Daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda is hoping to follow his recent Grand Canyon stunt by making New Yorkers look up. The stuntman crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope on Sunday (23Jun13) and now he plans to walk between the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.
But he faces an uphill battle before he can even start preparing for the stunt because New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly insists he won't grant the necessary permits.
The top cop says, "It’s dangerous to cross the Grand Canyon, and obviously, there’s water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Here, we have thousands of New Yorkers."
Unperturbed, Wallenda is hoping to meet with Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo in a bid to get them on his side for the battle with the police commissioner.
The Time 100 began in 1999, after a group of cultural elite (including CBS news anchor Dan Rather, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, and the politically infamous Condoleezza Rice) assembled to debate the most influential people on the planet. The famed magazine has been publishing their definitive list ever since, and this year's entry is just as accurate and unexpected as one would suspect.
Among the entertainment-inclined entries are Viola Davis, Louis CK, Adele, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Harvey Weinstein, Rihanna, Stephen Colbert and Tilda Swinton — making the Time 100 the most ragtag list of performers and Hollywood types since Cannonball Run. To make the affair even classier, there are write-ups from equally-famous faces; some are painfully true (Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein: "He can be your most frightening nightmare and your closest friend."), some are unexpectedly elegant (Joan Rivers on Louis C.K. "He's Steven Spielberg without the beard and with humor."), and some are just straight from the gut (Pink on Adele: "I am so relieved that Adele possesses the kind of beauty that she does, that she's crass and funny and that she sings live — and incredibly."). All justified, all curious.
Influence is a hard thing to define, let alone judge, but 2012's Top 100 gets it mostly right. You may not like Rihanna's tunes, but you can't deny her reach — with every move and choice she makes under public scrutiny, her lifestyle is practically a metaphor for her generation. But with only a hundred slots, Time's scientific voting process is bound to miss a few biggies. No worries — Hollywood.com is here to help. Here are five that are hard to overlook:
Tilda Swinton deservedly receives Time's praise for being a versatile actor, but how about her Michael Clayton costar? While he's easily one of the biggest names in Hollywood (making him a bit of an obvious choice), Clooney's influence extends past his day job of writing, acting and directing. He's a political and human activist — and isn't afraid to take a stand, public image at stake. Need proof? Just last March, Clooney was arrested for joining a Washington D.C. protest. Any publicity is good publicity, and Clooney attracts a ton of publicity.
Degeneres is one of the few talk show hosts who uses her widely-viewed platform to simultaneously entertain and defend positive causes. One day, she'll encourage young girls to pursue their ambitious dreams (all while being nauseatingly cute). The next, she'll be defending a socially conscious documentary film, taking a direct stand between her and Hollywood's influential organizations. As a lesbian woman who's broken into the mainstream, Degeneres' humble, kind style of comedy keeps her low key, but she's packing a huge punch on a daily basis. If Harvey Weinstein gets a pat on the back for his muscle, Degeneres deserves the same for doing the same thing with a smile.
Apatow wrote kind words for his Bridesmaids collaborator Kristen Wiig, who he admired from her very first appearance on Saturday Night Live. But the mega producer shouldn't be forgotten — especially in the wake of his current project: HBO's Girls. In the early and mid-2000s, Apatow helped definite a new brand of emotion-driven comedy, his unique TV show Freaks and Geeks and movies like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. He continues to question Hollywood standards with Girls, cultivating a unique voice in writer/actress Lena Dunham. In an industry that's constantly pigeonholed woman as supporting players, here's a guy going out of his way to enable them and reverse standards. The fact that it's hilarious is the cherry on top.
What does Rihanna do that Lady Gaga doesn't do ten times better? They're both uber-successful pop icons, knee deep in the social universe while pushing the envelope of broad style and music. But in the last year, Gaga takes a step forward, with her self-penned hits and outright gay activism, while Rihanna continues to provoke backlash for her on-going Chris Brown saga. If the Time 100 was down to the brass tacks of Twitter followers, Gaga would still trump Rihanna — but in every aspect of her career, no matter how bizarre it may seem, Gaga is evolving the world around her.
One of the biggest hits of the last year is Game of Thrones (HBO — they're going to be a big deal some day!), and while George R.R. Martin's fantastical source material is the hook of the series, it's backbone is actor Dinklage. There's a reason GoT wasn't flying off the shelves and the talk of every water cooler before the TV adaptation. Fantasy is niche. Dinklage makes it digestible, bringing thespian gravitas in his smaller, but unexpectedly powerful package. Dinklage took home the Emmy in 2011 for his role as Tyrion Lannister — and for some reason, that was unexpected. Dwarfism is clearly underrepresented in Hollywood. Dinklage, with every role, continues to take a big step towards changing that.
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The Top 11 Films of 2011
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
High-school misfit Will moves to New Jersey with his single mom and finds himself as socially anonymous at his new school as he was at the last. A music fanatic (he keeps a one-way letter-writing correspondence with David Bowie) Will finds his calling when much to his surprise the school’s hot blonde Charlotte Banks asks him to manage her fledgling garage band. Will accepts the offer taking a group that cranks out uninspired covers of "I Want You to Want Me" and molding it into a high-functioning jamband which he christens “I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On.” Thanks to his coaching they're soon skilled enough to take on the high school’s musical hotshots Glory Dogs at the city-wide battle of the bands Bandslam.
All the while Will is falling for the wry deadpan Sa5m (the 5 is silent I don’t know why) and dealing with the social and emotional damage wrought by his no-good absentee father.
WHO'S IN IT?
Gaelan Connell makes a compelling lead as the gangly and sweetly animated Will. Connell is smart funny and endearing like your awkward little brother. Lisa Kudrow fully engages her perfect comedic timing as Will’s kind smothering mother. Aly Michalka plays Charlotte Banks the blonde guitar-playing former cheerleader with heart and Vanessa Hudgens rounds out the crew as the introverted bookish nerd dream girl Sa5m. Rock legend David Bowie plays himself in a cameo.
The film is laugh-out-loud funny and trusts its young target audience to pick up on humor more subtle than what’s usually found in such teen fare. The dead/loser father subplots give the story a serious hook making it a little deeper and more authentically poignant than what’s expected. These twists also give Connell and Banks the opportunity to display their characters’ emotional range and they're up to the task. The way Will sways a surly audience of high school hecklers into a cheering crowd of fans might just bring happy proud mother-style tears to your eyes.
The flick boasts solid musicianship from its cast members and a deep cut-heavy soundtrack featuring artists including Nick Drake Wilco The Velvet Underground & Nico and Bowie himself.
The characters — sweet nerd alluring alterna-girl affected popular chick gaggle of musical dorks — are all cliches but the fine acting humanizes the crew in that relatable Breakfast Club kind of way.
Also at nearly two hours the film is longer than the subject matter requires.
Will and Sa5m’s trip across the bridge to Manhattan is a lovely grainy hand-held camera montage. This young love field trip/perfect first date reaches a high note when the duo breaks into shuttered punk mecca CBGB and Will finds it everything he's dreamed (a scuzzy shrine to his idols) and more (a fine place to romance his Sex Pistols-endeared love interest).
Lisa Kudrow also reminds us why she was our favorite Friend for so long in her neurotic mom role. The scene in which when she pretends to be a young babe on the prowl in order to help Will lure in a drummer to the band is pure comedic parental love.
It’s understandable that the public at large would perceive this flick to be a cheesy High School Musical-style hokefest for the Disney Channel set. Give Bandslam a chance though and it’ll prove itself to be a surprisingly smart little high school comedy that could simultaneously tide the Twilight legion over until New Moon comes out and endear itself to a broader audience wistful for a John Hughes-style junior year coming-of-age story.
Actress Tracey Gold booked for DUI after car accident
Actress Tracey Gold Marshall, best known for playing Carol Seaver on the hit sitcom Growing Pains, was booked for investigation of felony drunken earlier this month after her sport utility vehicle flipped on a highway in Los Angeles, injuring her husband and two of their three children, The Associated Press reports. Gold Marshall wasn't hurt, but her husband, Roby Marshall, 39, suffered neck injuries, the officer said. The couple's 7-year-old son suffered a broken collarbone and a 5-year-old son was cut, but their 4-month-old son wasn't hurt, California Highway Patrol officer Steve Reid told AP. The actress, 35, spent five hours in jail and was released on $50,000 bail the following day. A court date wasn't immediately available, the highway patrol said.
Baywatch actor charged with DUI
Former Baywatch actor Michael Bergin, who wrote a book about the affair he had with late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife, less than a year after she was married, was charged Tuesday with a felony for driving under the influence, AP reports. Bergin was charged in connection with a July 16 incident in Los Angeles in which a professional inline skater, Jennifer Armstrong, was allegedly struck by Bergin's sport utility vehicle and seriously injured. The actor/model was charged with one felony count of DUI causing injury and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of more than the legal limit of .08 percent. Both counts alleged great bodily injury to the victim, AP reports.
DreamWorks defends Shark Tale
DreamWorks SKG on Tuesday found themselves on the defensive after their upcoming animated film Shark Tale was criticized for ethnic slurs against Italian-Americans, Reuters reports, who say the movie's gangster-like shark characters foster ethnic stereotypes. The New York-based Columbus Citizens Foundation joined an outcry from Italian-American groups condemning the film. "The movie introduces young minds to the idea that people with Italian names--like millions of Americans across the country--are gangsters," Columbus Citizens president Lawrence Auriana said in a statement. Studio spokesman Andy Spahn, however, said the emphasis of the film's humor was on pop culture and Hollywood parodies, similar to DreamWorks' hit storybook satires Shrek and Shrek 2. "It's a family comedy that pokes fun at a number of film genres," Spahn told Reuters. "It doesn't demean anyone, there are no negative stereotypes. There is nothing mean-spirited in the film."
Speaking of Italian-Americans…
Martin Scorsese is being sued for breach of contract by a production company, Hollywood Gang Prods., who claim the director reneged on a promise to undergo a medical checkup as required to obtain insurance coverage during work on an upcoming film, Reuters reports. The lawsuit said Scorsese had agreed in February to "submit to such physical examination" before working on the period drama Silence but had ignored repeated requests to fulfill that commitment. "All we want to do is stick a thermometer in him," Richard Golub, the lawyer for Hollywood Gang, told Reuters on Tuesday.
ABC airs Trump segment alongside The Apprentice
ABC News' newsmagazine show Primetime Live launches its new season with a segment on Donald Trump Thursday at 10 p.m.--smack dab in the middle of the real estate mogul's hit NBC reality show The Apprentice, which will air its supersized episode from 9:20-11 p.m. "I'm a ratings machine," Trump told Reuters Tuesday. "So they figured, hey, we'll do a story on Trump. I do get big ratings, as you know." But Trump is worried the Primetime Live segment could be biased because reporter Chris Cuomo might have an ax to grind. Trump has often criticized Cuomo's father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. "I've openly said to anyone who wants to listen that he's the worst governor in the history of New York," Trump said. ABC, meanwhile, said the segment is fair.
Chubby B-listers take Body Challenge
Former Brady Bunch stars Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen, who portrayed Peter and Cindy Brady respectively, will join Erik Estrada (ChiPS' Ponch) and Charlene Tilton (Dallas' Lucy) in Discovery Health Channel's Body Challenge: Hollywood, a 12-week health and fitness competition. The participants were given personal trainers and nutritionists to help in their transformation. Reuters reports the 47-year-old Knight lost 50 percent of his fat mass during the competition, and is now considering working in the entertainment industry again. The four-episode Body Challenge: Hollywood, which was filmed last December, premieres Sept. 14.
NYC renames street for Law & Order
New York City yesterday renamed a short road that heads to Pier 62 on Manhattan's West Side "Law & Order Way," in honor of the NBC show's 15th anniversary, AP reports. The location is where the show's offices are located and many of its episodes shot. "New York City is as much a part of every Law & Order ensemble as the actors," series creator Dick Wolf said. Veteran actor Dennis Farina, a former police officer, is joining the show's cast this season as actor Jesse L. Martin's detective partner, replacing Jerry Orbach. Orbach is heading to the drama's new spinoff Law & Order: Trial By Jury, which is scheduled to begin shooting next month for a possible January premiere.
Snoop Dogg hosts VGAs
Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg will host Spike TV's second annual Video Game Awards on Dec. 14. Snoop has appeared as himself in several video games, including True Crime: Streets of L.A. and NBA Live 2003, and will appear in the Def Jam: Fight for NY, which hits stores Sept. 20. The rapper and other celebs will pass out awards that include the categories Best Games Based on Movie, Best Music, Best Performance by a Human, Most Anticipated and Most Addictive.
The Motion Picture Association of America has decided to keep the R rating it initially applied to Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, rather than allow a PG-13 rating, a press release stated Monday, despite an aggressive campaign by its distributors, Lions Gate Films and IFC Films, as well as former New York Governor, Mario Cuomo, who was retained as a legal expert, to change the MPAA's mind. The films is set to open in approximately 800 theaters across the country June 25.
"Teenagers should be able to see this film and see it on their own," declared Moore. "Older teenagers are being sent to Iraq, some never to return. To say that teenagers shouldn't see this movie means that the truth should be kept from them. I encourage all teenagers to come see my movie, by any means necessary. If you need me to sneak you in, let me know."
Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films stated, "We are beating back the effort of a small minded few to suppress the film and feel that now is the time for less censorship, not more. The film will open in all 50 states on Friday, and the R rating will not deter the tremendous anticipation and enthusiasm that we see building for Fahrenheit 9/11 as more and more people learn about it."
"IFC is disappointed and strongly disagrees with the MPAA's ruling, but we do respect the process and appreciate that the MPAA listened with open minds to our appeal," said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films. "IFC Films, The Fellowship Adventure Group and Lions Gate remain committed in our support of the film and getting it to reach the largest audience possible. As anyone who has read a paper, watched TV, surfed the web or chatted by a water cooler this week can attest, the interest in Fahrenheit 9/11 has grown to mammoth proportions. It is a shame that Fahrenheit 9/11 will become inaccessible to a segment of the American population to whom this film has a great deal of relevance."
The biggest sticking point in the ratings debate appears to be the use of the word "motherf***er" several times by an American soldier in Iraq, as well as some graphic footage of Iraqi civilian casualties.
Along with Lions Gate and IFC Films, Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is also being released by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Fellowship Adventure Group, a newly created special-purpose company. The Miramax co-heads bought the film rights back from their parent company, the Walt Disney Co., earlier this year, after Disney refused to release the controversial film.
Top Story: Angelina and Billy Bob Make It Official
Time to throw away those blood-filled amulets. Yes, the passionate but brief marriage between Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie, 27, and Billy Bob Thornton, 47, is officially a done deal. Reuters reports court documents were filed Tuesday by Jolie on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences" and uncontested. It was Thornton's fifth marriage and Jolie's second. Jolie's lawyers told Reuters the couple had reached an agreement over support and visitation rights for their adopted Cambodian son Maddox but she declined to reveal details.
Garner Takes a Break
In coping with her recent split with husband Scott Foley, Alias star Jennifer Garner took a much-needed hiatus in Hawaii and also visited her parents in West Virginia. In an interview to air Thursday on Access Hollywood, The Associated Press reports Garner told Pat O'Brien, "I have such great girlfriends, and I was able to go away with them to Hawaii for almost a week and I went home to my parents in West Virginia for a week, so I had a nice time away."
Harrison Ford Gets a Walk of Fame Star…Again
Harrison Ford will get a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, even though he thought he had already received one. It turns out the other star belongs to a silent screen actor of the same name, who got the star in 1960. Ford was selected in 1984 to get a star but never responded. "Sometimes that happens with the nominations,'' Ana Martinez-Holler of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told City News. "They'll change publicists, they'll change management, and aren't aware they had already been approved.'' The mistake came when Ford took the word of someone who informed him--incorrectly--that the other Ford's star was his, Martinez-Holler said. Whew. Glad they got it all straightened out.
Reeves Set to Make Millions Off Matrix Sequels
Exactly how much will Matrix star Keanu Reeves be making with the two Matrix sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions? Good question. Variety reports the intricate back-end deal Reeves made in 1999 when he agreed to do the sequels--which included not only box office sales but DVD, video game, TV sales and ancillaries--could net the actor anywhere from $90 million to near $200 million, depending on the final estimates. His friends must be saying, "Dinner's on Keanu!"
More on Jackson's Legal Woes
The latest suit to enter the courtroom against Michael Jackson could be the singer's most costly, as details of his personal life may be revealed. Reuters reports a lawsuit brought by Jackson's former financial advisor, Myung-Ho Lee, and his firm Union Finance and Investment Corp., claims the onetime King of Pop is broke, having squandered his fortune in "bizarre" ways while egged on by a string of "charlatans." They are seeking $12 million for alleged breach of contract and fraud. Jackson has counter-sued, claiming that his trusted advisor--whom he called "Lawyer Lee"--and Union Finance stole millions from him and destroyed records to cover up their misdeeds, Reuters reports.
P. Diddy Joins Fight Against NY Drug Law
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs stood up with rap mogul Russell Simmons and U.S. housing secretary Andrew Cuomo to call for a repeal of New York's strict Rockefeller drug laws, AP reports. The laws, passed in the 1970s, can subject first-time offenders to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of selling as little as 2 ounces or possessing as little as 4 ounces of a controlled substance. Gov. George Pataki and the state Legislature have been unable to agree on how to reform or repeal them, AP reports.
Kelly Will Join Ozzy Onstage
Kelly Osbourne will team up with dad Ozzy later this year on a U.K. concert tour, Ozzy's first British gig in eight years, AP reports. "I couldn't be happier about doing my own dates in the UK and having Kelly on the bill with me," Ozzy said on the Web Site, www.ozzynet.com. "I decided that this would be a great opportunity to bring my full stage show over to rock the UK."
Role Call: Jovovich's Ultraviolet
Milla Jovovich has signed with Screen Gems to reprise her role in the Resident Evil sequel as well as to play the title character in Ultraviolet, a futuristic vampire tale. Variety reports the film is about a tough woman who finds herself the protector of a 9-year-old boy targeted for death. Backdrop is a civil war in the late 21st century between humans and a subculture turned into vampires.