Sir Elton John jumped on stage to duet with Ed Sheeran during the British singer/songwriter's performance at his Oscars viewing party. The Rocket Man star hosts the glitzy event in Los Angeles every year on the night of the Academy Awards to raise money for his charity, the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Guests at the 2014 event included Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Ashley Greene and Neil Patrick Harris, and they were amazed to see the host take to the stage with the night's performer, Sheeran, for a joint rendition of Candle In The Wind.
Actress Nikki Reed posted pictures of the performance on her Twitter.com page, showing the veteran musician sitting at a piano while Sheeran plays guitar, adding in a caption, "No big deal. I'm just hyperventilating. Sir Elton John singing Candle In The Wind with Ed Sheeran."
Prior to the performance, Sheeran posed for a picture on the event's red carpet with Sir Elton John wearing the host's iconic glasses, adding in a Twitter.com caption, "Real life face swap."
If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
More than 2,000 campers have set up tents outside the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Hollywood ahead of the final movie's premiere, and they were rewarded for their dedication with a star-studded concert featuring Reed and her singer husband Paul McDonald.
Reed was overcome with emotion as she thanked the crowd for their support, before debuting All I've Ever Needed, a song she wrote with McDonald for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack.
She said, "This is the last one (movie) and I feel really sad. It's hard to find the words to describe what this whole experience has meant to me. I just love you guys!... I love you guys and I don't ever say that because I always feel that's weird to say to a bunch of people... I mean, I say that to Paul, but it feels weird to say that to a bunch of people I don't know, but I love you guys."
Her co-stars Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene also attended the concert, while Twilight author Stephenie Meyer spent three hours signing autographs.
The star's pal Ashley Greene was forced to miss the final press stops on the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 promotional tour in L.A. when her journey plans were ruined by the bad weather - but it initially appeared that Reed had been a little luckier leaving New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport.
She told her Twitter.com fans, "Everyone say a prayer for me. On the only flight taking off from JFK to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on delta because no other airline will fly with the storm. I'm scared."
The 24 year old returned to the site to reveal she was facing long waits, stating, "You guys are so sweet. I've been reading all of your tweets at the airport. Haven't taken off yet. Flight keeps getting delayed. Feeling nervous." She then added: "Delayed again".
Reed kept her followers updated about her situation, revealing she was playing a game of cribbage with an elderly couple also waiting for a flight - but eventually she decided to give up and find somewhere to sleep for the night before attempting to fly on Thursday (08Nov12).
In a post, she writes, "Ok. Time for a new plan. Been at the airport for close to 8 hours and it's only getting worse outside. I'm going to go find a place to sleep and try this again tomorrow. Thanks for all your prayers. They kept me safe."
Airline bosses across the East Coast cancelled flights out of airports in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as a new wave of bad weather headed for the area, little over a week since superstorm Sandy hit last Monday (29Oct12), leaving millions without power and thousands homeless.
The movie beauty and her castmates were due to speak to reporters at one more group event in the run-up to the film's release next week (begs12Oct12), but Greene has been left stranded in the Big Apple due to the strong winds, heavy rain and snow that hit the area on Wednesday morning.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog to complain about the travel problems, Greene writes, "Stranded in NYC missing the last Twilight press junket... Much love to the cast & press there supporting the film - wish I could be there!!
"Can't believe it up and started snowing in NYC and that the flights are cancelled AGAIN nyc I Love You but La (Los Angeles) I Miss You".
Airline bosses across the East Coast began taking precautionary measures late Wednesday morning and cancelled 1,200 flights out of airports in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
However, Greene's co-star Nikki Reed was a little luckier and managed to score a seat on one of the last flights heading west from New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport.
She tweets, "Everyone say a prayer for me. On the only flight taking off from JFK to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on delta because no other airline will fly with the storm. I'm scared."
The storm forecast comes just over a week after Hurricane Sandy, which was subsequently downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, wreaked havoc across the same region, destroying thousands of homes and leaving millions without electricity.
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.
Actress Nikki Reed has praised Twilight fans for "coming together" in the wake of a fellow follower's death outside the Comic-Con event in California on Tuesday (10Jul12).
Gisela Gagliardi died after she was hit by a car while crossing a road to take her place in a line for Thursday's (12Jul12) Twilight panel discussion in San Diego.
Stars from the franchise offered up their condolences after hearing the news, and Reed has now reached out to fans who attended the convention.
She tells MTV News, "It's a really horrible thing that happened, and it's just a tragic accident. I can feel it amongst the fans, but there's also a real sense of community and people are coming together and actually being really positive about it.
"They feel that... what she would have wanted is for all of them to still be here and see the positive aspects of it: that they're all together."
Her co-star Ashley Greene adds, "The great thing about our fans is that they're such a unit, and they're so supportive of each other. You can really see the love when you see them in groups together. I think they should keep on doing what they're doing and love and support each other and look at things as positively as possible. I think that everyone is giving their thoughts and love to her and her family."
The 53 year old, identified as Gisela G, died after she was hit by a car while crossing a road to take her place in a line for Thursday's (12Jul12) Twilight panel discussion in San Diego.
Bosses from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment expressed their sadness over the tragedy, and now stars of the vampire franchise have offered their sympathies.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Reed writes, "This is horrible. So sad. I'm speechless", while Rathbone, who became a first-time father last week (05Jul12), adds, "RIPTwihardG All our love and respect, and all our prayers."
Greene declared, "I'm so sorry to hear the... news about Gisella (sic) G. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."
In a statement, Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer writes, "It is with tremendous sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident."
No 90210 fan wonders what Megan Fox sees in husband Brian Austin Green, and according to Ali Larter, your decade-long crush on David Silver was entirely justified.
Larter has a sex scene with Green in the pilot for the drama The Asset, and she reports, "It was fantastic." Larter, who plays a CIA agent who goes undercover as a photojournalist, adds, "There are lot of very sexy, dark, disturbing situations ... It's very complicated. It's just very dark, so we'll see if it goes or not. Fox [the television network, not Megan] may be a little bit scared of it."
Larter's endorsement is even more impressive, considering that actors usually complain about how uncomfortable and unsexy it is to hit the sheets with their co-stars. Green definitely deserves a spot on our list of Hollywood's best on-screen lovers — alongside Shia LaBoeuf, who was called "the best kisser ever," by none other than Fox.
Twilight star Ashley Greene has had a chance to makeout with Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone, but she says she had the most fun filming her love scenes with Olivia Wilde in their film Butter. When asked to name the best kisser in Hollywood, Green said, “I'm going to go with Olivia. Sorry guys. Ours was much more intense than either of the boys, so they need to step up their game." She added, "She is a good kisser. And I would know this because we had to do several takes."
Timberlake has received some mixed reviews. Though his Friends With Benefits co-star Mila Kunis said two weeks of filming sex scenes with JT was "uncomfortable" at first, Amanda Seyfried loved getting romantic with him on the set of In Time. “Sex scenes are great," she said. “A lot of my co-stars have been sexy guys my age, and so, why not? I’m not going to pretend it’s not fun. Justin was great. He had come from doing Friends With Benefits, where he basically had sex every day at work so it was easy for both of us. We just kind of got it on, and then were like, ‘That was good!’"
Real life couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson play it coy on what it was like to film their Twilight love scenes, but Reese Witherspoon wasn't shy with her praise for her Water for Elephants co-star. “He’s super duper sexy,” said Witherspoon, adding that she didn't even mind being cold during filming. “Let’s just get something straight, it’s still a sex scene with Rob Pattinson! I was having a very good time.”
While pretty much every lady would jump at the chance to make out with Don Draper (though they probably shouldn't), Jon Hamm actually got more out of his ridiculous Bridesmaids sex scenes with Kristen Wiig than she did. While the SNL funny lady recalls, "We just kind of made up all these different horrible things that he could do to me and ways he could throw me around the room," Hamm says he tried to make the most of the scenes. "It's like running in the rain. There's a certain point where you go, 'F**k it, I'm already wet. I'm not going to get any less wet, so I might as well just enjoy how this feels.'" He reports that after the initial awkwardness faded, "You think, All right, we're doing this, so let's have fun with it ... You're in that moment and it's happening and it's not going to get any better, so you might as well enjoy it."
Zac Efron may have throngs of tween admirers, but he's enamored with a (very married) woman 20 years his senior. He says of his sex scenes with Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, "It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinched myself every day, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman. Nicole is so gorgeous!"
Stars Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Boo Boo Stewart served up a breakfast surprise to over 1,000 devotees lined up for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 conference at Comic-Con's fabled Hall H panel.
The cast members also signed autographs and posed for photos as many fans were left pinching themselves at the pre-event treat.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon were expected to attend the panel chat in Hall H as WENN went to press.
The four-day Comic-Con event began on Thursday morning.