"I went and saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway, and was so offended I peed my pants twice. Maybe three times. I lost count I was so offended." Sandra Bullock was both entertained and offended by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's irreverent musical.
The Harry Potter franchise may have ended this summer, but Daniel Radcliffe has proven he will do no such thing! He went on to score the lead role in the upcoming thriller film The Woman in Black and starred in Broadway's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and that's why Entertainment Weekly named him Entertainer of the Year!
If you think about it, this was a long time coming for the young actor. For the past ten years, we've watched Radcliffe grow from a shy, little boy to a strong, prominent figure in the industry. He successfully captivated moviegoers all around the world through his compelling, magical journeys as the titular character of Harry Potter. And if all that isn't enough to convince you Radcliffe is ultimately a Hollywood gem, he also recently made Forbes' list of most bankable box office stars. So is there really any wonder why he was crowned with the incredibly prestigious title?
In an earlier interview with MTV News, Radcliffe opened up about his many endeavors over the past year, saying, "It's been a great first year away from 'Potter.' It's been very successful. I've done some work I'm really proud of in that time, particularly onstage in 'How to Succeed.' Just the process of doing it and doing it and doing it, I've got so much better, I think, during the run, as is the way it should be. It's been a great year, but I think next year is the big one for me. 'The Woman in Black' is coming out, and I've also got a couple other things I'll be doing. The next two or three years are going to be pretty important, I think, and if  is not a breakout year, it's a breakaway year."
Other actors honored in EW's annual issue include Adele, the cast of Bridesmaids, Hugh Jackman, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Viola Davis and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
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Last night, a very bald Matt Damon stopped by The Late Show to talk about accidentally crossing the line with a man's wife in the park one afternoon, and to take a Christmas picture with Letterman.
Katherine Heigl showed up on The Tonight Show to discuss her new movie New Year's Eve, and the down-side to being married to a rock star: living on a bus, and frequenting truck stops.
Sarah Jessica Parker visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about Christmas in her household, and how, alongside all of her tireless work to make the holidays special, her husband Matthew Broderick has invented the most popular tradition of putting things in pots.
Finally, also on Late Night, the great Patton Oswalt talked about one of the greatest moments in television history: a prank he played on King of Queens where he remained ENTIRELY STILL for an entire scene...and then some.
Ralph Fiennes (the esteemed actor now best known for embodying Voldemort in the Harry Potter films) gave himself no small challenge for his first directorial effort. Coriolanus is a dense political Shakespeare play modernized by Fiennes and writer John Logan (Gladiator The Aviator Hugo) into a raw bloody war movie. The film maintains the play's original text a theatrical speech that manages to both heighten and impede the drama in certain instances. But Fiennes injects the material with unfiltered energy and even when the story is lost in its own intricacies it's visceral and commanding.
Presented against the nightmarish backdrop of "Rome " a Children of Men-esque land devastated by raging battles Coriolanus follows the troubled political career of Caius Martius Coriolanus (Fiennes) a general who fights resistance movements butts heads with local protestors and evades attack from influential statesmen. Martius is driven by one goal: to defeat his former friend and long-time nemesis Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) leader of the opposing Volscian army. Rather than attend to the city's rioting population the general joins his military squad to breach the Volscian's walls in hopes of going mano a mano with Aufidius. Martius achieves victory after victory (without putting an end to his Aufidius troubles) becoming a hero to his government. Eventually through his overbearing mother's persuasion Martius is convinced to put down his semi-automatic and begin an ascent to political greatness. It doesn't go so well.
Even if the abridged version of Coriolanus presented in the adaptation was a slow-paced talky drama every detail of Shakespeare's complicated narrative may still be difficult to parse but Fiennes isn't looking to hold any hands. He shoots his movie with the kineticism of a Bourne movie or the recent Hurt Locker full of shaky cam movement and too-close-for-comfort close-ups. He uses the extreme presentation of 24 news networks to replicate in Shakespeare's expository asides while bombarding our senses. He has a cast who can deliver The Bard's poetic dialogue with a cadence that fits realistic setting. The sound and feel of the language is as important as the meaning.
Fiennes isn't as concerned with audiences registering every last minutiae of Coriolanus and he takes every opportunity he can to let his cast off their leash to dig into the drama's inherent intensity. The director/actor plays Caius Martius Coriolanus like a rabid dog—crazed behind the eyes and ready to unleash a barrage of hellfire and spit. Butler's Tullus Aufidius is a low-key foil but when the two finally butt heads neither gentleman holds back. The real stand out is Vanessa Redgrave as Martius' mother Volumnia whose hushed manipulation is even more terrifying than Martius' over aggression.
Coherence isn't the priority in Coriolanus and attempts to connect with the characters becomes a chore but Fiennes's first foray into directing is enjoyable in the exhilaration it delivers to a time-honored text. Forget your memories of 11th grade English—this is unique adrenaline-infused Shakespeare.
Broadway hit The Book Of Mormon has recouped its initial $11.4 million (£7.13 million) production costs in the eight months since its launch in March (11). The musical was created by South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone and swept the board at both the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards earlier this year (11).
In the 2006 animated blockbuster Happy Feet an alienated emperor penguin named Mumbles found empowerment through tap-dancing and in so doing managed to both attract a mate and stop the overfishing that imperiled his Antarctic habitat. Directed by George Mitchell – the same George Mitchell who gave us the post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy and the almost despairingly bleak Babe: Pig in the City – Happy Feet paired its broadly conventional narrative with a darker sensibility not often seen in talking-animal fare.
The film’s sequel Happy Feet Two finds Mitchell (co-directing with Gary Eck) both more jovial and more easily distracted. The story begins straightforwardly enough with Mumbles (Elijah Wood) now grown-up and by all appearances well-adjusted ceding the mantle of self-discovery to his son Erik (Ava Acres). Boogie fever has swept the once dance-averse penguin nation but in a cruelly ironic twist Erik has inherited none of his father’s nifty moves. But just as Happy Feet Two appears intent on recycling its predecessor’s basic storyline the film abruptly changes course and embarks on a series of detours that seemed geared more as fodder for throwaway gags and showy set pieces than anything else. The disparate narrative elements while enjoyable in isolation never quite coalesce into a meaningful whole leaving us entertained but unfulfilled.
As before Happy Feet Two features a variety of buoyant song-and-dance numbers with Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) lending her formidable pipes to spirited re-workings of “Rhythm Nation” and “Under Pressure ” among others. Robin Williams returns for double duty as both Ramon a diminutive oversexed Latin lover and Lovelace a fiery Southern-preacher type. (Lovelace later adopts a Rastafarian dialect allowing Williams to achieve the rare culture-caricature trifecta.) His voracious scenery-devouring is all the more impressive given the grandeur of the scenery. Not to be left out of the quasi-Vaudevillian comic shenanigans Hank Azaria lays on a thick Scandinavian shtick as Sven a charismatic Arctic émigré who presents himself as the only penguin in the world who can fly. Azaria is a hoot but the film’s best moments come courtesy of the cast’s highest-profile additions Matt Damon and Brad Pitt voicing Bill and Will (respectively) two tiny krill in search of meaning at the bottom of the food chain.
No one crosses boundary lines quite like Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Last night's episode of South Park saw Kenny and his siblings turned over to child protective services and when they arrive their case worker seems to have a case of late-night-talk-show-host-itis. The tubby Child Services administrator is more concerned with his comedy career than helping the kids, and apparently his comedy career involves only jokes about things like Neverland Ranch and more timely scandals like the Jerry Sandusky issue at Penn State. (Though if you saw Jon Stewart's rant the other night, these little jokes are just chump change.)
Alright, Parker and Stone, we expect this sort of line-crossing from you two and since you produce your episodes so quickly we knew some sort of commentary on Penn State was coming, but did these jokes have to be delivered with paintings of terrifying clowns in the background too?
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Bosses at Comedy Central have commissioned three additional years for the animated comedy - and creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are delighted.
A statement from the comedy duo reads, "Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there. South Park is a blast and we can't wait to make more."
Network president Michele Ganeless adds, "The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds. Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight South Park fans."
It seems that there will never be an era known as Post-South Park. Thanks to its up-to-date sociopolitical commentary, its familiar but consistently fresh characters, and its creative and often edgy take on anything and everything on its viewers' minds, South Park has plans to stay on the air for five more years. News today is that the Comedy Central series from Trey Parker and Matt Stone has extended its contract through 2016—which means we're sure to get their take on garbage-powered flying cars. This extention will bring South Park's season count to twenty, an impressive and unlikely feat for any television series that doesn't have the words "law" and "order" in the title.
Certain recent episodes have led fans to speculate that the series was coming to an end. A recurring theme this season has been the boredom of the series' main character Stan with his friends and his surroundings, as well as his parents' meta acknowledgement of how ridiculous the series has become. However, fans can now rest easy knowing that the show is not going anywhere anytime soon (pending its avoidance of the apocalypse next winter).
South Park is in its fifteenth season and airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
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The star, who divorced sportsman Tony Parker last year (10), has been linked to the L.A. Lakers star despite being romantically involved with Eduardo Cruz.
Longoria has now dismissed the rumours, pointing out they only know each other through their charity work.
She says, "Matt Barnes and I are not dating! We are doing a charity event together for Padres and Athletes vs Cancer."