Actress Sophia Bush is reportedly dating her Chicago P.d. co-star Jesse Soffer, just a day after speculation surfaced she has broken up with her Google engineer boyfriend Dan Fredinburg. The former One Tree Hill star is rumoured to have split from the tech programmer back in February (14), and new reports have surfaced suggesting she has found love with her castmate, according to E! News.
An insider reveals the two have been loved up for the past three months, but their close friends were the only ones who knew about the romance, adding, "Jesse is super-sweet and they are really cute together."
Soffer isn't the only co-star Bush has dated - she previously romanced her One Tree Hill castmates Austin Nichols and James Lafferty, and she was briefly married to Chad Michael Murray in 2005.
A Great Big World's Chad Vaccarino has gone public with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, revealing he has kept his medical issues private for the past seven years. The singer was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2007, while he was in college, and admits he has always been hesitant about opening up and telling fans about his ordeal.
During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, Vaccarino said, "It's a big thing to put out there into the universe."
However, he opted to speak out about the disease and share the diet which has helped him treat his condition in a bid to help others.
Vaccarino has adopted the Paleo diet, in which he only eats foods that are hunted or gathered, and he insists the food he eats has helped him remain symptom free.
He explains, "(When I was on the traditional treatment) I would get sick the next day, I started experiencing seizures from these drugs.
"(However, while on the diet my symptoms) went away completely. It was all the diet and relieving of stress."
Actor Chad Michael Murray has split from Australian actress Nicky Whelan. The former One Tree Hill star began dating Whelan last year (13) after they met on the set of upcoming action film Left Behind.
The pair reportedly split earlier this month (May14) following a six-month romance and Whelan has been seeking comfort with her friends.
She posted pictures on Instagram.com of herself on America's Memorial Day (27May14) surrounded by a large group of pals, including John Stamos, former 90210 actress Annalynne McCord and her actor boyfriend Dominic Purcell.
In the caption, Whelan writes, "The most beautiful day in the hills with loved ones," and on Twitter.com she adds, "The LA family... It doesn't get better than this."
Actor Chadwick Boseman is wowing Mick Jagger with his performance as James Brown in the veteran rocker's new film project. The Rolling Stones frontman serves as a producer on Get On Up and he cast the 42 star to play the music icon, despite Boseman's lack of experience as a singer and dancer.
According to Jagger, the actor has been able to tackle the difficult dance moves and his singing skills have left Jagger and director Tate Taylor impressed.
Jagger says, "James Brown was a fluid, supper aggressive mover, so for Chad to learn and do that is quite an achievement."
Taylor adds, "Sometimes I forget to yell cut, because I forget I am directing a movie. I'm mesmerised by him, all of us are. It's like that every single day."
Actor Chad Michael Murray lost 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) to play a homeless drug addict in his new film, Other People's Children. The former One Tree Hill star credits an extreme diet for his drastic weightloss and admits he struggled to perfect his junkie look.
Murray explains, "I wanted to do it organically in a healthy way, I really did. I didn't want to just cut down to water and crackers.
"Every day I didn't consume anything that wasn't from God's green earth. Pretty much oatmeal, egg whites, salads, chicken, tuna - that's pretty much it. You find ways to dress it up and make it wonderful. After a week, you can't tell the difference. You actually look forward to egg whites.
"I'd have some oatmeal and do an hour-and-a-half of circuit training and weights, come home and have a really healthy lunch, like egg whites and a banana. I'd continue on, have some coffee, and do a five-mile jog at night."
He adds, "If you eat really clean, your calorie intake is only 1,400, 1,500, 1,600 calories. But I was burning 3,000 a day with just the training alone. I did that for three and a half weeks and the weight just dropped right off."
After completing filming on Other People's Children, producers treated Murray to his favourite treat - chicken wings.
He recalls, "They were deep-fried with hot sauce. Fantastic."
But the actor admits he is still trying to pack the weight he lost back on: "That's the hard thing... I haven't been able to train much for the past seven months because I've been working back to back."
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea has confessed he and his bandmates were not performing live during the Super Bowl half-time show after fans noticed that neither he nor bandmate Josh Klinghoffer were "plugged in" for their set with Bruno Mars. Many fans were too caught up in the moment to notice the rockers were cordless when they took the stage in New Jersey on Sunday (02Feb14), but eagle-eyed Living Color star Vernon Reid couldn't pass up the moment to poke fun at the stars on Twitter.com after he realised the stars weren't amplified.
He wrote, "That guitar is plugged into NOTHING."
His comment, which was picked up by ABC News, prompted a little debate among rock fans over whether the Red Hot Chili Peppers' set was live or pre-recorded.
Flea responded with a cryptic tweet, writing, "No trickery. No choice, but no trickery."
And the bassist has since revealed the truth behind the performance.
In an open letter to fans on the band's website, he writes, "When we were asked by the NFL (National Football League) and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers.
"There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
"The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly... and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
"We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us...
"So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it... I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell.
"We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
"We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar. For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance."
He adds, "It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people. I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again."
As far as a successful adaptation of a novel to a movie goes, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic at least gets it right in hitting all the important plot points of the book. Father dies: check. Children move to their grandmother’s house and are cooped up in the attic for years: check. The oldest children, Cathy and Chris, develop an incestuous relationship: check (and yikes). Children learn of their mother’s deceit: check. Children escape: check.
The casting of Flowers in the Attic was spot on; the actors chosen to play the Dollangangers certainly look the part of the perfect family, which causes their friends to refer to them as Dresden Dolls. Heather Graham portrays the mother, Corrine, while Chad Willett plays Chris Sr. As for the eldest son, they managed to find an actor, Mason Dye, who looks very much like a younger version of his father. Kiernan Shipka narrates the story as the eldest daughter, Cathy, while Ava Telek and Maxwell Kovach play the twins. However, it’s Ellen Burstyn as the feared grandmother who really pulls out all the stops in her role. Burstyn is the biggest name attached to the film and she certainly proves to be the heavyweight of the cast.
I have to give the movie credit for not shying away from the more controversial aspects of Flowers in the Attic. As the two-hour TV movie follows the twists and turns laid out like a road map by the novel, Cathy and Chris develop their romantic relationship for which the book is most famous. Although, as fans of the book can tell you, the night Cathy and Chris finally get together (yeah, they go all the way) is much less violent than in the original story. Flowers in the Attic makes the relationship as uncomfortable for the audience as possible.
However, despite the casting and the accuracy of the adaption, Flowers in the Attic still falls flat. It’s difficult to make the audience feel as if years are passing throughout a two-hour movie. It’s hard to take lines like “We’re not children anymore, can’t you see that?” seriously when the actors don’t look as if they’ve aged a day. Earlier in the movie, Chris tells Cathy that she should hope to develop curves like a dress form — when clearly the audience can see that Shipka already has all those curves.
Even more than the unrealistic dialogue, though, is the fact that the audience never really gets to know the characters. The movie is so busy checking events and plot points off the list that it never stops to take a breath. The end result is a movie that might look like a good adaptation — they did cover everything — but feels too rushed and harried. You could say Flowers in the Attic is much like the dolls that Cathy references in the opening monologue: pretty and seemingly all there, but with no substance.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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What is it about Halloween episodes that bring out the best in some of our favorite shows? Maybe it's because Halloween is a holiday when anything seems possible but everything seems to go awry. Relationships can start and end on a night when mistaken identities are pretty much a given. And the folks in the writers room must really enjoy putting their actors in truly embarrassing costumes. Whether it features reimagined horror movie tropes or Chandler Bing in a giant pink bunny suit, every one of these episodes was an instant classic.
Freaks and Geeks — "Tricks and Treats"
The teen transition from Halloween as a childhood romp to Halloween as an opportunity to subvert those very traditions is explored by the Judd Apatow series, just as touchingly as every other coming-of-age topic it covered. Plus, Bill Haverchuck dresses up like the Bionic Woman.
The Simpsons — "Treehouse of Horror V"
No comedy owns the holiday quite like The Simpsons. Its "Treehouse of Horror" episodes are a yearly tradition. Our favorite is the fifth, where the family ends up stranded at Mr. Burns's abandoned estate, experiencing what Groundskeeper Willy calls, "The Shinnin'." Now if only we could remember what a lack of TV and beer can make Homer do...
Buffy the Vampire Slayer — "Halloween"
Halloween is complicated in Sunnydale, where the Scooby Gang falls under a spell that makes them become their costumes. What use is a slayer who's acting more like a prissy medieval princess?
How I Met Your Mother — "The Slutty Pumpkin"
HIMYM's first Halloween episode introduced the unattainable "Slutty Pumpkin," a girl who inspires Ted to repeat his once-timely "hanging chad" costume year after year so that they might find each other again.
Friends — "The One With the Halloween Party"
The party itself is irrelevant. It's the costumes, from Spud-nik to the not-so-Velveteen Rabbit to Chandler ("Waahh!"), that put this one on the list.
Boy Meets World — "And Then There Was Shawn"
The TGIF sitcom succeeded in pulling off a genuinely scary send-up of teen slasher fics, complete with a cameo by scream queen Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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