Country singer Kevin Sharp has died at the age of 43. Sharp passed away on Saturday (19Apr14) due to ongoing complications from "past stomach surgeries and digestive issues".
A statement on his website reads: "We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014... A Memorial Service celebrating Kevin's life is being planned in Nashville, Tennessee."
Sharp's career began after he sent super producer David Foster a demo tape, and in 1996, he released his debut album, Measure of a Man.
He was subsequently named New Touring Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association.
In addition to his music, Sharp also worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, following his bone cancer diagnosis in 1989.
Actress Kate Mara pulled a saucy prank on her House Of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey by covering her nipples with stickers of his face during a sex scene. The star plays journalist Zoe Barnes, who embarks on an affair with married politician Francis Underwood, played by Spacey.
Mara insists the plentiful nude scenes became the perfect setting to play practical jokes on her revered fellow actor.
She tells Playboy magazine, "I'd read all the scripts way in advance, so nothing shocked me. It just happened, and it wasn't uncomfortable. From day two of working with Kevin, I found him just as playful as I am. He would definitely up my game.
"I tried to get him to laugh by wearing pasties with his face on them. Of course, because Kevin wants to win whatever the game is and because he always wins, he did not laugh.
"He waited until the director said 'cut' and then he laughed. Kevin has an amazing sense of humor, but he's also a great professional and he's really f**king good at it."
Kaley Cuoco has seemingly been everywhere recently. Since showing up last fall unexpectedly on The Voice while her sister auditioned, The Big Bang Theory's resident hot girl has been chatting up reporters, even landing on the cover of Cosmopolitan, dishing openly about everything from her wedding to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting to her breast implants. Then there are her Instagram posts, which have featured Cuoco showing off the tattoo that she got in honor of her nuptials (the Roman numeral equivalent of the date), her new shorter haircut, and her stunning bikini-clad body.
It's not as though Cuoco has been averse to publicity before this. She's been in the public eye going back to when she was 17 and playing the late John Ritter's too-sexy daughter on 8 Simple Rules. She's also never been shy about showing some skin; beyond just the skimpy outfits her character Penny wears on Big Bang, the actress has done multiple cover shoots for Maxim. Something about this recent wave feels different, however.
With a guarantee of three more seasons of her sitcom in place, Cuoco appears to be making a play for a larger role in the public's mind and to keep from being known only as "Penny." In today's world, one way to compete with the Kardashian and Jenner sisters — not to mention Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. — is to put more of your personal life out for public consumption. In Cuoco's case, she's earned the right to take some chances and see if they pay off.
Over the course of her run on Big Bang, Cuoco has taken the character from being a one-note joke — the hot girl across the hall — and turned her into a three-dimensional person. She's infused her character with a funny mixture that's equal parts brashness and low self-esteem. Instead of just being the "normal" person reacting to the geniuses, we've gotten to see Penny deal with insecurities at being the non-college graduate amongst a group of Ph.Ds. Cuoco's comedic timing has improved nearly every season since the beginning of the show… with her at some point taking on somewhat of a Dean Martin persona, looking for a drink to help smooth out the rough edges.
What the actress hasn't been able to do so far, though, is make that translate into something more than being a star on TV's top rated sitcom. A lot of her recent publicity push has been in support of Authors Anonymous, a low-budget comedy costarring Chris Klein (American Pie). Her biggest on-screen success thus far has been a supporting role in the kiddie flick Hop, where she didn't even get to play the female lead (she played a secondary character, James Marsden's sister).
Despite the solid work on Big Bang, Cuoco's career hasn't exactly progressed at lightning speed. Her next project, The Wedding Ringer, puts her alongside Kevin Hart — never a bad thing — but it still places her squarely in a supporting role.
Cuoco comes across in interviews as funny and down-to-earth. She's not obnoxious about what she chooses to share about herself and it's hard to find anyone that begrudges her success. If putting her life (and body) front and center in the jostling for media attention leads to the actress being offered better film roles, then more power to her. Few others have paid their dues as long as she has for the opportunity.
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has clarified comments he made insisting he should have won a prize at the MTV Movie Awards over late actor Paul Walker. The tragic star, who perished in a car crash in November (13), was posthumously honoured with the Best Onscreen Duo award alongside his Fast & Furious 6 co-star Vin Diesel at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony.
In an interview with USA Today, Ice Cube seemed to suggest film fans voted out of sympathy for Walker, and that he should have scooped the prize with his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart. He said, "We was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period. They should have gave it to him before he passed away (sic)."
Now he has taken to Twitter.com to insist his remarks have been taken out of context, writing, "Re: (regarding) The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people! Don't believe the hype. "We should honour people before they die. That's all. MTV Awards. Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s**t is what I gotta get use to (sic). Last tweet and I'mma (sic) leave it alone. Remember this: A lie travels further then the truth (sic). Damn the devil is busy. And Paul Walker fans don't trip (get upset). I was a fan too."
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has accused fans of voting for Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker as the MTV Movie Awards' Best On-Screen Duo out of "sympathy", after losing out to the Fast & Furious pair at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony. Ice Cube and his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart were among the nominees for the accolade at the annual prizegiving, but the honour was ultimately given to Diesel and Walker, who died in a car crash last November (13).
The hip-hop veteran is bitter about the result, because he is convinced devotees let their emotions get the better of them instead of rewarding the pair which really deserved to win for outstanding chemistry.
He tells USA Today that it was a "sympathy" vote for Walker, adding, "We was robbed (sic). Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period."
He adds, "They should have gave it to him (Walker) before he passed away."
Ice Cube also reveals that he decided to leave the ceremony shortly after arriving, opting to watch a basketball game at home instead.
He admitted, "I just wasn't into it. I have been going in and out of these things (awards shows) for 25 years. If you ain't (sic) into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave."
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America is tame when it comes to sex and nudity. Audiences can see every variety of violence, but a little nudity can drastically change the rating of a film or television show. It can be pretty shocking to see your favorite actor totally nude. So much so that the very idea is tantilizing enough to get us interested in a film.
In fact, many a nude scene has helped to boost a career, or instill a film with a heightened degree of gravitas. Here some of the best and most notable nude scenes from male actors:
GALLERY: The Best Male Nude Scenes in Movies
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is liable to pay more than $800,000 (£500,000) in trial costs to concert promoters at AEG Live after unsuccessfully suing them for the King of Pop's wrongful death. Katherine Jackson failed to prove AEG executives were responsible for the Thriller hitmaker's 2009 passing after a jury ruled in favour of the entertainment company in October (13).
The defendants subsequently asked a judge to bill the Jackson matriarch for their legal fees, which amounted to over $1.2 million (£800,000), but she challenged the fees in papers filed in December (13).
AEG bosses have since revised their invoice and on Monday (14Apr14), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued a tentative decision ordering Jackson to pay up.
The ruling will be finalised after AEG executives submit the amended list of costs.
Jackson's attorney, Kevin Boyle, is planning to review the final documents before deciding on whether or not to appeal.
Katherine still maintains AEG bosses negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for her son as he prepared for his This Is It concerts in London. Murray was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol and he was released in November (13) after spending two years in prison.
Director Lee Daniels has pulled out of plans to take part in an in-depth interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York due to a scheduling conflict. The Precious filmmaker had been due to sit down with U.S. newswoman Robin Roberts to discuss his career ups and downs as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series on Friday (18Apr14), but the event has since been cancelled.
A statement from festival organisers reads: "Because of an unanticipated schedule conflict, Lee Daniels regretfully has to cancel his appearance on Friday, April 18.
"We apologize for this change, refunds will be submitted to those who purchased a ticket to attend Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Lee Daniels and Robin Roberts."
The Tribeca Talks series will also feature interviews with Ron Howard, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas and Shep Gordon.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, kicks off on Wednesday (16Apr14) and runs until 27 April (14).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has beaten Rio 2 to defend its number one spot on the North American box office chart. The superhero epic, starring Chris Evans as Captain America opposite Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, banked $41.4 million (£25.88 million) in its second week on release, just enough to soar past the animated birds of the Rio sequel, which opened at number two with $39 million (£24.4 million).
Supernatural thriller Oculus debuted at three with $12 million (£7.5 million), ahead of Kevin Costner's American football drama Draft Day, which entered the chart at four with a disappointing $9.8 million (£6.13 million).
Divergent rounded out the top five with $7.5 million (£4.69 million).
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When a movie opts to play inside baseball with a particular industry, it runs two risks: alienating the people outside looking in ("What the hell is all this mumbo jumbo?"), or alienating the people tightly connected to the underworld on display ("They got it all wrong!"). On special occasions, you have a film like Draft Day, which strikes out in both areas, somehow feigning expertise with such vigor as to befuddle strangers to behind-the-scenes football and frustrate those with an inborn knowledge of the underworld. As a member of the former community, I was bored stiff by the nonstop industry jabber. I was surprised to find, after our viewing of the movie, that a sports-savvy friend was even more aggravated with the film for everything they got so very, very wrong.
But really, neither of these is the true crime of Draft Day. Even on the promise of delivering a bona fide curtain pull on the NFL, all the film really owes us is a good story. Instead, Draft Day banks on the appeal of its would-be authenticity — this is how football people talk, act, eat, do business, grimace, throw laptops on draft day! — as a stand-in for any material we might otherwise be able to care about. The film slaps Kevin Costner's Sonny Weaver Jr., beleaguered general manager of the Cleveland Browns, with just about every go-to leading man conflict in the book (problems at work, problems with his girlfriend, problems with his family) in hopes that something will land in the neighborhood of emotional legitimacy... or, more plausibly, in hopes that it'll play enough like an attempt at a screenplay to warrant all the stats talk he's really there to spout.
His supporting cast has even less to do — Jennifer Garner is his all smiles romantic partner whose vehement love for football is supposed to make her interesting to us (What?! But she's a girl!). Ellen Burstyn is Sonny's disapproving mother, who has a penchant for wistful staring. Denis Leary is a coach who yells a lot.
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The one vein of character work that stands out as a near success comes attached to the line of potential drafts. Josh Pence plays draft frontrunner Bo Callahan who Sonny has a bad feeling about. Chadwick Boseman is the underdog linebacker who we know we're supposed to like because he takes his nephews to gymnastics. In a post-Moneyball world, Sonny is accessing the humanity in the boys he's considering for a career on his field. Hell, he's even willing to overlook the troubled past of Arian Foster because he trusts the boy's dad (I think Terry Crews is contractually obligated to appear in any movie about football). It's thin material that amounts to a disjointed explosion, but it rings as the movie's most interesting stuff. Unfortunately, it's couriered through Sonny, a character who we're barely allowed to meet.
The tragedy of this conclusion is that most of the cast members, Costner included, are giving moreover enjoyable performances — accolades in particular to 25-year-old Griffin Newman as fish-out-of-water intern Rick, suffering through the worst first day of work imaginable. The small comedy offered by Newman and a few others (bullpen fixtures like Wade Williams and Veep's Timothy Simons) is treated like an occasional garnish, but amounts to much-craved sustenance when it pervades the tasteless and stale football blather.
Blather that will detract anybody just hoping to catch a fun sports movie, and blather that will turn off the most high-minded of football fans craving some degree of industrial accuracy. In either case, the blather exists in absence of much otherwise. Without any real characters operating in this dense, hectic, ostensibly colorful world of the NFL, it feels as vacant as Sun Life Stadium on opening weekend. (Right?)
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