Pop superstar Cher's joy at turning 40 was dealt a crushing blow when Jack Nicholson insisted she wasn't sexy enough to star in The Witches Of Eastwick. The Believe hitmaker reveals she was thrilled to be celebrating her milestone birthday back in 1986, when she hit New York for a wild night out with pals.
However, her glee soon turned sour when she received a call from director George Miller the next morning, as she was told leading man Nicholson didn't want her cast as one of his bewitched lovers in the 1987 dark comedy.
When asked what period she would return to if she could time travel, Cher tells U.K. morning show Daybreak, "I would go to the night of my 40th birthday. I was sitting with my friends and we were in a club that we all used to go to in New York and I was thinking 'Wow you know I just dodged age, I just dodged death, I'm 40 years old and I look great and I'm just having a great time'.
"Except in the morning time the man that directed The Witches of Eastwick called me and said, 'You can't be in the movie because Jack Nicholson doesn't think you're sexy.'"
Despite the apparent snub, the singer went on to star in the movie anyway, alongside Easy Rider star Nicholson and fellow screen sirens Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Celebrities are fans like us, except they can do things that we can't: like have a better chance at interacting with our favorite players.
1. Danny DeVito/Nick Punto
The diminutive DeVito went to a Dodgers game in 2013 while wearing a Punto jersey. He then saw Punto hit a home run and was able to talk with Punto during the game.
2. Spike Lee/Reggie Miller
During those heated New York Knicks/Indiana Pacers playoff games in the '90s, Spike Lee and Miller, the superstar gunner for the Pacers, had some hilarious back-and forths during the games. Such moments included Miller's infamous choke sign at the Knicks' bench and Lee.
3. Jack Nicholson/Almost Everyone in the NBA
From Jack, the Lakers' #1 fan, laughing hysterically at a player's mohawk to giving a rival play the evil eye, few celebs rule courtside like him.
4. Kobe Bryant/Chris Rock
This moment was great for not what happened, but what didn't happen: Chris Rock was trying to shoot the breeze with Kobe during a timeout and Bryant was so locked in on the game, he ignored the comedian. Maybe he gave Rock fodder for his next act.
5. Cameron Diaz/Alex Rodriguez
This wasn't exactly like the others, but the moment caught on film with Cameron Diaz feeding her then boyfriend popcorn during the Packers/Steelers Super Bowl was so...corny.
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Paula Patton, Russell Simmons, Angela Bassett and Ice Cube are among the Hollywood stars who will appear on Arsenio Hall's revived TV talk show when it launches next week (09Sep13) in America. The late-night talk show veteran is heading back to the small screen to front a new CBS series, following his successful stint presenting The Arsenio Hall Show from 1989 to 1994.
Hall will also welcome Hollywood stars Lisa Kudrow, Chris Tucker, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Djimon Hounsou, Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi and Allison Janney to the set throughout September (13).
He says, "My first... guests offer a taste of pop culture and represent the mix of talent I hope to have on my show every week. I am honoured to welcome friends - both old and new - to my show. My goal is to have fun, make people laugh and send viewers to bed with a smile on their face."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hall's musical guests will include Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Nas, Mac Miller and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Actor Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller are working to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease among young people and Hollywood, after their family's "brutal" experience with the disease. Miller's mother Adele was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, at the age of 55, and the actress admits the situation has been very hard on her.
In an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today, she says, "It can be brutal. I'm sort of at that point in my life where a lot of my girlfriends are becoming best friends with their mother and, you know, on Sunday I fed my mom dinner."
The Knocked Up star and Miller are hoping to spark dialogue by organising "fun" events to get young people "excited" about participating and helping.
In April (13), the couple held a fundraiser through their charity Hilarity for Clarity, and recruited Kevin Hart, the Backstreet Boys and actor Samuel L. Jackson to help spread the message.
Rogen says, "It's such a bummer of a disease, you almost have to have the most fun charity event imaginable to counteract that weight in some way and make people excited about participating. But I think were making it a part of a conversation its not normally a part of."
Rapper and actor Romeo Miller is lucky to be alive after a horrific car crash in Los Angeles on Friday (30Aug13). The young star has posted video footage of the wreckage of the car he was a passenger in on his Instagram.com page and reveals the vehicle collided with another motor at 70 miles per hour (112.65 kilometres per hour).
He tells TMZ.com, "I could have been gone. I got into a collision, 70 miles per hour, on my side of the car."
Miller was briefly hospitalised after the accident.
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Wednesday marks half a century since Martin Luther King delivered his prophetic "I Have a Dream" speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in our nation's capital. Viewed deservedly as one of the most important events in American history, let alone the civil rights movement, the partially improvised oration helped to usher in a future of liberty and equality for men and women of all races. Without King, we might well not have the society and opportunities we know today. We have countless film and television programs that sanctify the toils of the game changing doctor and reverend. The most notable example, perhaps, is the publicly beloved Forrest Gump, which offers a snippet of footage of King's "I Have a Dream" speech before fading to black with an ominous gunshot.
Solemn, reverent, almost holy portrayals such as Forrest Gump's are important in the maintenance of King's legacy as something that should never be taken for granted. But to view the speech, as well as King's life, work, and eventual assassination in 1968 with such distance — as a historical triumph alone — would be limiting. To those experiencing the events of King's rise, influence, and death as they occurred were likely to have highly personal relationships with each. This idea is explored in an episode of Mad Men from Season 6:
The ordinarily nefarious Pete Campbell finds his humanity in his appreciation of King, in his empathy for him hours after his assassination. But Harry Crane is not meant to be made entirely a devil, here. In Harry's mind, he's a man who believes himself responsible for the same things he was the day prior, not allowing himself to feel the daunting ramifications of King's death in the face of his day to day.
It is important to recognize the difficulty that such a moment as finding out about King's murder might have brought upon any American at the time. The melding of politics, ideologies, and personal feelings and responsibilities is sure to result in some unabiding conflict. Forty-five years after King's assassination, we are able to look at the event as a point in history. But it was, as illustrated quite adeptly in Mad Man, at one time, an experience.
Even more innovative, and controversial, is the way in which The Boondocks handled the material of King. Creator Aaron McGruder "revived" the fallen King in an alternate timeline, only to have him express disappointment with the state our society has taken (the below episode is not only NSFW, it is likely to be deemed offensive by many):
Whether you agree with McGruder's approach or not, it is necessary to thinking about King's legacy in regards to our society today. Yes, "I Have a Dream" was spoken 50 years ago. But does it no longer apply today? Have we reached or exceeded the speaker's hopes, or have we fallen short? Is this the future to which the hopeful men and women of the era aspired?
We should look back on Martin Luther King with the respect and honor he has earned, swelling with gratitude over all of the changes he imparted upon our country. But asking questions, dissecting possibilities, exploring new vantage points of situations and ideas — these are all just as important. And probably worthy of the attention of better men than Pete Campbell.
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Ben Affleck once built a Batcave entrance to a panic room in his house because of his love for the Caped Crusader. The movie star has come under fire after getting cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, but his director pal Kevin Smith insists Affleck was destined to play Bruce Wayne's alter-ego.
He reveals the actor's former home featured a bookcase that opened into a panic room.
Smith says, "He brings me into the room and goes, 'Look at this'. There's an office room and this beautiful bookcase - he reached under and he clicked something and all of a sudden the bookcase opened.
"I was like, 'No! You built a f**king Batcave?' And he was like, 'No I built a Batcave entrance!' When you went in behind the bookcase it was a panic room."
And Smith is urging the comic book fanatics who have started taking aim at Affleck over his Batman casting to hold their judgment, insisting Affleck will be great as the Caped Crusader.
He adds, "This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember. He only did Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. He's like, 'They're never going to make another Batman', because this was after Batman had nipples. So he was like, 'Daredevil's cool, and Miller wrote him as well'. So he liked the character, but it was always rooted in Batman.
"He's always been into the notion. He'll honour the character. I honestly think the dude's a great actor, it makes absolute sense."
But Batman fans aren't convinced Affleck's the right choice for the role - an online petition, launched to urge filmmakers to recast the part, has attracted over 70,000 signatures.
Prison Break star Dominic Purcell has heaped praise on his former onscreen brother Wentworth Miller for coming out as gay. Miller revealed his sexual orientation in an open letter to the organisers of a film festival in Russia, rejecting an offer to attend the event due to the conservative country's anti-gay laws.
He wrote, "Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline."
Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Bomer are among the openly gay stars who congratulated the actor on his move, and now Purcell has also saluted Miller.
He tells UsMagazine.com, "As a friend and someone I care for deeply, I am very proud of Wentworth. I wish him much happiness and peace. I applaud his courage and his stance against a wrongful, archaic ideology."
Purcell played Miller's older brother on the hit jail drama from 2005 to 2009.
"Wow, I think its really bold and incredibly classy how he came out and did it. I am really proud of him. It's very reflective of his amazing character." Openly gay actor Matt Bomer shows his support for Wentworth Miller, who 'came out' on Wednesday (21Aug13).