in Los Angeles in December (13).
Jackson later denied the rumours, calling them "completely false."
The star was married to her manager Jack Gordon for seven years before they divorced in 1997. She alleged he had been abusive throughout the union.
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Ever since the rumors started swirling several months ago, the Internet has been waiting impatiently for a Star Wars VII casting announcement that included Oscar winner and instant style icon Lupita Nyong'o. They finally got that wish on Monday morning, when StarWars.com revealed that she would be joining the cast along with Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie. The pair join an impressive cast for the latest installment of the franchise, with acclaimed actors like Oscar Isaac, Max Von Sydow and John Boyega all playing significant roles. However, when it comes to buzz, they all pale in comparison to Nyong'o, who has won over both critics and fans since her breakout performance last year in 12 Years a Slave.
Casting an Academy Award winner is a big deal for a major blockbuster like Episode VII, but Nyong'o is far from the first winner to journey to a galaxy far, far away. Since the first film was released in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has featured several Oscar winners and nominees on both sides of the camera, and seen several of its alum take home the award later on. In honor of Nyong'o's casting, we've rounded up all of the actors, writers, directors and editors who fall in the middle of the Venn Diagram of "Oscar winners and nominees" and "involved in the Star Wars universe."
Academy Award Wins
PRE-STAR WARS: -Nyong'o, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave at this year's awards, is the third actor who has taken home an Oscar before starring in one of the Star Wars films, and the fifth team member to hold the distinction. -Alec Guinness won Best Actor in 1957 for his work in The Bridge on the River Kwai, before he played everyone's favorite Jedi Master and mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi. He later earned an Oscar nomination for the part. -Composer John Williams, who has been nominated for a total of 49 Oscars, won his first for Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Score Song in 1971 for Fiddler on the Roof. Since then, he's won four more, including Best Original Score in 1977 for Star Wars. -Ben Burtt had established himself as a talented editor with two Best Sound Editing Oscars in 1982 and 1989 before he edited The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
POST-STAR WARS: -James Earl Jones, who provided the iconic voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films received an Honorary Oscar in 2011.-Natalie Portman won Best Actress for playing Nina Sayers in Black Swan in 2010, five years after her final installment of the trilogy was released. -Director Sofia Coppola played one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens in The Phantom Menace, and then went on to win Best Original Screenplay in 2003 for her film Lost in Translation. She was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture that year.
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Academy Award Nominations
PRE-STAR WARS: -Before he created the franchise that eventually became Star Wars, George Lucas made American Graffitti, and was nominated for Best Director and Best original Screenplay in 1972 for his hard work. Five years later, he was nominated in those same categories for the first installment in the series. -Terence Stamp was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1962 for his work in the film Billy Budd, 30 years before he played Supreme Chancellor Valorum in The Phantom Menace. -His co-star in that film, Samuel L. Jackson, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for his performances as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, a first of many iconic characters. -Marcia Lucas received an Oscar nomination in 1974 for Best Editing alongside Verna Fields for American Graffiti, before winning the same award three years later for Star Wars, with Richard Chew and Paul Hirsch. -Liam Neeson was nominated for Best Actor in 1993 for his heartbreaking performance in Schindler's List before stepping into the role of Obi Wan's mentor, Qui Gon Jinn in 1999.
POST-STAR WARS: -After he played Han Solo, Harrison Ford was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1985 film Witness. -Keira Knightley, who played one of Amidala's handmaidens in one of her first film roles, was nominated for Best Actress in 2005 for her turn as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice. -Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with Lucas, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 1984 and 1992 for The Big Chill and Grand Canyon, respectively, and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture in 1989 for The Accidental Tourist.
Other Awards Of Note
-Three of the key supporting characters in Attack of the Clones were played by actors who were nominated or have won AFI and AACTA awards, the Australian equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs. They are: Rose Byrne, Joel Edgerton, and Jack Thompson. -Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and C3PO, R2D2, and Darth Vader have their "footprints" outside of the TCL Chinese Theater. -Christopher Lee, who played Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith has never been nominated for an Oscar, but he has been knighted, made a Commander of Order of the British Empire and a Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John, been awarded both the BAFTA and BFI Fellowships, and is a French Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was also a war hero, serving as part of the RAF Intelligence and Special Forces during World War II, and was attached to the SAS for a time during his service. He also once climbed Mt. Vesuvius right before it erupted and fronts several heavy metal bands, because he's cooler than the rest of us could ever hope to be.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The cast of Edgar Wright's superhero adventure, Ant-Man is growing at an exponential rate, and after the recent additions of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena to the cast, Evangeline Lilly is now being considered to play the female lead.
Lilly is no stranger to genre film, after spending six years battling smoke monsters on Lost, and appearing in Peter Jackson latest The Hobbit movie. While the jury is still out on who the actress will play in the upcoming film, the scuttlebutt over at Variety is hinting that she might be cast as the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas), and a love interest to Scott Lang (Rudd, Ant-Man himself). Since Lily is taking her first step into comic book filmmaking, we wondered what roles the rest of her Lost castmates could play. We've already heard rumors of Josh Halloway being considered to play Aquaman, or some other DC fixture, in the bizarrely cast Batman vs. Superman. We think his casting as Aquaman could work, given he plays the hook-handed and more roguish version of the character, and not the vintage boy scout of the sea of yesteryear that probably cries a lot after watching Finding Nemo. So now that we're in Lost mode, which superheroes can we match up with the other islanders?
Matthew Fox (Jack)What Character?: The Red HoodWhy: The Red Hood is a former incarnation of Robin who gets blown up by the Joker and feels betrayed that Batman never killed the dastardly clown in retaliation. Those are some Jack-level daddy issues. We've already seen Fox play maniacal in Tyler Perry Presents: Alex Cross, so maybe he could pull it off in a future Batman movie.
Terry O'Quinn (Locke)What Character?: Lex LuthorWhy: Terry O'Quinn is already bald so that's already a mark in his favor, but his period as "Evil Locke" showed that the actor exuded the right mix intelligence, charisma, megalomania to be Superman's greatest foe.
Naveen Andrews (Sayid)What Character?: ArchangelWhy: Archangel or Warren Kenneth Worthington III was a young rich playboy whose mutant powers manifested into a pair of giant wings that allowed him to fly. Several very comic book-like plot developments turned him into a dark and misunderstood anti-hero. Sayid had a similar slide into darkness during Lost and, Naveen Andrews is well-equipped to play a similar character.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire)What Character?: JubileeWhy: Jubilee is a young and feisty member of the X-Men. Actress Emile De Ravin has a lot of the same exuberance and sweetness that has made the character such a popular addition to the X-Men mythos over the years.
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie)What Character?: SpeedyWhy: Green Arrow's troubled sidekick grappled with a crippling drug addiction, and is generally underappreciated in the comics world for being the sidekick of a character whose only ability is to shoot arrows pretty well. Who is better to play Speedy than Dominic Monaghan, who plays a wounded drug addict extremely well in Lost.
Jorge Garcia (Hurley)What Character?: The KingpinWhy: Jorge Garcia has always played the nice guy, but maybe it's time for some career diversity. We want to see the actor take on a role that's really a 180 from anything that he's done before.
Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim (Jin and Sun)What Character?: The Wonder TwinsWhy: One of Lost's most crushing moments was the demise of Jin and Sun. In fact, we still wonder why Jin didn't leave Sun behind, no matter how painful it would have been, to raise their baby, but that's an Internet rant for another day. Bringing the actors back in roles where they would hardly ever be separated from each other is the only remedy for our post-Lost blues.
Harold Perrineau (Michael)What Character?: The PunisherWhy: Michael lost his only son on the island, and has done some unsavory things in order to find him. Loss has driven him to do some terrible things, but deep down he's still a good guy, just a bit misguided with the methods he uses.
Malcolm David Kelley (Waaaaaaaaaalt)What Character?: Franklin RichardsWhy: Walt seemed like a normal kid in Lost's first season. That is until he started using creepy backwards speak and was revealed to have some sort of mystical connection with the island that had viewers going "What the f**k is up with that kid". He could definitely play Franklin Richards who also seemed normal, before becoming a reality-warping mutant.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus)What Character?: Doctor OctopusWhy: Michael Emerson played the manipulative and intelligent Ben Linus in Lost, and he'd be perfect to play Dr. Otto Octavius in the new Spider-Man series.
We're done with vampires. Done! But our craving for the paranormal wages on, so Hollywood is charged with injecting a slew of other otherworldly elements into its cinematic output. Throughout 2013, we've seen a wide variety of fantasy and science-fiction creatures, worlds, and principles take form in our favorite (and… less appreciated) movies. Take a gander at what the year has brought us in the way of the supernatural:
MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF MAGIC47 RoninBeautiful CreaturesEpicFrozenHansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThe Lone RangerThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesOz the Great and PowerfulThe Smurfs 2Thor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF FICTIONAL SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGYCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2Despicable Me 2ElysiumG.I. Joe: RetaliationIron Man 3John Dies at the EndMan of SteelMovie 43Pacific RimStar Trek into DarknessThor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT FEATURE COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES Iron Man 3Man of SteelMovie 43Thor: The Dark WorldThe Wolverine
MOVIES THAT FEATURE ALIENSAfter EarthDark SkiesEnder's GameEscape from Planet EarthEuropa ReportThe HostMan of SteelOblivionPacific RimRiddickStar Trek into DarknessThe World's End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE GHOSTSAnchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesThe ConjuringA Haunted HouseThe Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of GeorgiaInsidious Chapter 2MamaSafe HavenScary Movie 5
MOVIES THAT FEATURE ZOMBIESJohn Dies at the EndWarm BodiesWorld War Z
MOVIES THAT FEATURE WITCHES47 RoninBeautiful CreaturesHansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersOz the Great and Powerful
MOVIES THAT FEATURE WIZARDSThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
MOVIES THAT FEATURE DEMONS47 RoninHell BabyThe Last Exorcism Part IIThe Lone RangerThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThis Is the End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE WEREWOLVESAnchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesThe Lone Ranger (original cut)The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
MOVIES THAT FEATURE VAMPIRES (OH, I GUESS WE'RE NOT DONE WITH THEM...)ByzantiumThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
MOVIES THAT FEATURE MYTHICAL OR MYTHOLOGICAL FIGURESAnchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT FEATURE A RACE OF MONOCHROMATIC, LIKE-MINDED CREATURESDespicable Me 2EpicThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThe Smurfs 2World War Z
MOVIES THAT FEATURE POSSESSION AND/OR BODY SNATCHINGThe ConjuringEvil DeadG.I. Joe: RetaliationHell BabyThe HostInsidious Chapter 2The Last Exorcism Part IIThis Is the EndThe World's End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT BEINGSOblivionThe World's End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE GENETIC ENGINEERINGDespicable Me 2The Hunger Games: Catching FireIron Man 3Scary Movie 5Star Trek into Darkness
MOVIES THAT FEATURE TIME TRAVELAbout TimeFree BirdsJohn Dies at the End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE TELEPORTATION, WORMHOLES, OR ANY OF THAT OTHER NONSENSEJohn Dies at the EndStar Trek into DarknessThor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN ALTERNATE REALMSEpicThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugJohn Dies at the EndMonsters UniversityOz the Great and PowerfulThe Smurfs 2Thor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE ON OTHER PLANETS OR MOONSAfter EarthEuropa ReportMan of SteelRiddickStar Trek into DarknessThor: The Dark World
MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN OUTER SPACEElysiumEnder’s GameEuropa ReportFree BirdsGravityMan of SteelRiddickStar Trek into Darkness
MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTUREAfter EarthElysiumThe Hunger Games: Catching FireOblivionPacific RimThe PurgeStar Trek into Darkness
MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE APOCALYPSE OR "POST-APOCALYPSE"After EarthThe Hunger Games: Catching FireIt's a DisasterOblivionPacific RimThis Is the EndThe World's End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE AN AFTERLIFEThe ConjuringInsidious Chapter 2R.I.P.D.This Is the End
MOVIES THAT FEATURE WHATEVER THE F**K HAPPENS IN UPSTREAM COLORUpstream Color
MOVIES BASED ON FAIRY TALESHansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersJack the Giant Slayer
MOVIES IN WHICH A YOUNG WOMAN WHO THINKS SHE IS MORTAL FINDS OUT THAT SHE ISN'T AND MUST RISE TO THE OCCASION TO STOP A DASTARDLY FORCE OF EVILHansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
MOVIES THAT FEATURE TALKING ANIMALSThe CroodsEpicThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugOz the Great and PowerfulScary Movie 5TurboWalking with Dinosaurs
MOVIES THAT FEATURE TALKING INANIMATE OBJECTSCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2FrozenOz the Great and PowerfulPlanes
MOVIES THAT FEATURE "MIND-MELDING"Pacific RimStar Trek into Darkness
MOVIES THAT FEATURE THE USE OF TELEKINESISBeautiful CreaturesCarrieDark Touch
MOVIES THAT FEATURE LARGE ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO FANTASTICAL OR SCI-FI CAUSESDespicable Me 2Ender's GameEscape from Planet EarthEscape from TomorrowJack the Giant SlayerMonsters UniversityThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesR.I.P.D.Star Trek into Darkness
MOVIES THAT FEATURE PROPHECIESByzantiumThe Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugThe Lone RangerThe Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThis Is the End
MOVIES THAT USE THE NAME "RONIN"47 RoninEpic
MOVIES THAT I DIDN'T SEE BUT THAT I'M SURE FALL INTO A FEW OF THESE CATEGORIESPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
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Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Snoop Dogg, will.i.am and comedian Kevin Hart were among the stars who spent part of their Christmas Day (25Dec13) courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers' home game against the Miami Heat basketball team at the Staples Center. Actress Gabrielle Union was also in the stands to cheer on her new fiance, Heat ace Dwyane Wade, as his team went on to win 101 to 95.