Former Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon has been sentenced to serve four months behind bars for smuggling her boyfriend into the U.S. Shannon was arrested in August, 2012, after she was caught trying to sneak her ex-convict boyfriend Robert Skojo across the Canadian border into America.
She was charged with transporting an alien.
The model has also been ordered to pay a $5,000 (GBP3,330) fine and must report to jail by 3 December (13).
Robert De Niro came to director Jon Turteltaub's rescue on the set of new comedy Last Vegas after calling in 50 Cent to portray a gangster rapper in the movie. The filmmaker had been struggling to find an appropriate musician to take on the small role until De Niro offered to reach out to his Righteous Kill co-star and invite him to the set.
Actor Romany Malco, who appears in Last Vegas with De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman, says, "There was this one instance where we needed a gangster rapper to be in this one scene. We're getting closer and closer to the day we needed to shoot and we needed to find one and the director was panicking, and De Niro steps up and goes, 'Who do you need...? You want 50?'
"He literally pulled out his phone, and speed dials: '50, you wanna be in my movie?' All I heard was, 'Yeah'. Next thing you know, jets, bodyguards (turn up onset)...
"It's awesome, I don't think I've worked with more connected people in my life."
The Raging Bull icon formed an unlikely friendship with 50 Cent after working together on 2008's Righteous Kill and last year's (12) cop drama Freelancers.
A collection of autographed Polaroid photos featuring stars like Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and Meryl Streep are expected to fetch up to $30,000 (£20,000) at auction next month (Nov13). Photographer Tim Boxer swapped his Nikon F professional camera for a cheap Polaroid to snap his celebrity subjects after finishing professional shoots with them during the 1970s and 1980s and he persuaded the famous faces to sign the candid, instantly-developed pictures there and then.
He amassed a total of 212 rare snaps over the years, including shots of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Onassis, pioneering artist Andy Warhol, and a 12-year-old Brooke Shields after she shot to fame in controversial movie Pretty Baby in 1978.
The photos are now set to go under the hammer at Doyle New York on 25 November (13), reports the New York Post.
Married actors Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have received glowing reviews for their performances opposite each other in a Broadway production of Betrayal. The Hollywood stars play married couple Robert and Emma in the revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 play, which tells the story of a woman's affair with her husband's pal, played by Rafe Spall.
The production officially opened on Sunday (27Oct13) to mixed reviews, which largely praised the three lead actors' efforts while expressing disappointment with the show.
Joe Dziemianowicz, of the New York Daily News, hails Craig and Weisz as "smashing and sexy" while noting the 007 star's ability to bring "a virility and vibrant expressiveness" to his character, but Elysa Gardner of USA Today writes that the production "doesn't pack as much punch as you'd hope it would" and "feels strangely subdued".
Elisabeth Vincentelli, for the New York Post, also slams the show as "emotionally distant and a tad too tasteful" but praises Weisz for bringing "a stunning, warm beauty... paired with emotional opacity" to her role.
Charles McNulty, of the Los Angeles Times, describes it as "sleek and luxurious" and a "handsome production" while also hailing Spall's performance as "the most thrilling in the cast", and Tom Teodorczuk, of Britain's The Independent, writes that Craig and Weisz turn in "knockout performances".
However, The Guardian's David Cote takes aim at director Mike Nichols, insisting he has "the tone completely wrong" and describing the show as a "glossy, empty revival".
Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth got their hands dirty on Saturday (26Oct13) as they joined forces with their The Good Wife co-stars to help rebuild New York homes damaged by last year's (12) superstorm Sandy. Josh Charles, Archie Panjabi and Zach Grenier were also among the charitable actors pitching in with the St. Bernard Project in the Rockaways area of Queens on the first anniversary of the natural disaster, which lashed America's East Coast with heavy rain and strong winds.
During the visit the castmembers, along with show creators Robert and Michelle King, presented charity officials with a cheque for over $77,000 (£51,330) to aid their ongoing recovery work.
The group outing also served as a celebration to mark The Good Wife's 100th episode, which aired in America on Sunday night (27Oct13).
It wasn't the first time Margulies and her pals had offered their support to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - they previously headed to the Big Apple in the days after the storm to lend a hand.
Kim Kardashian is handing over wedding planning duties to her fiance Kanye West, insisting the rapper is in charge of organising their nuptials. The hip-hop star proposed to the reality TV beauty on her 33rd birthday on 21 October (13), taking over the AT&T baseball park in San Francisco, California to present her with a diamond ring.
Twice-divorced Kardashian has now revealed she will let her husband-to-be make all the decisions for their upcoming wedding, telling People.com, "We honestly haven't had a moment to talk about it (the engagement) or even breathe, so we haven't really talked about it, but whatever he wants."
Kardashian also admits West's romantic proposal was an "absolute, complete surprise," adding, "I was shaking so much, shaking the entire time. Like, 'Is this really happening?' It was like an out-of-body experience."
Kardashian, whose late father was attorney Robert Kardashian, will be walked down the aisle by her stepdad, former Olympian Bruce Jenner.
Once upon a time – back when Hollywood still came up with original ideas and wasn’t run almost exclusively by marketing departments – remakes were a rare bird. Once upon a time, audiences were treated to primarily original fare they hadn’t already seen in another guise. Once upon a time, a trip to the cinema was fresh and new; a wonderland brimming with thoughts, ideas and concepts perhaps viewers had never before imagined.
These, however, are not those times, particularly in the horror genre.
For fans over the age of 35 or so, it’s tough to remember any films from the '70s and '80s that haven’t yet made the list of do-overs. Thing is, for every quality redo (think 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers or 1986’s The Fly) comes seemingly dozens more of absolute inferior (if not outright offensive) quality. Here are five of the most odoriferous.
Fright Night (2011)
Whereas the first Fright Night (1985) featured a nostalgic late-night horror host as protagonist, the remake opted for a sleazy Vegas magician. Bad choice. Roddy McDowall was sympathetic in his role. David Tennant was just greasy. Just not as fun as the first.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Torture-porn at its finest, this remake featured none of the social commentary of the first about the industrialization of American society. Instead, it substituted basic blood and guts simply for the sake of blood and guts (something lacking in the original which relied almost solely on atmosphere).
The Wicker Man (2006)
Go ahead. You know you’re thinking it. Me, too. Cue the truly horrific Nicolas Cage performance. Subtlety thy name is Coppola.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
No one but Robert Englund will ever be known as Freddy Krueger – so, even if execs were hell-bent on a remake, why cast another actor in the role? Of course Jackie Earle Haley wasn’t as good, and of course, this remake was a shadow of its original self.
The absolute poster child for pointless remakes – this one done in a shot-for-shot fashion, no less. It’s almost as if director Gus Van Sant lost a bet. How else to explain the Xeroxing of this Alfred Hitchcock classic? You tell me.
British director Antonia Bird has died at the age of 54. She passed away on Thursday (24Oct13). No further details have been released.
Announcing her death on Twitter.com, her longtime collaborator and friend Robert Carlyle writes, "Such a sad day today.. RIP Antonia Bird. Farewell my beautiful friend xxx."
Bird started off her career directing British TV shows such as Casualty and EastEnders. She went on to win a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for her drama Safe, before moving into films with the release of controversial faith movie Priest in 1994.
Marking the start of her longrunning professional relationship with Carlyle, the pair went on to work together on 1997's Face and 1999 horror movie Ravenous.
She also set up production company Four Way Pictures with The Full Monty star, author Irvine Welsh and film critic Mark Cousins.
Before her death, Bird had been working on new drama Cross My Mind and had directed episodes of gritty BBC series The Village.
Jamie Foxx will be forever grateful to Robert Downey Jr., after the Iron Man star showed up to his daughter's fifth birthday party as a surprise guest. The Django Unchained star asked his The Soloist co-star to show up at his kid's bash after he overheard her telling friends she knew Downey's Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark because he was close to her dad.
Foxx tells U.S. TV host Katie Couric, "We had an Iron Man-themed party and... it was just a shot in the dark. I text Robert Downey, Jr. and I'm like, 'Hey, listen man, my daughter is turning five, and (is having) the Iron Man theme (at her party).'
"He shows up just before the party, brings like a whole big thing of Iron Man toys and passed it out to all the kids and then I was, like, trying to rush it because I thought he was in a hurry and he was like, 'Dude, here's the deal, I'm here, don't worry about it...' So he hung out and, to this day, I'm indebted to that dude."
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Perhaps hoping to compete with the steller Captain America: the Winter Soldier trailer this week, Sony's X-Men: Days of Future Past just released its first teaser... on Instagram Video. Yep, it's seven action-packed seconds from director Bryan Singer, back for DOFP from the original two movies. It might not look like much, but take a second glance and you'll realize there's a lot of information condensed into this quick video.
Now, let's deconstrct it shot-by-shot. It won't take long, (there's only fifteen shots) and you'll be surprised how much you learn.
1. Closeup on a blue/green eye: Starting with an easy one. Looks like someone's going to get one hell of a nightmarish vision from Cerebro.
2. A motorcade drives by a crowd waving yellow/red flags reminiscent of China/Russia: The comic version of Days of Future Past takes place in 1980. (The future aspect takes place in 2013.) In that past, some sort of schism must take place to derail the timeline and activate the hatred of mutants that puts the characters in danger. Perhaps Singer is going with an alternate Ccold War wherein another powerful Communist nation emerges. It could even be America, taken over by extreme anti-Fascists like Magneto.
3. Wolverine gets blue light shot into his temples: While in the comics, the catalyst of the time travel is Kitty Pryde's power, and Ellen Page is in this film, some of the clues revealed online suggest that Wolverine will be traveling with her, going to the past to warn the younger X-Men of the cataclysmic future. Here we see, it could be a painful process if even the invulnerable Logan is affected.
4. Hatch opening in the Oval Office: Again, we see the emblem of this new nation everywhere, as a pair of neatly dressed guards open up a secret passage or compartment. There is some sort of government or authority our characters will be either facing or working with.
5. Silly jumpsuits: It's understandable why the primary colored costumes from the comics aren't used, but somehow the all-black bodysuits look even worse this time around. Another thing to notice is that Professor X and Magneto are together and don't seem to be fighting. The anti-mutant crusade (or... something) is serious enough for these two to work together.
6. Storm storming: Storm's stormy powers were never used for much more than set dressing in the other films, so here's the chance for that to either change, or, most likely, stay exactly the same.
7. Young Magneto takes the wide armed stance that usually means he's calling forth his powers. The building behind him could maybe be the White House from earlier? Or a part of the mutant academy? Either way, Magneto is in full righetous evil mode. Check out that Fassbender focus.
8. Mystique crying: So they got Jennifer Lawrence to come back after she won her Oscar and put her in hours upon hours of sequin application. This is doing little to make up for the corniness of the other costumes and makeup so far.
9. Young Professor X using Cerebro: There's a groovy, goofy long hair thing happening that you'd think a powerful telepath would realize makes him look ridiculous.
10. Ice Man icing: Great, Singer gets to write more Ice Man/Rogue/Shadowcat fanfiction.
11. Wolverine punching with no shirt on at some guys with guns/'70s outfits: Okay, so no wonky ages for Wolverine. We're getting the same old Hugh Jackman, with the muscles and the shirtlessness and the jeans and the unrealistic leaping.
12. Beast screaming: showing off the combination of practical effects and CGI that made him look absolutely nothing like actor Nicolas Hoult. And another strike for the cartoony facial hair and clothes. Where does one find a XXXXXL leather blazer?
13. Someone drowning. This shot implies that someone drowns, or comes close to drowning.
14. Mystique being pulled towards Magneto: Presumably this is some use of his power, but the real story is that Mystique and Magneto are on the outs in this past, maybe still recovering from Magneto accidentally (and outside of comic canon) paralyzing Professor X.
15. Professor X ducks away from a bright light: Seriously, I never knew how bad Xavier's fashion sense was. What is up with those buckles on the front of his suit? Calling it up front: this movie's wardrobe department gets an F.
Imagine how much we'll learn when they release a full trailer.