Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have tied the knot.
The couple exchanged vows on Sunday (31Aug14) during a private ceremony at the Greenwich, Connecticut mansion of the groom's mum, Diana Ross, according to multiple reports.
The bride's newlywed sister Jessica Simpson served as Ashlee's matron of honour, almost two months after her own wedding to husband Eric Johnson, while her kids Maxwell, two, and son Ace, 14 months, took on the roles of flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Bronx Mowgli, Ashlee's five-year-old son with ex-husband Pete Wentz, walked his mum down the aisle.
This is actor Ross' first marriage and the second for Simpson, who was married to the Fall Out Boy rocker from 2008 to 2011. Ross proposed to Simpson in January (14) after just six months of dating.
The bride's father, Joe Simpson, was clearly thrilled about the big day, posting a tweet hours before the nuptials, which read, "Today my little girl gets married. Congrats Ashlee and Evan."
Reports suggest Simpson wore a pearl-embellished white wedding dress and $750,000 (GBP441,000)-worth of Neil Lane rubies.
Between Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe, Sony's tangled web of Amazing Spider-Man characters, and the way Fox keeps rolling out X-Men films, Hollywood is in the middle of a veritable superhero onslaught. However, NikkiFinke.com reports that things are only just getting started, with DC and Warner Bros. planning to roll out their own interconnected series very soon. In addition to Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studios are working on a Justice League movie and solo films for Wonder Woman and Shazam, as well as a Flash/Green Lantern crossover and yet another outing for Superman.
Warner Bros. was set to officially unveil the plans at this year's Comic-Con, along with new details about the upcoming Sandman film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a tentative release schedule that would take them well into 2018. According to the site, the studio has been working on this for some time, and even delayed the release of Batman Vs. Superman so that it would better fit with the rest of the planned universe. With so many films lined up for such a short period of time (expect at least two DC films a year for the next four years) it can be a little difficult keeping track of everything on the slate. We've run down everything we know about the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. universe, along with the reasons you should get excited about them. Although it is kind of hard to be enthusiastic about two Man of Steel sequels.
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Release Date: May 2016 Who's In It: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will all reprise their roles from Man of Steel, and will be joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What We Know About It: Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it will feature Superman facing off against a "older, worn-down" Batman in some capacity. The film's also supposed to be both a follow up to Man of Steel and a prequel for the Justice League movie, so Wonder Woman and Cyborg will be involved in some capacity, although thus far it's not known how much screen time they'll get. How Excited We Are For It: Anything that gets fans as riled up as this film has is definitely worth seeing. As of right now, though, it's hard to predict if it will live up to all of its hype.
Shazam Release Date: July 2016 Who He Is: Originally known as Captain Marvel, Shazam is the altar ego of sports reporter Billy Baston, who was given magical powers by an ancient wizard who wanted Billy to help people. When he says "Shazam!" he is transformed into a super-human with powers from six mythical heroes: wisdom from King Solomon, strength from Hercules, stamina from Atlas, the power of Zeus, courage from Achilles, and speed from Mercury. What We Know About It: Not much. A Shazam film was rumored to be in the works until recently, when Peter Segal (who was on board to direct) left the project, citing the difficulties of turning Shazam's story into a film. Nobody was expecting it to turn up on the schedule, especially with such a close release date. How Excited We Are For It: It's hard to be excited about a project that nobody saw coming, but we're definitely intrigued to find out more. However, if this is indeed the secret DC character that The Rock has been hinting at recently, we're officially on board.
Sandman Release Date: December 2016 Who's In It: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce the project, and is also rumored to be starring as Dream. What We Know About It: To start, it has nothing to do with the other comic book movies that Warner Bros. is working on. The film, which is based on Neil Gaiman's wildly popular series, has been in development for 25 years, but this time Gaiman is involved in production, which is a good sign. However, the script is being written by David Goyer, which could cancel out some of that goodwill. How Excited We Are For It: Cautiously optimistic. The release date is the biggest sign of confidence we've seen so far, but there are still too many elements up in the air for us to to completely drop our guards.
Justice League Release Date: May 2017 Who's In It: Thus far, we're guaranteed to see Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively, as well as Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The studio has yet to cast the remaining team members, although Matt Damon and Jason Momoa have both been rumored for Aquaman. What We Know About It: It will be DC and Warner Bros' answer to The Avengers, so expect lots of action, explosions, and angst. It should also be connected to Batman Vs. Superman in some way, but that's all that's been revealed thus far. How Excited We Are: We're going to have to see Batman Vs. Superman first, but we're definitely looking forward to this one. Hopefully, the studio will use this as an opportunity to add some much-needed levity to the dark, gritty universe they're currently building. What's the point of a superhero film without the wisecracks?
Wonder Woman Release Date: July 2017 Who's In It: The only one we can say for sure is Gadot as Diana Prince a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyscira a.k.a. Wonder Woman.What We Know About It: Next to nothing. DC and Warner Bros have wavered for so long on making a Wonder Woman movie that we have no idea what to expect, although we do have very high hopes. How Excited We Are For It: Are you kidding? We'd buy tickets now if we could. Fans have been clamoring for a Wonder Woman movie for so long that it's hard not to be a little skeptical about its chances of actually making it into theaters, but until we hear otherwise, we're just going to enjoy knowing that a Wonder Woman film is finally on its way.
Flash/Green Lantern Release Date: December 2017Who's In It: Though the DC universe technically already has a Green Lantern in Ryan Reynolds, they haven't hinted at whether he'll be reprising his role, or if they're looking in a new direction (probably the latter).What We Know About It: Again, next to nothing. We don't even know which iteration of the Green Lantern will be part of the team. It would make sense to continue with Hal Jordan, but if they're looking to differentiate this Lantern from Reynolds', they might be better off choosing a different alter ego. How Excited We Are For It: Not very. The last Green Lantern film was terrible, so we don't have a lot of confidence that this one will be better, and we can get our Flash fix with the upcoming CW show, so we won't be marking our calendars for this one just yet.
Man of Steel 2 Release Date: May 2018 Who's In It: Cavill, of course. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Adams, Fishburne, and Diane Lane come back, since they've all signed on for Batman Vs. Superman... unless any of them faces a grim fate in that film, which isn't too unlikely.What We Know About It: It will most likely deal directly with the events of Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League, although we are suprised to hear of this "official" Man of Steel sequel, considering Warner Bros. has been billing Batman Vs. Superman as such for some time now. How Excited We Are For It: We're in favor of anything that promises to get the memory of the first Man of Steel out of our head. Here's a chance to fix your mistakes, Warner Bros.
If there’s one thing that best exemplifies Mad Men’s separation from the rest of modern television, it is the show’s devotion to uncertainty. Nobody on the series knows what he or she wants — a unique concept for a TV drama, as a lack of defined goals makes a character more difficult to identify, relate to, and write for. But the piercing confusion that envelops Don Draper and his clan are exemplified at the forefront of the best episodes of Mad Men, this week’s pseudo-season finale being no exception. We see Don struggle with the question in regard to every aspect of his life: what does he want out of his job? His career? His relationships? His marriage? Himself? As he learns courtesy the dancing ghost of Bert Cooper, he has no idea.
“Waterloo” gives us just about everything we could want from a penultimate chapter Don. Finding out he could well be ousted from the company — the Jim Cutler team sees no room for Don Draper on its staff — Don burrows deep into himself to figure out what he wants. During a phone call with Megan, the pair tacitly agrees that there is no hope for their marriage, ending it with quiet civility and Don’s insistence that he will always “take care of her” … the desire to do so being the only thing that ever really drew him to Megan, or to any woman, in the first place.
But with Peggy, we see Don’s heart. He insists that she take the reins on the Burger Chef pitch in Indiana, investing more furiously in her future than in his own. After last week’s reunion of their good graces, however manufactured this endeavor might have been, we see Don finally pass the torch to Peggy in earnest. We see her deliver a magnificent pitch, one that maintains a quavering humanity all the while nearing technical perfection. And if you watch Don’s eyes throughout the scene, you see everything he feels about Peggy shine through: hesitation and reluctance, sure, but also hope, affection, and respect.
The episode uses the ’69 moon landing to usher in a “new era” for the agency. One without Bert Cooper, who passes away while watching Neil and Buzz step foot on the surface, uttering an awed, “Bravo.” A fitting sendoff to a character who has always felt like he existed in another time… and perhaps on another planet. Bert’s passing is the impetus for Roger to seize kingship — something he has always lacked in his personal life, as indicated by his daughter’s palpable absence during a scene of the Sterling-Hargrove family watching the groundbreaking event — of the company, instituting a purchase from rivals McCann. This deal will make him the leader he has always wanted to be (well, the leader he suddenly thinks he has always wanted to be), will keep his faithful pal Don in employ, and will earn all of the partners a hefty sum of money.
Don agrees, assuring the befuddled Ted that the other side — unemployment — is a barren hell scape. But after the next five years (or, as Ted puts it, their entire lives) are signed away, Don has no choice but to burrow deeper. Mad Men has always been creative in the delivery of its characters internal battles. We cap the episode with Don growing teary through a hallucination of Bert and the office ladies dancing to the Good News number “The Best Things in Life Are Free” — a particularly ostentation method of showcasing Don’s piercing emptiness.
He belongs nowhere. Not in his marriage, not in his family, not in the job to which he has devoted himself nor outside of it. Don is alone and wholly without. And he has no idea how to fix that.
The episode does everything in its power to insinuate the worst for Don: the professional linking of him and Ted assigned in the same hour that showcases Ted’s spiraling depression and likens him outright to Lane Pryce would have us believe that the man falling from the skyscraper in our old friend the opening theme could be Don himself sometime soon. But just as Don seems to when he watches Peggy transform into something that even she thought impossible, just as a long-expired Bert manages in his dying breath when he recognizes the gallantry that mankind is still capable of, we must find hope.
Episode grade: A, because Dancing Bert Cooper's Ghost is the greatest television experience since the moon landing itself.
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The Producers co-stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are reuniting for the upcoming production of It's Only a Play on Broadway.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the veteran stage actors will join forces once again for an updated version of Terrence McNally's 1986 comedy. Broderick is set to portray a nervous playwright at the opening-night party for his new play, while Lane will assume the role of Broderick's envious friend.
It's Only a Play is slated to open this autumn (14). The famous duo first starred together in Mel Brooks' hit The Producers in 2001, for which Lane won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In 2005, they co-starred in a revival of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple.
Actress-turned-fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen has fuelled rumours she is engaged to her French banker Olivier Sarkozy after showing off a large ring on her wedding finger. The former Full House star was leaving an office building with her twin sister Ashley in New York City on Monday (03Mar14) when eagle-eyed onlookers caught sight of her ring amid rumours of her recent betrothal.
Olsen was holding up a scarf to her face in the city's cold weather, inadvertently displaying a huge ring with a gold setting and a diamond in the middle.
While the 27 year old has yet to confirm the news, reports of her engagement to her 44-year-old beau hit the headlines last week (28Feb14). The rumours come months after the pair was allegedly spotted shopping for engagement rings at Los Angeles' Neil Lane boutique in November (13).
Actress-turned-fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen is reportedly engaged to her French banker boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy. The former child star, 27, began dating Sarkozy in 2012 and now editors at UsMagazine.com claim the couple is ready to walk down the aisle.
The news emerges months after Olsen and her 44-year-old boyfriend were allegedly spotted shopping for engagement rings at Los Angeles' Neil Lane boutique in November (13).
If the report is true, it will be Olsen's first wedding, while Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was previously married to Charlotte Bernard, with whom he has two children.
Hollywood hunk Johnny Depp surprised his actress girlfriend Amber Heard on Christmas Day (25Dec13) with $50,000 (£33,330)-worth of jewellery. The Pirates of the Caribbean star purchased diamond drop earrings and a diamond pendant necklace from celebrity jeweller Neil Lane for his new love, who he has been dating since April (13), reports Life & Style magazine.
Mary-Kate Olsen has sparked wedding rumours after she was reportedly spotted shopping for an engagement ring in Los Angeles. The former child star, who has been dating businessman Olivier Sarkozy since last year (12), has reportedly made several trips to the Neil Lane boutique since last month (Nov13) in a bid to find the perfect rock.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Mary-Kate has been seen several times in the last three weeks checking out huge engagement rings at the Neil Lane store. She really likes cushion-cut diamonds, and all of the rings she has looked at are over 5 carats. She has narrowed it down, but still hasn't made a final decision."
A week after relinquishing the Dumb and Dumber sequel to Universal, Warner Bros. has slapped us with another wave of nostalgia, albeit a more mysterious, less moronic one.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Warner Bros. is finalizing its acquisition of the movie rights to an adaptation of the cherished children’s book series, Encyclopedia Brown. With the studio wrapping up negotations, producers Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch are now searching for writers to turn author Donald J. Sobol's books into a film and hopefully a franchise.
Enclycopedia Brown is a solve-it-yourself mystery series following intelligent boy detective Leroy Brown (a.k.a. "Encyclopedia") as he solves mysteries out of his garage. The late author wrote 28 books for the series from 1963 until his death in 2012, with about 10 different mysteries per book. Each story is littered with clues to help readers solve the mystery followed by an answers section in the back.
Mysteriously, this isn't the first time Warner Bros. has attempted to bring the series to the silver screen: the studio reportedly attempted an adaptation starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn in the 1980s. Before then, there were other unsuccessful cracks at a film adaptation, and one short-lived TV series for HBO.
It's a crime that it's taken this many attempts to bring Encyclopedia Brown to life. Will Warner Bros. finally crack the case?
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I know. Summer's in full swing and you've got nothing to download to your Kindle for beach reading and you're fresh out of ideas for Hamptons party conversation starters (because you KNOW everyone is sick of hearing about Twilight or who you'd cast in that possibly-never-going-to-happen Fifty Shades of Grey movie). Here's where Hollywood.com comes in!
We've rounded up a few celebrity-approved titles to create our Hollywood.com Celebrity Book Club so that this summer, if you just so happen to run into Sarah Jessica Parker on the Jitney or Ryan Gosling in the TSA airport security line and find that you have nothing to talk about — or if you, like, actually like to read — you're covered. Click through the gallery for celeb-approved reading material and a bit about each title, just in case you were like me in high school and only want the bullet points.
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