Singer Nate Ruess has reportedly struck up a romance with fashion designer Charlotte Ronson. The fun. frontman met the Brit through her twin sister, DJ Samantha Ronson, and the new couple has been secretly dating for months, according to Us Weekly.
Ruess and Ronson made their first public appearance together on Saturday (19Jul14) at an event in Montauk, New York, and an insider tells the magazine the Some Nights singer was "very incognito and didn't want to pose for photos but stood close and held Charlotte's dog Oliver... it's been super hush!"
Another source adds, "They were introduced a while ago and have met a few times but it recently turned romantic. They have quite a few mutual friends actually. It's cute."
Ruess previously dated his bandmate Jack Antonoff's sister, Rachel Antonoff, who is also a fashion designer.
Shailene Woodley donned a disguise to watch her new movie The Fault In Our Stars at a cinema over the weekend (07-08Jun14). The actress and her co-star Ansel Elgort went incognito at a screening of the new drama on Saturday night (07Jun14), with Woodley wearing a long, curly wig to make herself unrecognisable.
Elgort posted a picture of the pair posing together on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Shai's amazing disguise to go see #tfios (The Fault In Our Stars ) last night without causing a scene!"
He added, "Shai is bringing her own popcorn to #tfios hahahaha. So bootleg."
The pair's movie made a huge splash in its opening weekend (06-08Jun14), beating Tom Cruise's new action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow to the top of the North American box office with an impressive $48.2 million (£30.13 million) haul.
Kanye West has fuelled speculation he is preparing to wed Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy after revealing the couple's baby daughter was conceived in the city. The showbiz couple is set to marry in Europe later this month (May14), and although initial speculation pointed towards Paris as the location for the nuptials, reports now suggest guests will have dinner in the French capital before they are flown to Florence for the ceremony.
The rapper has now given a huge clue about the location of the wedding by revealing the couple's daughter, North West, was conceived during a trip to the historic Italian city.
In an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper, which was published on Friday (16May), West opens up about his love for the city and his personal connection to the area, saying, "I adore Florence. I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle. To tell you the truth, I already came to the banks of the Arno (Florence's river) with Kim last year, just the two of us, incognito. I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. It was our first honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world - for me the most beautiful in Europe."
West was speaking during a trip to the city this week (beg12May14) when he visited local fashion designer Ermanno Scervino. The publication reports that West and Kardashian have chosen Florence's historic Fort Belvedere for the wedding, which is said to be taking place on 24 May (14).
Hollywood action man Arnold Schwarzenegger donned a fake moustache and a ponytail to play a prank on gym-goers in California as part of a charity stunt. The Terminator star went incognito during a visit to Gold's Gym in Venice, California to dole out exercise advice to members, but the flimsy disguise and baseball cap failed to fool many of his victims who didn't believe the actor when he insisted his name was Howard.
Video of the failed prank hit the web on Tuesday (21Jan14). It was part of an initiative to raise money for After-School All-Stars, a charity supported by Schwarzenegger which provides post-classes activities for disadvantaged kids.
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Monday morning saw a heap of news involving the Weinstein brothers and their former golden goose Miramax. Deadline reports that, in short, Hollywood kingpins Harvey and Bob have signed a deal that will allow them to dig up old properties and revive them in new forms. This means sequels, reboots, and reimaginings for a lot of their past Miramax hits. In ascending order of madness, we have mention of...
- Rounders 2 — a follow-up to the Matt Damon poker flick that is reaching for Robert De Niro as the central villain.- A "series transfer" for Flirting with Disaster, an early David O. Russell movie that saw Ben Stiller on a quest to find his biological parents. This could easily be transformed into an episodic comedy (though we're not saying it should).- A Shakespeare in Love sequel, which, we guess, would involve the Bard's continued forays with romance as he explores the creative folds of his mind.- And finally, the most bewildering announcement that the showbiz news circuit has coughed up lately, another series adaptation: this one of the movie Good Will Hunting.
...That's pretty weird. For the three Americans who haven't seen Good Will Hunting, it tells the story of (once again) Matt Damon, as a 20-year-old orphan, impoverished Bostonian, and all-around dillhole with a genius intellect, most notably for complex mathematics. He spends most of his time causing mayhem with fellow dillholes (of the non-genius variety) Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, and Cole Hauser, until his mental stamina is discovered by a haughty MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgaard) who insists that his old pal (Robin Williams) refurbish the troubled young Damon's psychological state of being so that he can put his intelligence to good use. In the end, everything works out rather neatly. The poor-but-smart Mr. Hunting finds an outlet for his talents, gets in touch with his latent childhood traumas, and even meets a nice lady in the process (Minnie Driver). The sort of self-contained story that made for the bread and butter of '90s cinema.
So how on Earth are they going to turn this picture into a series? Some hefty bastardization is in order...
The Session-by-Session Route: Each week, we'll examine the psychological progress achieved by young William Hunting as he undertakes regular therapy sessions with Dr. Robin Williams. I mean Sean. Kind of like The Sopranos, with a different (albeit similarly egregious) mistreatment of the letter "R". Potential episodes: "Will Hunting's Daddy Issues," "Will Hunting and the Naked-in-High-School Nightmare," "Will Hunting vs. the Rorshach."
The On-the-Road-to-Skyler Route: At the end of the movie, we see Will take off out of Boston in the new car just bequeathed unto him by three friends who, unlike himself, actually don't have high paying jobs lined up. Without so much as a goodbye, he zooms down the road to "see about a girl" ... in other words, to reunite with Skyler, who at this point resides in California. Maybe we'll see the sequel as a series of sorts, with Will taking on a cross country journey to make amends with his lost love, getting himself mixed up in goofy adventures along the way. Potential episodes: "Will Hunting Takes Manhattan," "Will Hunting in the Bayou," "Will Hunting's Sheboygan Adventure."
The Just-Hangin'-'round-with-Chuckie-and-the-Fellas Route: This is probably the worst idea of the bunch... and yet, so many a film and TV program has been made of it. In this incarnation, Will and his Southie pals would spend their time drinking, cursing, watching little league games, beating up other kids in the park, going down to the bowling alley. Think of it as an even more nihilistic Seinfeld, with less money and a good deal more maim. Potential episodes: "Will and Chuckie Rob the Shaw's," "Morgan's Get Rich Quick Scheme," "Cole Hauser's Sheboygan Adventure."
The Original Thriller-esque Route: For those of you who have read up on the story behind the production of Good Will Hunting, for whatever unfounded reason, you might know that the script was originally a thriller about G-men who pursued Will for his mathematic gift. So, maybe something like that would work as a series, and we'd see Will taking on Jason Bourne-like adventures as he avoids the long arm of the American government. Potential episodes: "Will Goes Incognito," "Will Meets Carrie Mathison," "Will Finally Realizes It's Time to Serve His Country and Sells Out Entirely."
Which of these Good Will Huntings would you most like to see?
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The stars of hit TV show Downton Abbey are grateful they wear elaborate costumes for the period drama as it reduces the chance of fans mobbing them in public. The show has become a huge draw in the U.K. and U.S. since its launch in 2010, and has made household names of actors including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and Laura Carmichael.
The stars feared their newfound fame would lead to hysterical fans constantly approaching them on the streets - but their over-the-top traditional outfits mean then can usually go incognito when out and about.
Carmichael tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "It's weird. I do feel like we are in a bit of a disguise in period costumes. But yeah, (the public reaction) is mad, particularly in the States. It's crazy."
There are a few things we know to be true about Leonardo DiCaprio: he had the most attractive "awkward stage" we've ever seen, he should have won an Oscar by now, and Kate Winslet never should have let him go. And now we can add another important item to the list: the man f**king loves to Citi Bike.
Since New York City launched its bike-sharing program in May, DiCaprio has been seen astride the brilliant blue frame numerous times. And it's awesome. What can he say? Leo cares about the environment. Here's your photographic proof:
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And there you have it, folks. Leonardo DiCaprio making socialist transportation movements attractive, one blue bicyle at a time.
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This summer, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis role-played a happy, suburban family to smuggle a huge pot shipment over the border in We're the Millers. But that's not the first time the "assumed identity" plot has been put to hilarious use. Hollywood cops and criminals are always going undercover to infiltrate, shake off suspicion, and generally make fools of themselves. Here are a few of our favorite comedies about going incognito.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Deloris Van Cartier (easily one of the best movie character names of all time), a lounge singer who's tucked away in a convent after she witnesses a murder. Initially wary of the "sisters," Deloris opens up when she takes over their music program. They teach her about friendship and selflessness; she teaches them how to access that deep "shoulder action."
Bringing Down the House
A guilty pleasure through and through, this late-era Steve Martin vehicle has him harboring escaped con Charlene (Queen Latifah) and passing her off as his nanny. Despite some cringey "soul sister" dialogue, this one is an excellent, mindless choice for a lazy (or hungover) Saturday afternoon.
Bird on a Wire
The action-comedy was a late '80s/early '90s specialty, probably because it's a genre that sets up countless opportunities to follow up an explosion with a really great pun. This mash-up stars Goldie Hawn as a former girlfriend who finds her ex (Mel Gibson, pre-crazy) as an FBI informant under deep cover and joins him in the fray.
Keanu Reeves goes undercover to bust a group of surfer/bank robbers led by Patrick Swayze in one of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow's first features. So Point Break isn't technically a comedy. But it is a cult favorite, thanks in large part to Reeves' and Swayze's glorious surf-dude manes and ambiguous tension.
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is TV-to-film adaptation done right. Come for the undercover high school antics of unlikely comedy duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, stay for the inspired cameo by original Jump Street star Johnny Depp.
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With the recent flurry of fascinating documentaries about underappreciated musicians that started with last year's Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man, you might be wondering where to start with these artists' discographies. Here's the lowdown on five artists whose stories have recently played out on the big screen.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me told the story of one of the finest bands of the 1970s, Anglophile power pop geniuses from Memphis whose career was hampered by record label incompetence and intra-band squabbles. The star-crossed Big Star Third, recorded by guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens after the rest of the band had left, is justifiably considered the band's masterpiece. But that album's inebriated darkness makes a little more sense after hearing the first two, #1 Record (the only Big Star album to feature co-founder Chris Bell) and the near-perfect Radio City. Those two are available on a single CD on Fantasy Records. Or you can get the 2009 box set Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino Records), a four-disc behemoth heavy on the alternate mixes, outtakes and live tracks.
One of the focal points of the joyous Twenty Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love was the secret weapon of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Literally, in some cases: The Crystals' 1962 #1 hit "He's A Rebel" was sung not by The Crystals themselves, but by Love and her group The Blossoms. The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love (Sony Legacy) gathers the finest of Love's work for Spector, including that incognito hit but not, annoyingly, her signature song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." If you're interested in The Blossoms' non-Spector work, the fantastic U.K. reissue label Ace Records hits the high points on So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1968.
The other standout of Twenty Feet From Stardom, powerhouse soul goddess Merry Clayton is best known for her thundering vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," which was also the title track of her 1969 solo debut album. Though that LP and its three follow-ups are all long out of print, the recently released The Best of Merry Clayton (Sony Legacy) documents these excellent pre-disco R&B discs. It also includes her other best known track, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," which was used as the theme for Robert Blake's '70s cop series Baretta. So both Clayton and Love were professionally connected to famous men who were later convicted for murder. Weird.
The fascinating (though, some have charged, not entirely factual) documentary Searching For Sugar Man unexpectedly revitalized the career of a man who had been one of rock's most obscure cult figures, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. An inner-city version of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs with a soulful, haunted voice, Rodriguez released two albums in the early 1970s, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Several years before Searching For Sugar Man came out, the estimable reissue label Light In The Attic Records resurrected both albums in digital, CD and sumptuous vinyl editions. Both are excellent, but 1970's Cold Fact slightly gets the edge for the creepily gorgeous "Sugar Man," a paean to the neighborhood drug dealer that remains his best-known song.
The most obscure act of the lot, Death were a mid-'70s hard rock trio consisting of three teenage African-American brothers (like Rodriguez, from Detroit) whose self-released 1975 single "Politicians In My Eyes" was for years a holy grail of underground punk collectors. The brothers Hackney only recorded seven songs during the band's lifetime, all of which can be found on the 2009 compilation ...For The Whole World To See (Drag City Records). As seen in the intimate film A Band Called Death, bassist/singer Bobby Hackney's three sons have their own punk band Rough Francis, named after a short-lived pseudonym of their late uncle David Hackney, Death's guitarist. Rough Francis just self-released their debut album Maximum Soul Power.
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James Bond star Daniel Craig lost his rag and flipped his middle finger at a snapper when he was photographed out and about in New York this week (beg26Aug13). The notoriously private 007 actor tried to remain incognito by hiding his famous face behind a grey beard and the peak of a baseball cap during a shopping trip in Manhattan.
He was caught off-guard when an eagle-eyed photographer recognised him and began taking pictures - and the surly Skyfall star shot the snapper an irritated look before sticking out his tongue and holding up the middle finger of his right hand.