Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of July 14 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
UNWIND WITH A TOM COLLINS In a transparent effort to appear hip (or something), Open Road Films released its trailer for JOBS, the Ashton Kutcher-helmed Steve Jobs biopic, on Vine. So, that's a thing now, we guess.
Justin Timberlake apparently didn't google the title of his new single before settling on "Take Back the Night," and the real Take Back the Night — the anti-sexual violence awareness organization — was a bit peeved. They even threatened legal action. Whelp.
Justin Bieber, meanwhile, made us all watch his lame-o commercial for a fragrance called "The Key" because he set it to his unreleased single "Heartbreaker." Can we go a week without having to write about the Biebs? Please?
GET HAZY WITH A MOSCOW MULE Kristen Wiig's new movie, Girl Most Likely, was released (yay!). Unfortunately, it kind of sucks (boo!).
Annnddd... Ryan Gosling's new movie sucks, too.
Emma Roberts, meanwhile, was arrested for giving her boyfriend, Evan Peters, a bloody nose. Use your words, Emma, not your fists!
ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA... Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. And, while we were happy to see the likes of Breaking Bad, Veep, and Top of the Lake get the nods they deserved, a few of our favorites were conspicuously absent. Did the Academy of Television Arts & Science forget The Americans exists?
And, last but not least, J.K. Rowling published a new book way back in April but was a total sneaky mom about it and used a pen name. To make matters worse, the pseudonym she chose was male. What happened to girl power?
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Immediately following Wednesday morning's news that Buckwild had been canceled by MTV in the wake of cast member Shain Gandee's death, his cast mates took to Twitter to rally support for the show's second season. Buckwild was midway through production when Gandee died in an off-roading car accident on April 1, and MTV immediately suspended production until the final verdict was released this morning.
The decision to cancel the show, which often featured its cast partaking in dangerous activities like off-roading, seems like a good one. Half of Season 2 would have featured Gandee — a fan-favorite — happily doing the very thing that killed him. It's not exactly the stuff reality dreams are made of. But in a bizarre twist, producer J. P. Williams slammed MTV in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that the whole thing "smells of s**t," and that he would do anything in his power to keep the show going. And now, his cast members have rallied on Twitter to #KeepBuckwildForShain.
Yea people #buckwild is actually canceled & Shain would be fucking pissed. Tweet @mtv & tell them to keep it going.
— MTVsAshley (@MTVsAshleyWhitt) April 10, 2013
Even if @mtv won't #KeepBuckwildForShain I promise the cast of Buckwild will find our own way to see this through for him.
— Cara Parrish (@CaraFnParrish) April 10, 2013
Get #KeepBuckwildForShain trending. Tweet it to @mtv because we all know this is bullshit.
— Anna Davis (@MTV_Anna) April 10, 2013
No matter what the #buckfam will keep fighting for our angel and stick up for what he would want
— Shae Bradley (@mtvshae) April 10, 2013
Knowing from personal experience, the last month of Shain's life was wild and amazing. You're gonna wanna see it. @mtv
— katie (@MTVs_Katie) April 10, 2013
William also took the opportunity to bash MTV's hit Teen Mom — a timely diss, given that one of the show's stars just shot a porno. "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy," Williams says. "They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show?”
One of Teen Mom's most troubled stars, Jenelle Evans, fired back on Twitter saying "wow I can't believe u just called all of the Teen Moms out like that. How rude, no matter what "show" u r on we r a family." To which Buckwild's Katie Saria replied:
Yeah jenelle, literally no one asked you.
— katie (@MTVs_Katie) April 10, 2013
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The story of the late great Johnny Cash depicted in Walk the Line is not quite all encompassing. The film dramatizes just one moment in Cash's life: his tumultuous 20s and rise to fame. The young Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) married and straight out of the army struggles with his music finally finding his patented blend of country blues and rock music. Haunted by a troubled childhood Cash sings songs about death love treachery and sin--and shoots straight to the top of the charts. On tour he also meets and falls for his future wife June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) whose refusal to meddle with a married man only further fuels the fire and contributes to his eventual drug addiction. Their cat-and-mouse love story provides the film’s core but unfortunately can’t quite overcome Walk the Line’s formulaic nature. Biopics are generally good to actors. Phoenix and Witherspoon could easily each walk away with Oscar statuettes for turning in two of the most jaw-dropping spellbinding performances since well Jamie Foxx in Ray. Neither actor had any musical background whatsoever but they both underwent painstaking transformations for the sake of authenticity doing all of their own singing as well as guitar-playing for Phoenix. The actor's performance is purely raw and visceral; his vulnerability is aptly palpable at first but then he becomes the Cash with the unflinching swagger. Witherspoon's Carter is Cash's temptress and she'll be yours too by movie's end. She eerily reincarnates Carter as if she was born to play the part. If Walk the Line is the ultimate actor's canvas then Phoenix and Witherspoon make priceless art-and music-together. While good for the actors biopics can prove to be difficult for the director. It’s hard to highlight a person’s life without it coming off like a TV movie of the week. Unfortunately director James Mangold (Copland) plays it safe with Walk the Line. The duets between Johnny and June on stage are about the only electrifying moments of the film. The rest is pretty stereotypical. And it isn’t because the film only focuses on certain years of Cash's life. It's simply not possible to fit a lifetime into the short duration of a film. The problem instead is that Mangold's presentation of Cash's life would lead one to believe that Cash actually exorcised his demons. But in reality his lifelong demons are what endeared him to the layperson. There was nothing cut and dry about the Cash story--and adding a little grit would have given Walk the Line the edge it needed.